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Five Free Holiday Activities for the Whole Family on the Capricorn Coast

With the summer holidays just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get down to the beach with the family. Yeppoon, situated just a day’s drive north of Brisbane, is a fantastic destination the whole family can enjoy, no matter how big or small the budget. With calm beaches basically on your doorstep at Villa Mar Colina, and a wide range of free holiday activities for all ages to enjoy, creating a great family holiday while saving a buck has never been easier!

We’ve found five of the best free activities in and around Yeppoon that you and your family can enjoy together.

1. The Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken

It would be crazy to take a family holiday to Yeppoon and not enjoy the latest and greatest attraction in town – the Yeppoon Lagoon! Just a fifteen-minute walk along the beautiful Yeppoon Main Beach from Villa Mar Colina, the Yeppoon Lagoon has quickly become a favourite among both locals and tourists to swim, play and relax by the beach. With a resort-style pool patrolled by lifeguards, free entry and nearby seating and barbecues, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic day by the pool.

If you choose a beachfront walk on your way over to the Yeppoon Lagoon, you’ll be sure to pass by the Keppel Kraken. This zero-depth water play area features a host of interactive elements such as water cannons, jets and a unique umbrella bucket unlike anything else in Queensland. The kids can explore and play on the sea creature sculptures while Mum and Dad can keep an eye on them from the wooden deck and picnic tables surrounding the area. Being open seven days during the school holidays, it’s the perfect free holiday activity for kids and adults to cool off!

2. Street Art Hunt

On your walk to the Yeppoon Lagoon or Keppel Kraken, you might notice some of the incredible street art that’s popped up around Yeppoon. It’s everywhere, from the iconic bakers in Pie Alley, the Kraken on Barry St to Yeppoon’s most celebrated musical duo Busby Marou on the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park. There are countless pieces within a short walking distance from Villa Mar Colina alone, but if you venture further you can find pieces such as the Selina Shipwreck at Wreck Point Lookout, a dedication to Groucho Marx on the Yeppoon Library or vibrant cockatoos at Emu Park. Hunting down these pieces is a fantastic free holiday activity you can enjoy on the Capricorn Coast!

Street art of three bakers holding pies on a brick wall. A great free holiday activity is finding street art.

3. Anzac Memorial Walk and Singing Ship

If you decide to take the 22-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina in Yeppoon down to Emu Park on your street art hunt, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the incredible Anzac Memorial Walk. Located just by Emu Park’s main beach, the walk is a beautiful and moving tribute to our soldiers and can be a fantastic way to teach your kids about the story of the Anzacs. This emotional and enlightening walk is unlike any other in such a small, regional town.

As you continue up the hill on a beautiful boardwalk above the beach, you’ll come to the Singing Ship. This amazing instrument is played by the wind blowing through it, creating beautiful, eerie and peaceful sounds. It’s an absolute must-see when coming to the Capricorn coast for your next family holiday – and completely free!

4. Bluff Point Bushwalk

Just a short 13-minute drive from Villa Mar Colina is Bluff Point, rising up between Kinka Beach and Kemp Beach. As part of the Capricorn Coast National Park, Bluff Point is famed for its amazing bushwalking track. While the full 2.3 km circuit might be better suited to those with some bushwalking experience, it’s only 600m to reach the famous Turtle Lookout, where you can look out over the stunning Keppel Islands and even spot turtles in the water below! If you continue for the full circuit, you’ll come across another lookout before heading back downhill through beautiful dense dry rainforest.

At the start of the walking track is a picnic ground with barbecues and public toilets, making it a fantastic spot for a picnic by the beach. There’s also access to Kemp Beach, where you can explore the rockpools and swim in calm waters. There’s even a shower for you to rinse off the salt and sand before heading back to Villa Mar Colina! This outing is sure to be the perfect free holiday activity for the adventurous family.

5. Stony Creek Picnic and Day-Use Area

A half-hour’s drive north of Villa Mar Colina, you’ll find the gem that is Stony Creek, nestled in the stunning Byfield National Park. This beautiful creek is surrounded by forests and pine trees, and there are plenty of picnic tables and barbecues for you to cook with – why not prepare a picnic ahead of time at Villa Mar Colina in your self-contained villa? Bringing your own shade is recommended but the day-use area is easy to access in just about any vehicle, and the tree-shaded swimming hole is the best way to cool off on a hot summer day. Getting out into the beauty of the Byfield National Park is a fun, free holiday activity you won’t forget!

