It’s not just the views of Keppel Bay Marina that keep diners coming back for more here. It’s the service, and the steak. Owned by beef barons Richard and Libbie Wilson, who own a cattle station out at Banana, The Waterline serves the likes of Cowboys Benedict for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, try the Signature Banana Beef Station beef tataki with black garlic salsa and smoky ponzu; the 24-hour sous vide Banana Station beef tongue, criolla salsa, brioche and tomato fluid gels; or Banana Station grass fed beef tenderloin, daikon galette, Keppel Bay bug stuffed marrow bone, parsley salad and bordelaise sauce.Image credit: The Waterline Restaurant Keppel Bay Marina
It doesn’t come any fresher than this. Beaches Bistro owner Ross O’Reilly originally set up an organic garden to service his Kemp Beach restaurant, down at Yeppoon. Now, it’s spiralling into a full-blown farm. Feast on fresh herbs, garden salads and vegetables plucked straight from Ross’ 56ha farm, perched five minutes away, and paired with sustainably-caught seafood, and local beef, while enjoying the views over the Capricorn coastline. Head here on a Sunday for a flaming Argentinian barbecue.
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If you like some live bull riding with your steak dinner, you’ve come to the right place. This firm favourite, the Great Western Hotel, on Rockhampton's dining scene serves plenty of beef dishes in its Bullhead Steakhouse – try the 500g Beaumont t.bone 100-day grain fed steak - and if you’re there on a Wednesday or Friday, you can witness live bull riding too.
Image credit: The Great Western Hotel Rockhampton
There’s a striking mural on the wall of Vue, along the Yeppoon esplanade which serves everything from tapas to pastas and pizzas. For something more filling, try the grilled snapper with prawns and green coconut curry; or the aged ribbed fillet served on a baked potato stack with broccolini and red wine glaze.
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An exciting new addition to Rockhampton’s dining menu, check out Boathouse, an attractive building with an expansive deck overlooking the Fitzroy River. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can start your day with a crab omelette; before moving on to Szechuan baby squid for lunch; and finishing with Nolan’s Private Selection 1kg tomahawk rib for two, for dinner.
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You’ll spot the crowds outside this popular Yeppoon establishment before you even set eyes on the menu. And no wonder. With an all-day breakfast and lunch from 11:30am, this is where Yeppoon’s cool set congregates. Try the Whisk Beef Burger, a special recipe beef patty on a charcoal brioche bun with shredded iceberg slaw, Monterey jack cheese, streaky bacon and spicy barbecue sauce, served with sweet potato chips.
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The Capricorn region is a bounty of local produce, food and drink. There are many more amazing foodie experiences in addition to the ones above.
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