So if you read my last post (Destination Dairy Farm), you know that we raced out of Brisbane and to Bundaberg a couple weeks ago in hopes to secure a job that would count towards Kels’ 88 days. When it didn’t work out, we figured we may as well continue up the coast, and job search in a nicer area. We drove the 330km up to Yeppoon, QLD and I was instantly happy. A cute coastal town, multiple beaches and the ability to park Jean-Claude and ride our bikes everywhere!
Yeppoon is just 40km from Rockhampton (the beef capital of Australia). It is known for it’s pretty coastal beaches, lovely weather and a perfect access point to the Keppel Islands (which we haven’t yet made it to ourselves). It is right in the Capricorn Region of Australia, since it sits right on the Tropic of Capricorn.
When we got there, we decided to pay for two nights at a campsite here, rather than continually drive 40km out of town to a free camp spot. It gave us the opportunity to explore the area and really relax! It is the main downside of the area, the abundance of Caravan Parks and the lack of cheap/free camps nearby. We forked over $60 for the two nights of luxury. By luxury, I mean power, clean drinking water, showers the ability to charge laptops and cameras. Totally worth it.
We had the perfect combination of relaxation, exploration and adventure in the Capricorn Coast. Yeppoon quickly has become one of my favourite places in Australia. It’s not full of backpackers or other tourists, so it’s definitely a hidden gem. Take the extra drive and spend a few days! Here’s a couple of things we got up to during our time there.
Workout on the Beach
It can be hard to stay active while traveling, so one morning Kels and I decided to head to the beach for a quick body weight workout. We biked down to Yeppoon’s Main Beach, wrote up a workout in the sand and set to work. The tide was out, so we had nice compact sand – perfect for a beach workout. Take a peek at the photo below for the workout we followed. I won’t lie, I complained the whole time. No regrets though, and we definitely recommend it. It’s so easy to be lazy when you’re on the road, this workout took less than 30 minutes and worked up a nice sweat.
Watch the Sunrise
A quick (but completely uphill) bike ride from our campsite was a lookout called Wreck Point. Normally I prefer watching the sun come up from right on the beach, but this place was perfect. It provided the perfect vantage point to keep a lookout for dolphins. Both mornings we saw dolphins playing in the water as the sun was coming up over the horizon. It was the perfect way to start the day. 110% recommend setting your alarm at least 30 minutes before google tells you the sun rises – that way you see the whole show!
A Day on the Beach
Once again we found ourselves being those crazy Canadians swimming in the middle of “winter”. We couldn’t help ourselves, it was 25 degrees Celsius! The water was chilly, but it was refreshing and worth it! Yeppoon’s main beach has nice gentle waves, and a massive stretch of beach, so you won’t find yourself in someone else’s space. We splashed in the water and then dried off in the sun. A Canadian girl’s dream!
Take a Drive to Rosslyn Bay
Only 8km away from Yeppoon is Rosslyn Bay, another beautiful beach; I would argue even better than the one in Yeppoon. We heard about it from a local lady we met earlier that day. When Kels and I visited, we had the entire place to ourselves, endless beach for walking and lots of little crabs to watch!
Right beside the beach is the trail head to do the Double Head walk. Just a quick 600m paved walk to the lookout, but totally worth it for the views. To one side you can see Rosalyn Bay Beach, and the other side you can see the pier (which is the take off point to Keppel Islands). We were naughty and hopped the fence to get some photos. It’s the perfect place to find a rock to sit on and watch for turtles (which we saw!) and to wave at boats and just enjoy how incredible life is.
Another walk not too far away is Bluff Point. It’s only a 2.3km circuit, but it has a good uphill portion that got our hearts pumping. When you get to the top, it is quite exposed, so make sure you have water and sunscreen/ a hat! There’s a lookout point where you can spot turtles, and at the very top there’s a 360 view of the area!
Find a Cave by the Pier
We parked in the parking lot of Pier One, where you go to catch the Keppel ferry and wandered toward the hill. We ignored the signs telling us to beware of falling rocks, and ventured along a rocky area. It was secluded, provided views of the ocean and we even climbed up to a sort of cave-like structure and sat inside and enjoyed the sea. Beware of broken glass; but, this was a super hidden gem that we found.
Catch the Sunset at Causeway Lake
We spent our last night in the Capricorn Coast region watching the sun fall over this calm little lake. It’s called Causeway Lake and is about 12km from Yeppoon. The only interruptions on the glassy water were the fish jumping and the pelican swimming round. It was the perfect end to our time in this area, minus the multiple mozzie bites we took away from it.
Overall, Kels and I absolutely fell in love with Yeppoon and area, it felt like home. With many different beaches to explore, hikes in the area and gorgeous weather plus the quiet chill vibes and little impact of tourism – you’re bound to fall in love to! If you’re a backpacker (or any sort of traveler) driving the East Coast, make the detour and visit this little gem of an area! Kels and I missed it our first time round; but we’re so glad we found it this time!