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Things to do on the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton with Kids

Things to do on the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton with Kids

The Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton area is a great place for a no-fuss relaxing holiday with the kids.  You can do it on the cheap like we did, staying in our camper and doing lots of free outdoors type activities; or you can opt for more luxury and paid for activities.  Either way, you will be pleasantly surprised by the Capricorn Coast!

This list is by no means exhaustive.  There are heaps of things to do in this area! I have focused on free activities as well as two others that I feel are ‘must see’ activities.

Hike the Bluff Point Track near Yeppoon – FREE

The Bluff Point Track is a popular 2.3 km circuit frequented by both tourists and locals of all ages.  It’s a fairly steep walk to the top but you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Yeppoon, Emu Park and the Keppel Islands.

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The view from 3/4 of the way up Bluff Point Track

There is a chance of spotting dolphins and sea turtles swimming below, and even whales if you visit during the right season.  Picnic and BBQ facilities are available at the bottom of the hill right before you begin the hike.

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The view from the top of the Bluff Point Track

Visit Byfield National Park – FREE

Byfield National Park is around 30 minutes north of Yeppoon and was a real surprise.  It has some fun 4WD tracks on the way in (you will need a high clearance 4WD), as well as a few decent walks.  We had the best time sliding down the sand blows here!

There are great camping spots in Byfield National Park.  Check out the QLD National Parks Webpage for more information here.

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“Go faster daddy!!” squeals Miss Two. Awesome fun to be had at the ‘Orange Bowl’ sand blow.

Visit Stoney Creek in Byfield State Forest – FREE

A trip to Stoney Creek in Byfield State Forest was one of the highlights of our time exploring the Capricorn Coast.  If I had of known it was so picturesque, I would have camped here instead of in Yeppoon.  There are walking tracks and a well maintained day area with BBQ’s and toilets.  However, the real highlight is the beautiful Stoney Creek.  It’s clear, cool and incredibly peaceful.

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There are turtles in here!

At the ages of two and four years, my kids enjoyed standing in the water learning how to skim stones.  There were other families camping here with older kids who were swimming and in general, just having a great time.

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Stoney Creek in Byfield State Forest…..just beautiful!

The road in is unsealed and a bit bumpy, but you can manage it easy enough in a standard 2WD vehicle.  For more information on camping here, check out the QLD National Parks Webpage on Camping at Byfield here.  You will most likely need to book in advance during school holidays.  National Park camping fees are very reasonable.

INSIDER TIP – Make sure you stop at the Byfield General Store before turning off into the state forest area.  They have the BEST homemade style burgers around.

Check out my highlights of Byfield National Park and State Forest here.

Explore Great Keppel Island – $$$

Great Keppel Island is a must see when you’re on the Capricorn Coast.

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Views from a lookout on Great Keppel Island

If you are on a budget, there are definitely ways to reduce costs whilst staying at Great Keppel Island.  Check out my post here for more information on our stay at Great Keppel Island Holiday Village and how you can do it a bit cheaper.  The Holiday Village has accommodation options from camping to family cabins and there is a great kitchen that everyone has access too if you wish to self-cater.

Boredom at Great Keppel Island is impossible!  We had a great time hiking into deserted beaches complete with white sand and picture perfect blue waters.  Snorkelling is great here at the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and there is a cute little shack that rents out water sports equipment on the main stretch of sand.

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Monkey Beach on Great Keppel Island. If you don’t feel like exerting yourself to hike in, you can hire some equipment or get someone to bring you here over the water.

Visit Yeppoon – FREE

Yeppoon is pretty laid back.   The sand isn’t as pretty as other places in Queensland, but don’t let this deter you. There is plenty of it and when you are travelling as a family, a huge stretch of sand with a low tide that goes a fair way out is a huge bonus for safely occupying young kids.

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This is what happens when I leave dad alone with Miss Two for fifteen minutes. At least she can’t run off!

You can stroll the esplanade at a leisurely pace and there is even a FREE water park for kids right on the foreshore. Shops and cafes are close by so you can grab a coffee first and enjoy your beverage whilst watching the kids run around at the water park.  Whoever thought of this is a genius!

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The free water play park on the Yeppoon esplanade

We actually based ourselves here at the Beachside Caravan Park for a week and found it fantastic with the kids.  It’s a lot cheaper than the Big4 and is right on the beach.

Pay a visit to the Capricorn Caves – $$$

The Capricorn Caves are located 23km north of Rockhampton.  They are both interesting and beautiful but you can only walk through via a tour, which can sometimes be restrictive with young kids.  It’s definitely worth a visit;  but don’t make the mistake I did and attempt it on a morning when your two year old is in a particular ‘spirited’ mood.

Check out my post on our experience with kids at the Capricorn Caves here.

Spend the day at Emu Park – FREE

Emu Park is a small likable town 21km south of Yeppoon.  It’s worth visiting for a day or even basing yourself here to explore the Capricorn Coast.

There is a really cool Singing Ship memorial to commemorate Captain Cook’s discovery of the bay in 1770.  When the wind get going, concealed organ pipes create eerie but strangely satisfying music.

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So much sand! The kid friendly beach to the left of the small jetty at Emu Park

There is a lovely green park on the main street close by to the Singing Ship memorial with a skate bowl and some playground equipment.  The beach has plenty of sand on one side of the small jetty, and plenty of rocks on the other side.

Grab an ice-cream at one of the nearby shops and spend the morning exploring the beach and park.

Visit the Rockhampton Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Free

Yep that’s right… a FREE zoo! You could easily spend a whole day exploring both the zoo and botanical gardens.

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The walk through bird aviary at the Rockhampton Zoo

The Zoo is located within the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens and is the perfect size for younger kids.  I recommend hitting the zoo up in the morning and around lunch, head on over to the nearby cafe in the Botanical Gardens where you will get to eat under giant fig trees.  You can of course, bring your own picnic lunch!

When both kids and adults are rested, hit up the large playground nearby the cafe and explore the many walking tracks of the botanical gardens.  This botanical gardens is by far, one of the best in Queensland.

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The awesome playground near the cafe at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens

Drive up Mount Archer – FREE

Take a drive up Mount Archer in Rockhampton for a BBQ picnic and some lovely views. There are a few walks to do if you’re feeling up to it, with a lovely short 500m stroll around the top that takes in the surrounding views.

For more information, check out QLD National Parks information on Mount Archer here.

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Views from the top of Mount Archer

Stroll around Rockhampton City – FREE

Spend a morning exploring Rockhampton City.  I recommend a stroll alongside the Fitzroy River around Quay St so you can check out the lovely heritage buildings.

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One of the lovely heritage buildings you will see when exploring Rockhampton City…why not go in for lunch?

As you are checking out the charming buildings, you may notice some great Aboriginal artwork on the pavement. The artworks were painted by local artists and depict sacred symbols of the Durumbal people of this part of the country.

My kids enjoyed running from mural to mural discussing what they could see in each one.

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Having a rare cuddle (yep, it turned into a wrestle followed by some tears) on the awesome aboriginal murals on the pavement

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