Queensland’s Capricorn Coast gets its name from the fact that it is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn. If you know anything about the Tropic of Capricorn, you will know that it marks the southernmost tropical latitude. This makes for an ideal tropical climate, being a little cooler than many other hot and humid tropical locations. In Queensland, Keppel Bay is crossed by this invisible line and the coastal regions and islands surrounding Keppel Bay are the Capricorn Coast.
The town of Yeppoon, located on the shores of Keppel Bay, is the largest city on the Capricorn Coast. All it takes is a glance at an aerial photograph of Yeppoon to convince you that it is worth a visit. With a population of around 16,000, Yeppoon is large enough to have all the services and amenities you want without the crowds that can spoil a laid-back tropical retreat. In fact, if anything defines the people of Yeppoon, it would be “laid back and relaxed.”
That’s not to say that the lucky locals in Yeppoon aren’t there to help make your stay enjoyable. On the contrary, they welcome visitors and will go out of their way to make sure your holiday is a memorable one. You will only be disappointed by Yeppoon if you like inflated price tags and the hustle and bustle of a highly competitive business district. In Yeppoon, you can enjoy a great meal at a delightful alfresco sidewalk café just a short stroll away from a tranquil beach and the turquoise sea, but your day won’t be spoiled when your friendly local waitress delivers your bill.
All of the communities along the Capricorn Coast are like Yeppoon, only smaller. As the boat harbour for all of the Coast and the place where the Great Keppel Island ferry departs, Rosslyn Bay could be said to be the busiest community on the Capricorn Coast. Even here, though, everything takes place at a leisurely, tropical pace. If you want to get away from it all and feel like you are a Robinson Cruscoe for a day, all you have to do is step away from the harbour and wander down Kemp Beach or proceed a little further to the Bluff Point National Park walking track.
Great Keppel Island is probably the best known landmark on the Capricorn Coast and there’s a good reason why. It is simply beautiful. Great Keppel Island has everything you want in a tropical resort except for the price tag and the pretension. You can take your pick of 14 pure white sandy beaches, explore easily accessible coral reefs with just a mask and snorkel, enjoy a leisurely or challenging walk through stunning tropical forests or just relax in the sun. The ferry ride from Rosslyn Bay takes only half an hour, so you can spend the day on Great Keppel Island or stay a week if you like – the choice is yours.
Whether you choose to stay at a mainland Capricorn Coast accommodation or on Great Keppel or one of the other islands, you will find something that fits in perfectly with your needs and the relaxed Capricorn Coast lifestyle. For a tropical getaway the way it’s meant to be, visit the Capricorn Coast.
About the author: Sidney Morgan write for ‘Book it Now’ an online Holiday Accommodation website in Australia. If visiting Australia find some great 1770 accommodation on the Capricorn Coast as well as other information to help plan your trip ‘Down Under’.