6 places to enjoy the outdoors

There’s no better place than right here in the Capricorn region to discover nature at its best. With views looking out to the Keppel Islands, to rainforest and pine tree plantations, a walk-through memory lane, to stunning views over the city.

Double Head

At the northern end of Kemp Beach, you’ll find Double Head National Park which adjoins Rosslyn Bay Harbour. The staircase path leads you to the lookout not only will you be greeted with views overlooking the beautiful Keppel Islands but the hexagonal columns that look like a spread-out fan which is the result of an old volcanos core. Take the stairs a bit further up which leads you to the open grassland abundant with Xanthorrhoea’s. The lookout offers a bird’s eye view of the harbour and Yeppoon in the distance.

Bluff Point

At the southern end of Kemp Beach is Bluff Point. After a step climb, take a breather at Turtle Lookout, you may spot turtles and other marine life swimming in the waters beneath you. Avid birdwatches will love it here. Bluff Point it is the largest trachyte plug on the Capricorn Coast. At the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Capricorn Coast and the Keppel Islands.

Byfield

Byfield National Park, Conservation Park and State Forest, driving through the pine tree plantations, and pockets of lush rainforest make for a picturesque outing. Track can be a bit rough, a 4WD to Stoney Creek is recommended.

Venusta Starting from the Upper Stony day use area, stroll along the creek valley through pockets of Byfield grevillea (which flowers in spring). With an open grass area, it’s the ideal place for a picnic or for cooling off in the refreshing water in Stony Creek at Freemans Crossing. Make an outing of your visit in this superb location, bring a swimming tube to laze around in and pack a picnic lunch.

Bowenia Rainforest Circuit Starting from Water Park Creek Day Use area, catch glimpses of Water Park Creek through small openings in tall turpentine forest and enjoy the cool rain forest that features the ancient fern-like Bowenia Serrulata (Byfield fern). Dogs and domestic animals are not permitted in the National Park.

Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail

The railway line was constructed in 1909 and ceases operations when its main loading, pineapples, were shifted to road transport in 2006. Yeppoon is even now, has a strong connection with the golden fruit, there’s nothing like devouring a sweet, juicy, delicious Yeppoon pineapple, and wow are they good! The railway line was constructed in 1909 and originally stretched 53 kilometres between Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

The track closed in 2006 when it’s main loading of pineapples moved to road transport. The new Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail was opened in 2014. The sealed path between Braithwaite Street, Yeppoon near Keppel Plaza, and Mollroy Drive winds through bushland and urban landscape and is popular among walkers, joggers, cyclists and is pram friendly. Dog’s allowed.

Great Keppel Island

Go for a walk and explore the largest of the Keppel islands. There are many walking tracks to choose from ranging from easy to difficult. Monkey Bay is an easy 30-minute stroll. You can then cool off in the water swimming and snorkelling. For the more adventurous, the 3-hour return walk to the lighthouse on Bald Rock Point is a challenging but rewarding walk.

Rockhampton

Set in the amongst the stunning bushland remnant of Berserker Ranges, Mount Archer National Park is Nurim Circuit Elevated Board Walk is a 500m takes in stunning views of Rockhampton. From sunrises to sunsets the circuit extends 25 metres outwards, 7.5 metres high and incorporates interpretative signage of the local Darumbal culture.

When visiting the Capricorn region make sure you check them out for yourself.

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