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Posted on October 14th, 2019
Situated near the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the Capricorn Coast offers stunning beaches, perfect weather and the perfect relaxing holiday destination. But maybe you’re after a little more adventure? Well, the Capricorn Coast boasts a host of exciting thrill-seeking adventures for the adrenaline junkie to enjoy! Here’s just five of Villa Mar Colina’s favourite Capricorn Coast adventures!
Learn to Scuba Dive on Great Keppel Island
Visible from the balconies of Villa Mar Colina are the Keppel Islands, a tropical paradise undisturbed and ready for you to enjoy. But if bushwalking and birdwatching isn’t your speed, why not get under the water and learn how to scuba? Great Keppel Island Watersports and Activities offer a range of scuba diving adventures perfect for the absolute beginner with certification courses available. This is the perfect opportunity to dip your flippers into the wonderful world of scuba!
Great Keppel Island Watersports and Activities runs their dives from the beautiful Great Keppel Island. You can get there using daily ferry transfers from Keppel Bay Marina, located just a short drive from Villa Mar Colina. If you’d like to learn more, head over to Great Keppel Island Watersports and Activities’ website for all the information you need.
Experience Yeppoon from 12,000 feet with Skydive Capricorn
If the water isn’t for you, why not explore the sky? With Skydive Capricorn you can do just that, heading up to 12,000 feet above the ground before the rush of a freefall at speeds of up to 200 km/h. On your descent you’ll see amazing views of Yeppoon, Emu Park, the Keppel Islands from above, ending with a five-minute parachute ride before landing on either Farnborough Beach in Yeppoon or Kinka Beach near Emu Park.
Skydive Capricorn takes off from Hedlow Airport or Emu Park Airstrip, depending on which beach you’d like to land on. Both are located just a 20-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina, making them fantastic options for your thrill-seeking stay in Yeppoon! You can learn more about their services on their website.
Thrilling 4×4 in Byfield National Park
If you’re looking for adventure of the vehicular kind, you’ll be able to find it in Byfield National Park. Just a half-hour drive north of Villa Mar Colina in Yeppoon you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the Park, where you can take your four-wheel-drive on an adventure through the sandy tracks out to Five Rocks, named for the five rocks that jut out from the coast towards the ocean. The park boasts pristine beaches, beautiful views and incredible four-wheel driving.
When you head out make sure your vehicle is capable of the trip and fully equipped – the track is famed for its’ giant sand dune known as Big Sandy, which is a rewarding challenge for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts entering the park. Byfield National Park is the perfect adventurous day trip for the whole family – you can even prepare a family picnic in your self-contained villa at Villa Mar Colina! Learn more about the park, what to bring and where to drive on the Queensland Government Parks and Forests website.
Incredible Views with a Helicopter Tour
There’s even more to discover from the sky, and no better way to discover it than from a helicopter! With Rockhampton Helicopters you can take a scenic flight over the Capricorn Coast, over the Capricorn wetlands or out to the Capricorn Caves and Mt Etna. You can even take a longer flight to fly over Rockhampton City or out to Great Keppel Island, soaking up the very best views of the region from the city to the ocean!
Rockhampton Helicopters is located just a 20-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina, with flights taking off every Saturday from 9:30am through until 4:00pm, weather permitting. Bookings are recommended, and you can learn more about their available tours on their website.
Get Down to Earth in the Capricorn Caves
We’ve had adventures in the sea, sky and across the land – now it’s time to go underground. The Capricorn Caves are located a 40-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina and boast incredible systems to explore! While some may prefer a relaxing tour through the main caves, there’s plenty more exciting adventures to have at the Capricorn Caves.
The Capricorn Caves has an array of exciting activities available, including an adventure caving tour where you get to squeeze and crawl through caves and tunnels, finishing with incredible panoramic views from on top of the surface ridge. There are also family caving adventures perfect for bringing the kids along, as well as abseiling, climbing wall and high ropes courses suited well to groups. If you’d like to learn more about what’s on offer at the Capricorn Caves, head over to their website to learn more.
