The Capricorn Coast and Southern Great Barrier Reef is a place which is easy to find but where you can just as easily lose yourself in island perfection, pristine coral reefs, secluded beaches, towering escarpments, sub-tropical rainforests and dramatic landscapes.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers visitors to Queensland, Australia the chance to see large hard coral reefs firsthand and join colourful fish and big marine life like turtles, dolphins and manta rays for a swim.
At just a 1 hour flight from Brisbane, this unique region can easily be included as part of a larger itinerary and the snorkelling is within easy reach, right off the beach.
Rockhampton is the main point of entry via airport for visitors to the city and nearby Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island.
Great Keppel Island
Ferries to Great Keppel Island depart daily from Keppel Bay Marina in Rosslyn Bay Harbour. There are also a number of charters, and full day cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options available from Keppel Bay Marina.
Great Keppel Island offers visitors a variety of accommodation options, from tents, cabins and family rooms, to beach houses on the water’s edge. Take a few days to walk through its native bushland and explore some of it’s 17 pristine white-sand beaches.
Great Keppel Island boasts crystal blue waters, white sand, coral reefs, numerous water activities, fishing and bush walks. It has arguably the best beaches of any Great Barrier Reef island, safe swimming and water temperatures that tempt at any time of year; but the real kicker is that if you wish, you can enjoy all of this in virtual isolation and be back on the mainland in an easy 30 minutes!
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The 18 islands in the Keppel group, Southern Great Barrier Reef, offer pristine reef, white sand beaches and sparkling blue sea – you’ll be begging to get castaway!
Just a 40 minute drive from Rockhampton airport, this seaside town offers a picturesque esplanade with its backdrop of offshore islands, sparkling azure sea and clear blue skies.
Families are well catered for in Yeppoon, with the foreshore’s “Keppel Kraken” zero-depth water park, open daily with lots of fun and free activities for the kids every day of the year!
A short stroll south down Anzac Parade will take you to Appleton Park, a fully fenced and shaded children’s playground that offers almost endless activities for the kids, including an all abilities playground, sandpit and mini bike track, plus BBQ’s, tables and amenities to make it an ideal family outing.
From $599 per person sharing, including car hire, stay in a luxury apartment at Salt overlooking Keppel Bay in Yeppoon, courtesy of Sunlover Holidays. Book Now!
A heavenly retreat awaits at Echelon Apartments Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast, with prime beachfront position and panoramic ocean views. Book Now on Sunlover Holidays, with prices starting from $619 per adult, including car hire.
Rockhampton is the main airport town to access Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island. Rockhampton is most famous for some of the most spectacular caves in Queensland – with the Capricorn Caves just 23km drive away.
The Capricorn Caves are the state’s oldest tourist attraction and display incredible above ground limestone caves formed from an ancient coral reef over 400 million years ago. Whilst in Rockhampton, also include a drive up Mount Archer National Park, which has easy walking tracks and sweeping views over the city to the west and the islands of Keppel Bay to the east.
Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable accommodation experience for short or long stay at Quest Rockhampton, starting from $545 per person sharing, including car hire. Book Now!
Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton is located right in the centre of Rockhampton, overlooking the Fitzroy River in sunny Queensland. Book your package now, starting from $479 per person sharing, including car hire.