Welcome to the place where cowboy culture meets the coastal lifestyle, a wonderful slice of Queensland that’s unlike anywhere else. Starting at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and straddling the Tropic of Capricorn, the region covers a short length of coast lined with white-sand beaches and stretches inland through the rural centre of Rockhampton (Australia’s beef capital) into central Queensland. Just 15km offshore is beautiful Great Keppel Island, a place where the sand is so clean it squeaks underfoot.

Things to do in the Capricorn Region

Dive into the Southern Great Barrier Reef, discover the charms of country Queensland or marvel at incredible natural wonders. Click here to discover more things to do in the Capricorn Region. 

Get back to nature

In a relatively small area you’ll find a remarkable diversity of national parks. Walk through ancient rainforests, hike sandstone gorges, splash in crystal-clear waterfalls, explore 400-million-year-old caves and look out for ancient rock paintings. 

Discover the Southern Great Barrier Reef 

One of the natural wonders of the world lies just off the Capricorn coast. The Southern Great Barrier Reefhas stunning islands, white-sand beaches and great snorkelling and diving.

Visit the zoo

See 70 species of native animals as well as exotic creatures, rainforest and outback exhibits, and conservation projects at the Rockhampton Zoo. It’s free of charge and open from 8am daily.

Try your hand at Fossicking

Unearth a gem in Rubyvale’s sapphire mine, tour The Willows Gemfields or pan for gold at Mount Morgan.


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