Seven must-do experiences in the Capricorn region

Queenslanders are invited to enjoy world-class attractions in central Queensland.

With its awe-inspiring cave systems, pristine and untouched coral reefs, and wildlife interactions, Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll says central Queensland is one of the world’s great tourism destinations.  

Ms Carroll said Queensland had a great opportunity to explore a region which had been a major drawcard for overseas visitors.

“Sharing our latitude with Rio de Janeiro to the east and Mauritius to the west, we celebrate sub-tropical days all year round, making central Queensland and the southern Great Barrier Reef a place where foreign tourists swarm to, travelling thousands of kilometres and paying thousands for the privilege of experiencing our backyard,” Ms Carroll said.   

“Yet, we are fortunate to have the ability to do it at our own leisure. So why not start today.

“Whether you are looking for cultural tourism or adventure, travelling for food or relaxation, we invite you to come and experience our local offerings and discover the jewels of our region.” 

To help visitors make the most of their stay, Capricorn Enterprise has put together a list of seven experiences you should not miss:

Capricon Caves, central Queensland

Capricorn Caves 

The ancient above-ground Capricorn Caves offer more than 1.5km of mysterious passages to explore. Honeycombing a limestone ridge, this labyrinth of large caverns features an abundance of natural decoration including amazing fig tree roots. Look closely and you might see the insectivorous bats in fast flight throughout the dark hollows. Step foot inside the Cathedral Cave and listen to the near-perfect acoustics.  

Great Keppel and Pumpkin islands 

Great Keppel and Pumpkin islands are just a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland, boasting blissful opportunities to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. Social distancing is not a new trend on our local islands. With 17 beaches along Great Keppel Island, seclusion awaits. Stay longer at Great Keppel Island Hideaway or Great Keppel Island Holiday Village.  

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge 

Discover towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge. A wealth of cultural and natural heritage lies within this special place, located in the semi-arid heart of central Queensland. Base yourself at Takarakka Bush Resort or Sandstone Park and take a tour with Australian Nature Guides.  

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary 

Fancy cuddling a koala or handfeeding a kangaroo? Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary will ensure you get the experience of a lifetime, just 28 minutes from Rockhampton and 15 minutes from Yeppoon. Spend the day with their friendly residents among the 10ha natural bushland.  

Keppel Explorer on Keppel Island

The Keppel Explorer 

Experience an epic ride of discovery through Keppel Bay onboard the Keppel Explorer. Taking you to places where no other tourists can go, the No.1-rated VIP experience will have you island hopping around the Keppels, discovering secret beaches, sea caves, surf and delving into the upmost seclusion.   

Mount Archer 

Named in honour of the Archer brothers who explored the Fitzroy area in 1853, the national park is part of the Darumbal people’s traditional country. Home to a variety of woodland birds, including the powerful owl and black cockatoo, along with unadorned rock wallabies, Mount Archer National Park is laced with walking tracks, picnic spots and magnificent sunsets.  

Southern Great Barrier Reef

Southern Great Barrier Reef 

Experience pristine reef, adrenaline-fueled marine animal encounters and some of the most impressive snorkelling and diving in the world. There is nothing on Earth quite like the southern Great Barrier Reef. Diving through spectacular coral formations while dodging inquisitive sea turtles, reef sharks, dugong, manta ray and a wide variety of colourful fish is something that everyone should do. Get in touch with Keppel Dive to find out more. 

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Photos: Capricorn Enterprise; Tourism and Events Queensland