Run to paradise: pack your activewear, not your winter woollies, when planning your Queensland vacation escape to Villa Mar Colina, Yeppoon
While lockdowns and social distancing might see some people drawn to the bright lights and big crowds of Queensland’s metro coastal centres this winter, the charm of calming natural wonders is much more appealing to others as they plan their winter migration.
Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the Yeppoon region not only enjoys nearly postcard-perfect weather year-round as well as some of the most pristine beaches in the country, it is also a wonderland of natural attractions ready to discover. The perfect place for your Queensland winter vacation.
There is so much more to Yeppoon than sun, sand, surf, and snorkelling, so here are our top picks when it comes to exploring the Natural Wonders of the Capricorn Coast.
Leisure time at Lammermoor
We understand holidays are all about relaxing, but be sure to pack the active wear and gear so you can experience a number of hiking trails beginning at the main car park by Lammermoor beach, including bike trails that are perfect for bikes, scooters or skates.
A stunningly pristine beach 10 minutes south of Yeppoon, you’ll have no trouble finding your own piece of paradise here.
Bask in Byfield
There is a new buzz word doing the rounds in natural therapy circles that is slowly making its way into popular culture.
Shinrin in Japanese means forest, and yoku means bath; shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses.
In simple terms it means being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.
What better place to experience your own forest bathing than the beautiful Byfield Conservation Park?
Extending over 15,000 hectares, you can enjoy cool, calming scenery of dappled sunlight, lush forests, and bubbling streams.
The park also boasts immense sand dunes, beaches, swamps, rainforest-edged creeks, and rugged granite pinnacles.
Plus, you can enjoy several spectacular swimming holes and walking trails that will reward you with impressive Insta-worthy views.
Get cavernous ravenous
If you’re seeking a tree change during your sea change (it could happen, I suppose…), put your best ‘cooee’ to the test at the Capricorn Caves, just outside of neighbouring Rockhampton.
This natural cave system meanders through a limestone ridge against a backdrop of rainforest.
Talk about being spoiled for choice.
Take in a tour, such as an adventure caving experience in these astonishing eco-tourism accredited caves or plan your trip to coincide with one of their popular Opera in the Caves events.
Take a hike
Want to feel the burn? Why not tackle Mount Jim Crow?
A volcanic plug of trachyte, there are a few different tracks up Mount Jim Crow which include steep walks. One section is a loose rock scramble for about 60m, which offers beautiful views.
It’s an easy bushwalk to the base of the mountain, with a quick but hard climb up to the top.
The maximum elevation is 223m, and the total climb distance 186m.
Be a beach bum
Yep, even during your Queensland vaction in winter the sun is shining and the beach is calling.
While visiting the Capricorn Coast doesn’t have to be all about the ocean (think swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and catching boats out to the Keppel Bay Islands) we are blessed with 13 white-sand beaches, perfect for beachcombing.
Statue Bay is the perfect spot to kayak, stand up paddleboard or throw in a line.
Kemp Beach, Mulambin Beach and Kinka Beach, each offer a glorious tropical beachside experience, without the crowds of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
So, if your dreaming of a Queensland vacation in winter, 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 for when the mercury starts to dip down south.