Rest up for your next adventure
After a full day of adventure, regardless of if you’ve headed out to the sea, sky or even underground, you’ll need a good night’s sleep so you can wake up rested and refreshed ready to do it all again! Villa Mar Colina makes the perfect home base for your adventure holiday, with luxury four-star self-contained accommodation and amazing 180-degree views of the coast and the Keppel islands to help you recharge. Not only that, our central location by the Yeppoon Foreshore means you’ll be just a hop, skip and jump away from Yeppoon’s best dining and entertainment! Whatever exciting things you find to do on the Capricorn Coast, Villa Mar Colina will make the perfect home-away-from-home for your next great adventure.
Posted on September 16th, 2019
Situated just an hour’s flight north of Brisbane, Yeppoon is a hidden gem along the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Yeppoon offers a relaxing holiday spot suitable for couples and families with all kinds of activities to do and adventures to be had by the beach, in the bush and out at the stunning Keppel Islands! And what could be better by staying in luxury Yeppoon accommodation overlooking both town and sea?
Villa Mar Colina offers magnificent beachfront views and lush tropical gardens just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Yeppoon. With fully self-contained one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and a lavish penthouse available, Villa Mar Colina makes the perfect home away from home when you come to explore everything the Capricorn coast has to offer. To give you a taste, we’ve put together an example itinerary of what 24 hours of your dream Yeppoon holiday could look like!
Breakfast – Flour
Yeppoon has no shortage of wonderful local cafes with amazing coffee and meals. Just a five-minute walk from Villa Mar Colina can find you at local institutions such as Flour, where you can get a stunning breakfast and delicious coffee to start your day off right.
This wonderful little café is open from 7 AM six days a week and boasts a delicious fresh menu for both breakfast and lunch, plus an incredible display of pastries, quiches and cakes to tickle your sweet tooth. It’s the perfect way to start off your Yeppoon holiday!
Morning – Yeppoon Foreshore
After breakfast, you’ll be ready to go and explore Yeppoon! And there’s no better place to explore than the Foreshore, just down the hill from Villa Mar Colina. Not only can you enjoy the beautiful calm beaches that overlook the Keppel Islands, there’s plenty of fun to be had shopping in local boutiques, enjoying the hunt for street art by amazing local artists and playing at the Keppel Kraken and the Yeppoon Lagoon!
The Yeppoon Lagoon is free to enter, with a shallow children’s play area, a swim-up infinity edge with a view out to the Keppel Islands and its own café, The Rocks Café. This is the perfect place for a swim, a bit of morning tea and a nice walk along the beach.
Lunch – Keppel Bay Sailing Club
All that swimming works up an appetite, so why not treat yourself to lunch overlooking Keppel Bay? At the Keppel Bay Sailing Club’s Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar, you can enjoy bistro-style dining with full table service, a delicious menu suited to the whole family and daily specials. Downstairs you’ll also find the Beach Club Café, which offers a more casual dining experience with all your favourites.
The Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar starts serving lunch from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and has both indoor and outdoor dining options with stunning views of the Keppel Islands. The Beach Club Café is open from 5:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with their lunch menu starting from 11:00 AM.
Afternoon – Cooberrie Park
After lunch, it’s time to meet the locals! Just a fifteen-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina lies Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, offering an up close and personal animal experience unlike any other. Cooberrie Park offers its visitors the chance to hold a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and explore a beautiful stretch of bushland filled with native wildlife.
Every day at 1:00 PM, Cooberrie Park puts on a wildlife show where you can hold snakes, parrots, lizards, dragon and even pet a koala for free! This incredible experience is perfect for any animal lover, young or old.