Photo of Stony Creek, surrounded by trees

The Perfect Place to Holiday

Central to everything Yeppoon has to offer including dining, groceries, free activities and more, all while offering stunning views of Keppel Bay and the Keppel Islands, Villa Mar Colina makes an amazing home-away-from-home for any family holiday. With one-, two- and three-bedroom villas available, you’ll be able to fit your family comfortably with all the amenities you need, including a full kitchen, laundry facilities within your villa and an on-site garage for your car. Villa Mar Colina provides four-star luxury that won’t break the bank, making it the perfect place to stay for your family holiday.

Looking for Adventure? Find it on the Capricorn Coast!

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.

24 Hours in Yeppoon

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.

CQ Village Festival 2019

The 2019 CQUniversity Village Festival will run over two weekends for 2-11 August. A new production of the extraordinary Redfoot Cabearet will be the Gala Opening event on Friday August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd 2019. The core music program for the Village Festival is staged on the iconic Yeppoon foreshore main stage, and is complemented with a number of key venues running significant music and arts programs including: The Strand Hotel; the Queen Street Community Hall; Keppel Bay Sailing Club; The Railway Hotel; and Yeppoon Town Hall. Many other events and arts programs and installations will also be presented along Yeppoon’s main beach and Lagoon Precinct, in local parks and as far as Emu Park!

With the longer Festival duration in 2019 their will also be music on the foreshore stage on Friday 9 August, with the headline act being popular Sydney band Kingswood On Saturday 10m legendary Australian rockers the Hoodoo Gurus will wow the crowd with their long list of well-known Australian hits. The Hoodoo Gurus occupy a special place in Australian music history, boasting nine studio albums between 1982 to the presnt day. Hoodoo Gurus can proudly call themselves Australian Rock Pioneers.

Villa Mar Colina is offering two and three night packages. Be sure to book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out. Give us a call to discuss your options on 07 49393177

Winter in Yeppoon

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.
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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.

Yeppoon refurbished Accommodation

We at Villa Mar Colina are very excited to announce that we have a newly refurbished 2 bedroom/2 bathroom Town House available.  The very roomy bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs and the living area and large Balcony are upstairs, and of course the views are breathtaking. The apartment also has a secure remote controlled garage. Come and check it out we are sure you will not be disappointed.  While you are here we would recommend you stay for a while and check out all the Capricorn Coast has to offer.  The magnificant Yeppoon Lagoon, Keppel Island, Byfield National Park, War Memerial Emu Park, just the name a few of the wonderful attractions.

Yeppoon, a destination, not just a stopover.

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.

Yeppoon Accommodation – 5 Reasons Villa Mar Colina offers unique accommodation

1.   Stunning Views  – Imagine sitting back on your private patio taking in the spectacular views of Keppel Bay.

2.  Very Roomy Apartments –  Our apartments are extremely roomy with separate dining, living area and large bedrooms.

3.  Own Private Patio  and remote controlled lock up garage –  Sit back, relax, enjoy, knowing your car or motor bike  is securely locked away.

View from Patio

4.  Quiet Location –  Villa Mar Colina is situated in a very quiet location, but still only 150 meters from Yeppoon’s town centre, beach, restaurants and shops.

5.  Spectacular Illusion Pool and BBQ Area –  Come and experience

Valentines Day in Yeppoon

Stay at Villa Mar Colina this Valentines Day and receive complimentary wine and chocolates on arrival. There are also Plenty of great restaurants in Yeppoon offering special Valentine’s Day menus.       Dinner and show at Footlights Theatre Restaurant Ph 0749392399,      6 course dinner at Charlie’s Cafe Phone 0439 988 903  Vue wine bar and restaurant  Ph4939 8034. MegalomaniaRestaurant Ph 49392333. So exciting to be able to offer our guests great accommodation in Yeppoon and so many dinner choices for that very special person in your life.


Yeppoon Tropical Hideaway

Are you dreaming of escaping winter and heading to a  tropical hideaway?  Is the air still crisp with the sting of winter and you’re finding it hard to roll out of bed in the morning?

If you’re from the southern states and you’re looking for an out, we promise it doesn’t have to be all woolly jumpers and socks this winter. Follow the sun to the Capricorn Coast!

The weather is beautiful, the beach breaks are still balmy, so come on; ditch the doona and fall into the warm, sandy embrace of Yeppoon’s beaches.  Stay with us at Villa Mar Colina to experience an escape from the winter chill and enjoy blue skies and warm weather to make that harsh winter seem shorter.  Who knows…you may never want to leave.<