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About Capricorn Coast

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Getting there and getting around

Four of six Capricorn Coast National Park sections are open to visitors—Double Head, Rosslyn Head, Bluff Point and Cocoanut Point. There is no formal access to Rosslyn Head section but the area may be accessed on foot.

From Yeppoon, travel south along the Scenic Highway. Double Head and Rosslyn Head sections are very close to the Rosslyn Bay Marina and are accessed via John Howes Drive. Continue south along the Scenic Highway to the signed turnoff for Bluff Point section. Cocoanut Point section is the most southerly section and accessed via Reef Street, Emu Park.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided at Bluff Point Section, although assistance is required.

Park features

Fan Rock at Double Head Section. Photo courtesy of Querida Hutchinson.

Fan Rock at Double Head Section. Photo courtesy of Querida Hutchinson.

Rocky outcrops are a prominent feature of the Capricorn Coast. Formed in the late Cretaceous era between 79 and 73 million years ago when lava forced through outer layers of rock, these trachyte plugs now provide visitors with scenic viewpoints out to the Keppel Bay islands and the coastal hinterlands. The six coastal reserves of Capricorn Coast National Park also protect a wide range of coastal plant communities including heath lands, open eucalypt forest, vine thickets and open tussock grasslands. Each of the four sections open to visitors has something different to offer.

Double Head Section adjoins Rosslyn Bay Harbour and protects vine thicket with overhanging fig trees, windswept and stunted scrub land and open tussock grassland with grasstrees. Bird’s eye views over the harbour and a close-up of Fan Rock—the core of an old volcano—are two must see features of this section.

Rosslyn Head Section located between Statute Bay and Kemp Beach protects eucalypt forests and coastal sand dune heath and features a rocky headland rising 60m above sea level.

Bluff Point Section at the southern end of Kemp Beach is a popular picnic spot with superb coastal scenery. It features a range of coastal vegetation from mangroves and heath lands to open eucalypt forests and tussock grasslands and is the largest trachyte plug on the Capricorn Coast. Two lookout points are perfect for spotting marine life below and enjoying cool sea breezes, while the walk provides marvellous views of the hinterland.

Cocoanut Point Section was added to Capricorn Coast National Park in 2006 and protects vine thickets with a heath understorey.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Capricorn Coast National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Yeppoon and Emu Park. See the tourism information links for more details.

Things to do

Walking

Double Head and Bluff Point sections feature formed walking tracks through sunny grasslands and shady forests to coastal lookouts. You may also walk through Cocoanut Point and Rosslyn Head sections however there are no formal walking tracks provided.

Fan Rock and Rosslyn Bay lookouts (Grade: Moderate)

Distance: 700m return

Time: 40 minutes

Details: At Double Head, this steep sealed track takes you through shady vine thickets and sunny grasslands and features two scenic lookouts—Fan Rock and Rosslyn Bay. Enjoy views to the Keppel Bay islands and other volcanic plugs south along the coast from Fan Rock and spectacular views north to Yeppoon and the Byfield Ranges from Rosslyn Bay Lookout.

Bluff Point Circuit (Grade: Moderate)

Distance: 2.3km return

Time: 1.5 hours

Details: At Bluff Point, enjoy panoramic views of the Capricorn coastline and the Keppel Bay islands on the 2.3km circuit track. Take a steep 600m climb to Turtle Lookout to admire the flooded hill tops of the Keppel Bay islands and spot turtles swimming in the water beneath you. Continue a short distance to Ritamada Outlook for views along the coast and return the way you came or continue along the track through open grasslands with views of the hinterland, and dense dry rainforest to complete the 2.3km circuit.

Picnic and day-use areas

Take a picnic with you to enjoy at any one of the lookouts at Double Head or Bluff Point, or enjoy a barbecue at the picnic facilities provided at Bluff Point—toilets and automatic barbecues are provided just a short walk from the car park. Alternatively pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the beaches nearby.

Viewing wildlife

Although Capricorn Coast National Park is small it protects diverse habitats in a rapidly developing coastal area, making it an important retreat for many different animals. Seabirds like Caspian terns and white-bellied sea-eagles are commonly seen from the lookouts while scrub turkeys, olive-backed sunbirds, varied trillers and spangled drongos may be found in forested areas. Possums and unadorned rock-wallabies may be spotted early in the morning or evening while goannas are more active during the day. Turtles and dolphins may be seen from the lookouts at Bluff Point at any time of day and at low tide you can explore life in rock pools along the beach.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

There are no facilities in Double Head, Rosslyn Head or Cocoanut Point sections of Capricorn Coast National Park and no rubbish bins are provided at all.
Plan ahead to ensure you have what you need to enjoy a safe and comfortable visit.

  • Bring sufficient drinking water.
  • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit.
  • Bring strong garbage bags to take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.
  • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

Capricorn Coast National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Access to Capricorn Coast National Park is free and no permits are required, however organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that could interfere with general public use of the area. Commercial activity permits may be required if you wish to conduct any commercial activities such as guided tours, commercial filming or photography. Contact us for more information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in any section of Capricorn Coast National Park.

Climate and weather

The weather and climate at Capricorn Coast National Park is the same as the surrounding area (Yeppoon), however strong winds may be experienced along exposed headlands. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The closest fuel and supplies are available at Rosslyn Bay, Yeppoon and Emu Park. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Capricorn Coast National Park is close to town, however it is important you are prepared for your visit and emergencies.

  • Before you leave, always inform someone responsible about where you are going and when you expect to return. Ensure you notify your contact person when you return.
  • Ensure you have enough daylight to complete your walk and never walk alone.
  • Always carry a well stocked first-aid kit and extra drinking water.
  • Observe danger signs and keep clear of cliff edges.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to protect you against the sun, cold, rain, and wildlife.
  • If swimming or wading, wear protective clothing and sturdy footwear to protect against marine stingers and stonefish which may be present all year.

In an emergency

In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000) (if this fails dial 112). Mobile phone reception is available in all sections of Capricorn Coast National Park that are open to visitors.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Please help protect Capricorn Coast National Park by following these guidelines.

  • Take all rubbish home. There are no rubbish bins in the park. Never burn or bury it.
  • Do not feed native animals. Keep all your food and scraps in animal proof containers at all times.
  • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals disturb wildlife and are not permitted in the park.
  • Use public facilities at Bluff Point or in the towns of Yeppoon or Emu Park.
  • Leave Capricorn Coast National Park as you found it. All plants and animals are protected.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Capricorn Coast National Park for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.

The national park is managed in accordance with the Capricorn Coast National Park Management Plan (PDF, 4.6M).

Tourism information links

Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre
www.capricornholidays.com.au
Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Highway, Yeppoon Qld
ph (07) 4939 4888 or 1800 675 785
fax (07) 4939 1696
email

The Spire Visitor Information Centre
www.capricornholidays.com.au
Tropic of Capricorn Spire, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton Qld
ph (07) 4921 2311 or 1800 676 701
fax (07) 4922 2605
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
15 May 2012