Evening – Sunset Cruise
As the sun sets behind the coastal ranges, it’s time to head back out to the bay. Sail Capricornia has an unforgettable offer of a sunset cruise, taking you out across Keppel Bay for breathtaking views of the mainland, Great Keppel Island and incredible sunsets you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
This romantic experience departs from the Keppel Bay Marina and includes a cheese platter to enjoy while watching the moon rise over the ocean. A truly memorable evening you won’t soon forget!
Dinner – Vue
Yeppoon is not short of fine dining options, with all kinds of restaurants up and down the Capricorn Coast to suit every taste and budget. One option sure to blow you away is Vue, a wine bar and restaurant located on the beachfront just a quick walk away from your accommodation at Villa Mar Colina. With modern Australian cuisine and a hand-picked wine list, there is sure to be something on their menu to amaze and delight.
Vue is open seven days for lunch, tapas and dinner, with intimate tables indoors, casual bar seating and relaxed outdoor tables where you can enjoy the sea breeze and a wonderful view of the Keppel islands on the horizon.
Night – Villa Mar Colina
After a full day of food, fun and adventure, there’s nothing better than relaxing and unwinding in luxury Yeppoon holiday accommodation with magnificent views. Villa Mar Colina is situated atop Bluff Point, with fantastic 180° views of Yeppoon Main Beach, Farnborough Beach and Keppel Bay out to the islands. With your own private balcony to watch the stars and a luxurious bed to rest in, you’ll soon be ready for another exciting day of adventure on the Capricorn Coast.
Posted on May 3rd, 2019
Winters in Yeppoon are magical because …
The weather is perfect and the water still warm enough to swim in, especially if you’re coming from the South!
Expect an average temperature of 24 degrees during winter days. If you are looking to get away from a hectic life style, look no further than Villa Mar Colina, where you can spend lazy days on your patio or balcony, sipping a chilled glass of wine, watching the world go by. If a little more action is what you would prefer a day out exploring Bifield could be an option, or pack a picnic lunch and head for a drive along Farnborough beach, where you could throw in a line. A visit to Capricorn Caves is a wonderful experience, not to be missed. You can also catch a ferry across to Keppel Island, with Freedom Fast Cats or Keppel Konnections, to spend the day on the beach or experience one of their cruises. A Whale watching cruise is available from July to September. Sail the Keppels with Funtastic Cruises, fulfil your dreams on a 56ft Luxury catamaran with Rod and Ita. Hold a Koala at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, or a snake or a lizard or two if you dare. Experience the rush of being close to today’s link to the dinosaurs at Koorana Crocodile Farm. Be amazed at their size and broaden your knowledge of nature’s oldest children. Yeppoon also has great restaurants and great shopping, so don’t delay book your next getaway at Villamarcolina in Yeppoon, gataway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
We’ve prepared this article to share with you the best things to do in Yeppoon in winter.
Yeppoon Accommodation – Villa Mar Colina the place to stay
Villa Mar Colina offers 1, 2, 3 bedroom villas and magnificant 3 bedroom Penthouse overlooking Yeppoon’s Keppel Bay with spectacular views across to the Islands. Only 150 Meters from Yeppoon Foreshore, great restaurants and great shopping. Come and experience our great hospitality for yourself Check availability or book your winter escape now.
Posted on February 28th, 2019
Great things are happening in Yeppoon. Gone are the days and nights of nothing to do. Yeppoon now offers fun and entertainment for all our visitors. Yeppoon foreshore precinct has had a major overhaul and now offers not only beautiful gardens, a water park, skate park, playground but a magnificent Lagoon for not just families, but for everyone to enjoy. We have found at Villa Mar Colina that guests are extending there stay once they realise all the town now has to offer. Great shopping, great restaurants including Vue Wine bar and Restaurant, Afishionados, Charlies on the Beach, Megalomania and Pie Ally just to name a few. Of course, one could not leave without a day cruising the Keppels with Funtastic Cruises or visiting Keppel Island with Freedom Fast Cats. Another great day is a trip to Byfield National Park to discover all the great walks. Whatever you enjoy doing would certainly take longer than an overnight stay in Yeppoon. Come and check us out.