Enjoy more family holiday fun for less


Head to the Capricorn region for a family and budget-friendly holiday destination. 

An aerial view of the Yeppoon beach, including its lagoon on the foreshore.
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Queensland’s Capricorn region is an excellent destination for families looking to enjoy low-cost holiday experiences focusing on the outdoors.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll encouraged visitors and locals to experience the many tours and attractions on offer across the region. 

“From limestone cave adventures to discovering the Jurassic thrill of yesteryear, the Tropic of Capricorn is a web of diversity, opportunity and excitement,” Ms Carroll said. 

Check out Capricorn Enterprise’s top 13 low or no-cost family-friendly experiences:

1. Take a dip in a free lagoon

The Yeppoon Lagoon is the jewel in the crown of the Yeppoon foreshore precinct. The 2500sq.m resort-style pool is on the beachfront and its infinity edge provides stunning views over the Keppel Islands. With nearby playgrounds, barbecue and picnic areas, while away the hours at this free family favourite. 

2. Watch the sunset from the Fitzroy

River Cruises CQ invites you to sit back and take in the sights of Rockhampton on their Sunset and City Lights Tours. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife and enjoy a complimentary nibbles package. 

3. Explore an above-ground cave

The Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton, are unique above-ground caves in a limestone ridge. Offering tours to suit all ages and abilities, this experience will leave the family with lasting memories of a fantastic adventure. 

4. Take a trip to a barefoot paradise

With two ferry services leaving from Rosslyn Bay, your trip to Great Keppel Island is made easy. Jump onboard Freedom Fast Cats or Keppel Konnections to start your sun, sand, and sea adventure. Explore the 17 white sandy beaches and find your piece of paradise before tucking into lunch at Great Keppel Island Hideaway.

5. Smile at a crocodile

Now is the perfect time to visit Koorana Crocodile Farm to see, hear, touch and taste these incredible prehistoric beasts. February is hatching season, so if you are in luck, you will get the amazing experience of seeing a baby take its first breath. 

6. Soak up the views from atop of the world

If you are after a lookout that will knock you out with its breathtaking beauty, head to Mount Archer National Park in Rockhampton and discover the beauty of the “Beef Capital”. Visit Wreck Point Lookout at Cooee Bay to witness 360-degree views of the Capricorn Coast. 

7. Take a day trip to Mount Morgan

Once teeming with hard workers from one of the world’s richest gold mines, Mount Morgan, 32km south-west of Rockhampton on the Dee River, was a town that made a significant contribution to both Queensland and Australia’s economy. Originally named Ironstone Mountain before Ned and Tom Morgan made a claim in 1882 and renamed the town Mount Morgan, the now-popular historical destination is filled with history, culture and discovery. Discover 10 things to do in Mount Morgan here.

8. Experience a “hole” lot of Jurassic fun

Visit the Capricorn Coast’s latest tourism attraction and try your hand at Capricorn Dinosaur Mini Golf. With surprises across the 18 holes, round up the family for a bit of friendly putt-putt rivalry. Check out their Facebook page for a sneak peek. 

9. Visit a heritage-listed railway station

With a state-of-the-art digital soundscape and life-like mannequins, a trip to Archer Park Rail Museum will take you back to the World War II era. Jump onboard the Purrey Steam Tram, which incorporates parts that operated in Rockhampton between 1909 and 1939. 

10. Explore a national park

The region is packed full of national parks and with wide-open spaces high on the agenda, you can find treasured landscapes dotted across the Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton and Central Queensland Highlands that will make your day. Check out Blackdown Tablelands National Park, Capricorn Coast National Park which includes Bluff Point and Double Head hikes and lookouts, or head out to Byfield National Park and be wowed by nature.

11. Strike up some excitement

Rocky Bowl and Leisure is the perfect family entertainment centre. With ten-pin bowling, laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars and more, plenty of smiles and laughter are assured. 

12. Shake hands with a kangaroo

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary offers the chance to get up close and personal with various wildlife, including kangaroos, emus, slippery reptiles, and other unique creatures. With a pool and picnic area onsite, families are invited to spend the day roaming this spectacular setting. 

13. Exert some energy with some peddle power

Take a cycling adventure through picturesque bushlands and urban landscape on the 4.5km Pineapple Rail Trail. The railway line was constructed in 1909 and originally stretched 53km between Yeppoon and Rockhampton. Starting on Braithwaite St in Yeppoon’s town centre, the trail is a family-friendly asphalt path safe for young peddlers with little legs. You can also take your journey along the Capricorn Coast shared path, following the natural coastline. If mountain biking is more your style, check out the home of MTB in Rockhampton

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