Capricorn region is rockin' again

Locals and visitors invited to enjoy packed calendar of events.

The Capricorn region is coming back to life in the second half of 2020 following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

While COVID-19 forced the cancellation of many of the region’s scheduled events and celebrations, the social calendar is again packed with a series of events for locals and visitors

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said she was excited by what was on offer for the rest of the year.

“With events and festivals a sure-fire way to attract people back to experience our incredible destination and support our hospitality, retail and tourism sectors, organisers are dusting off their planners and locking in dates to get our community out of confinement and back in the public eye,” Ms Carroll said.

Blues, Burgers, Beers and Bubbles, 7 August

Enjoy an evening of brilliant blues music, while you kick back and enjoy Blues, Burgers, Beers and Bubbles. Bringing Yeppoon Town Hall to life, this event hosted by the CQ University Village Festival is not to be missed. For those that can’t make it, the event will be streamed live. Tickets will be available  through Rotary on Capricorn Coast’s Facebook page

Swim Around Keppel, 15 August

Join us for Australia’s only tropical island swimming marathon and be one of the first to swim around beautiful Great Keppel Island. The 20km open water swim can be undertaken on your own, or as part of a relay. Registrations are open now. 

Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, 24–27 September

The eight annual Capricorn Food and Wine Festival will showcase the best of the Capricorn region. The event brings together some of the region’s best culinary talent, winemakers, craft brewers, spirit producers and personalities to educate and excite palates. More details will be available soon.  

Fitzroy River Barra Bash, 7–9 October

The Frenchville Sports Club’s Fitzroy River Barra Bash is a great opportunity for keen anglers to catch barramundi and threadfin salmon for a chance to win more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. Register here.

Yeppoon Running Festival, 18 October

Each year, more than 700 runners take on the scenic routes of the half marathon, 10km, 5km and 1.6km fun run. Run alongside Yeppoon Main Beach on the looped course that ensures a supporter and family friendly race with many attractions along the way to keep you entertained. Enter now.

Opera in the Caves, 6–8 November

The Underground Opera Company presents Opera in the Caves at the atmospheric and acoustically sensational Capricorn Caves. Witness some of the country’s finest opera performers sing in one of Rockhampton’s most stunning natural tourist attractions, the Cathedral Cave.Tickets are on sale now.

Country on Keppel, 13–15 November

Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Keppel Konnections welcomes country music back to Keppel for the second Country on Keppel. Over three days, this family-friendly event will have you boot-scooting and enjoying live music while capturing the full beauty of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Tickets are on sale and kids under 17 are free.

Darryl Braithwaite on Keppel, 21 November

Aussie rock legend Darryl Braithwaite returns to Great Keppel Island for an epic Saturday of live music. From 3pm, you are invited to sit back, kick off your shoes and dance the night away to Braithwaite’s greatest hits. Tickets are limited so book now to secure your spot right on the beach with beautiful island views.

A number of major events have also been locked in for the first half of 2021 including the King of Kings fishing tournament (5–7 February), Rockynats (2–5 April), Beef 2021 (2–8 May), and Adani Rockhampton River Festival (9–11 July).

Keep up to date with these events here.