Cool things about the Capricorn Coast

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From rainforests to sparkling beaches the Capricorn Coast is a place of outstanding beauty. Rich in history and

Why is it called the Capricorn Coast?

The Coast is under the Tropic of Capricorn, for which it is named, and it sweeps along the Pacific Ocean at Central Queensland just a 30-minute drive from the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton, and only 600 kilometres from the capital, Brisbane.

Tropic of Capricorn – Rockhampton

It’s not so big

The region is easy to explore, being only about 75 km (47 mi) from end to end. The region is comparatively small in population, with dozens of towns and islands scattered along its length.

The Captain Cook connection

Captain Cook figures large when it comes to the history of the Capricorn coast area.

One great excursion out is to visit the ‘singing ship’.

Set against a spectacular coastal vista of blue seas with Great Keppel Island in the distance, the Singing Ship is a majestic monument that commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook.

The forty-foot-high structure represents Captain Cook’s ship, The Endeavour, and was created in 1970 to mark the bicentenary of Captain Cook’s arrival in the bay in 1770.

Yeppoon, the small town with soul.

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Villa Mar Colina is the Capricorn coast’s major town, Yeppoon, a small town with a big heart.

The town offers an incredible mix of worlds. There’s the dining where you can feast on top-notch seafood, sip on fine wines, nibble mouth-watering cakes and enjoy the cafe culture.

Then there’s the amazing Yeppoon lagoon. Set right next to the beach and surrounded by wonderful cafes, the lagoon is the perfect spot to spend time splashing about and enjoying the spectacular ocean views across the crisp sandy beach.

Capricorn coast - Yeppoon lagoon

Of course, if you like relaxing in a pool our pool may be the ideal choice. No walk at all, and with stunning views out across the ocean.

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Not too hot, not too cold.

The subtropical climate of the region makes it an ideal destination year-round.

Summers are hot but without the extreme humidity of Far North Queensland. January is the hottest and wettest month, with an average temperature of 29.3 ºC. Jun dips down to a very mild winter temperature of 21.9 ºC.

No matter the time of year the weather is pleasant and leads to a laidback and relaxed vibe. No need to rush about sweating or freezing.  

Offshore islands

There are islands and atolls all along the Capricorn coast, ideal for water lovers and outdoor adventurers. Of the myriad choices, there is Great Keppel Island, lush tropical beaches await and are just a short ferry ride from the mainland. Or, if you prefer, you can arrange a day trip and explore around with a guide. Just let us know at reception and we’d love to give you a hand planning.

Emu park

Home of the famous singing ship sculpture, Emu park is just a scenic 20 minutes’ drive from Yeppoon and is well worth a visit.

It’s a pretty little seaside village which boasts a beautiful town park (Bell Park), the ideal spot for a picnic or kick around with the kids. Monthly markets are held in Bell Park which are well worth a visit for items on sale, including pieces from local artists.

While spending time in Emu Park one of the great attractions to take in is the war memorial walk.

Renowned for its beautiful surroundings and linear depiction of battles, the Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Memorial tells the story of Australia’s World War I heroes.

Why is the town called Emu Park? Originally it was named Hewittville, but was soon became known as Emu Park. The reason for the name may have been local emus and the park-like appearance of the foreshore.

Yeppoon and Emu Park were separate for 50 years.

Emu Park was initially separated from Yeppoon by the expansive Causeway Lake and the shifting dunes of Kinka. It took fifty years after the towns were first established until a permanent tide-proof causeway was finally constructed in around 1940, to join the two ends of the coast.

In the early days, the towns had quite distinct and separate characters, and these separate personalities are still apparent today, 80 or so years after the causeway’s construction.

Wining and dining

In Yeppoon, there are a wide range of places to eat and drink.

Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant is set in the heart of downtown Yeppoon, and directly across from the beach, with soaring ceilings and modern design. Guaranteed great food and a relaxed dining experience.

Yeppoon also has the amazing Lure Living. The beachfront location has beautiful views out to the ocean, and the fantastic coffee, great breakfasts and lunches, fresh juices, and smoothies make it well worth a visit.

Another place well worth a visit is with the Rocks café, bar and restaurant. More great food with expansive water views and something for everyone’s tastebuds, and located right on Yeppoon lagoon.

Lure Living – Yeppoon
The Rocks – Yeppoon
Waterfront Seafood bar and grill

You are really spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. The Waterfront seafood bar and restaurant for your seafood.  Vue, The Rocks, Citrus, Pie Alley and so many more places catering for all tastes and budgets.

Come and visit the Capricorn Coast

If you’re dreaming of a Queensland vacation and you are inspired to add the Capricorn Coast to your travel list, start dreaming now with Villa Mar Colina’s accommodation options and planning tips 

Once you’re here let us know what you’re interested in seeing and doing and we can help you book your excursions and help you make the most of your time with us.

See you soon.

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