The Tropics of Capricorn: From beef to reef and back in 3 days
Head just 25 minutes north from Yeppoon to discover the lush forests of Byfield and spectacular scenery of the surrounding parks and forests. The Byfield National Park and State Forest abounds with wonderful scenery, rolling sand dunes, beaches, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains. This area is the exclusive home of the rare Byfield Fern.
Byfield is rich with diversity and forms one of the largest unspoiled eco-systems on the east coast of Australia. The Capricorn Coast’s major waterway, Water Park Creek, is also host to ancient and towering remnant rainforest with many resident native birds and animals.
The small village of Byfield is a haven for craft and nature lovers. It has an attractive café, small school and numerous attractions and accommodation houses. In the surrounding state forest you’ll find picturesque water holes, picnic and camping areas. The accommodation houses specialise in deluxe log cabins and romantic bungalows. The area is also home to the locally renowned Ferns Hideaway Resort. Nestled in the rainforest, this resort has a rustic charm and will appeal to all ages. Also not to be missed is the world-class rainforest gallery, Nob Creek Pottery, a must-see attraction when visiting Byfield.
If you are after relaxation, experience Byfield’s peaceful serenity… paddle a canoe or take an eco cruise amongst ancient rainforest in the area’s freshwater creeks. Stony Creek is a popular spot for day trippers and campers, with picnic facilities, several bush walks and a fabulous swimming hole the whole family can enjoy.
4WD enthusiasts can go beach driving in nearby Byfield National Park. Visitors will discover one of the largest and most breathtaking parabolic sand dunes in Australia. These beaches boast a good surf break, and if you like to fish, the area is surrounded by plenty of bays and creeks to throw in a line. Camping grounds also provide basic facilities. Camping permits are required to visit the National Park (fees apply - book online or through the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre).