The Capricorn coast is a unique stretch of coastline that encapsulates all the beauty of Queensland beaches with an added bonus of serenity and tranquillity that is quite rare in the sunshine state.
While local families flock to the beaches during school holidays, outside of this busy period the majority of the Capricorn coast is uncrowded. Even during peak season you do not need to venture far to find a peaceful beach patch to call your own.
Capricorn Coast accommodation incorporates Yeppoon, Gladstone, Heron Island, Wilson Island, and Rockhampton. There is considerable diversity between these destinations covering everything from Island getaways to family holidays to adventure trips.
The climate is a crisp, temperate one. Expect balmy days, moonlit evenings, and colourful sunsets that bring with them the smell of the tropics. Located under the Tropic of Capricorn, as it is named after, the Capricorn Coast sweeps down the Pacific Ocean where wildlife sightings are plentiful, from whales spouting seawater to turtles hatching from their eggs and starting their journey to the ocean to platypus playing around in lakes and rivers, the coast is rich with life.
Book your Capricorn coast accommodation in Rockhampton aka the capital of cattle country and brace yourself for the best steakhouses in Australia. Serious about their title, the locals follow up their amazing beef with some of the best rodeos in the state, so don’t forget to pack your cowboy boots and giant hats!
From Rockhampton travel towards the shorefront and you will find the sleepy coastal village of Yeppoon equip with long beaches, a calm ocean, waterfront cafés, and breathtaking accommodation. Filling the space between the beach and the vast baron Queensland interior is the hinterland filled with volcanic outcrops, bush trails, and a myriad of native flora and fauna. Great Keppel is a simple hop, skip, and jump from Yeppoon sitting at a convenient 13 kilometres offshore – perfect for day trips from your Capricorn coast accommodation.
Heron and Wilson islands are a nature lover’s paradise. Heron Island is a natural coral cay placed atop colourful reef. The island is famed for its Loggerhead Green Sea Turtles; between September to March every year Heron Island is a breeding ground for these gorgeous creatures, giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal. There is a host of other activities available on the island such as nature walks, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, spa treatments, and I-SPY submarine adventures.
Sitting just above Heron Island, is the smaller yet equally as charming Wilson Island, a private paradise perfect for groups travelling together, or to explore as a day trip from Heron Island. The designer inspired island offers accommodation for only 12 people at a time. These lucky travellers can spend their days watching turtles and birds nesting, hatchlings birth, lazing in a hammock, enjoying a drink at the Longhouse, snorkelling, hiking around the island, and drinking in the stunning views.
Finally the Capricorn Coast is also home to Gladstone a town that basks in subtropical climates and is surrounded by beaches, islands, waterways and is on the doorstep of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Spend your days in Gladstone relaxing on a deserted beach, sailing, kite surfing, kayaking, whale watching or simply enjoying your Capricorn Coast accommodation to its fullest. The city centre overlooks a deep water harbour and offers visitors weekend markets, stunningly landscaped parks and gardens, museums, and a myriad of restaurants. The picturesque twin seaside towns of Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770 also reside just a stone’s throw from Gladstone.
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