Warm year round. Yeppoon Capricorn Coast beaches are easy to enjoy.
Whether you are seeking a romantic trip for two, a family break during school holidays or a fun-filled 4WD weekend with good friends, a holiday in our many areas of sand fits all. If you need to slow down, take it easy and enjoy your surrounds, our beaches are the perfect place to do just that. Capricorn Coast beaches are a source of leisure and a place of health and wellbeing. Sit back, enjoy the sound of the waves rolling the sand, build yourself some sandcastles and gain a dose of valuable Vitamin D. Or bring the bat and ball & stay. (NOTE: This page is one big list at the moment but over time each beach will be featured.)
Beaches of Capricorn CoastInfo courtesy of Livingstone Shire Council Website, who gleaned it from Beaches Australia list.
Previously known as ‘Mens Beach’, today it is known as Emu Park Main Beach. The beach is surrounded by an extensive grassy foreshore reserve and parking areas. The reserve runs the full length of the beach, with houses set well back from the shore.
Waves and Tide
Emu Park Main Beach is the surfing beach for Emu Park, usually offering a low beach break. The waves average 0.5-1 metres, which break across a wide, low gradient beach. At high tide the beach is 50 metres wide, extending to over 200 metres wide at low tide.
Emu Park Main Beach is a quiet beach, with calm waters. The beach is patrolled by Surf Life Saving.
This beach is a relatively safe beach, and at its best during mid to high tide. However, when waves
exceed 0.5 metres rips may occur at low tide and around the rocks.
Fishing is best off the rocks at each end. The Timbers (a popular fishing spot near the mouth of
Coorooman Creek) is only accessible by Four-Wheel-Drive.
A boat ramp is available on the north side of Emu Point, and at Zilzie. The Zilzie ramp offers direct access to Coorooman Creek. By sea, Emu Park is 8 kilometres north of Keppel Sands or 35 kilometres by
road. Keppel Sands and Emu Park are separated by Coorooman Creek.
The beach has shady picnic facilities and is close to shops.
Dogs are not allowed.
Emu Park has an airfield available for light planes.
|– Parking||– Toilets (Including Disabled Access)|
|– Showers||– BBQ|
|– Picnic Tables||– Lookout|
|– Trekking||– Swimming|
|– Kayaking||– Sailing|
|– Motorboat Access||– Fishing|
|– Crocodile Warning||– Stinger Warnings|
|– No Camping||– No Vehicles on Beach|
|– No Bike Roading||– No Dogs|
Keppel Sands located 15 km off the Emu Park Road and 40 km from Rockhampton. The road ends at the Sands and, apart from the locals, not many tourists make it out here.
The southern point is a 200m long, low sandy beach (Keppel Sands Point) which is wedged between two rocky points. Backed by 40m high grassy bluffs, Keppel Sands Point has an Air-Sea Rescue station located on the crest, offering a commanding view of Keppel Bay. There is a road to the station, but no formal access to the beach.
Waves and Tide
Keppel Sands Point can be used at the high and low tide.
Keppel Sands is a fishing community, with most fishing taking place in the creeks and the bay. The best boat access is via Pumpkin Creek, where there are a boat ramp and a few jetties. You can only fish from the shore at high tide.
Keppel Sands Point is an out of the way, older style settlement with a caravan park for visitors.
Lammermoor Beach is a 2.5km long beach backed by a casuarina-covered foredune, with houses in the north and the main road running right behind the southern half of the beach. The best access is at a small bluff-top car park in the centre of the beach, below which are a few rocks across the beach.
Waves and Tide
Lammermoor Beach has a relatively steep high tide beach, with a lower gradient, 100m wide, continuous low tide bar that widens at the southern end where a small creek drains across the beach. The beach ends in low energy at Statue Rocks.
The most popular beaches are Cooee Bay and Lammermoor, with rocks dominating Wave Point and Statue Bay, while Rosslyn Bay is given over to boating activities.
There is a chance of low spilling waves at Cooee Bay and Lammermoor beaches.
Most shore fishers use the Rosslyn Bay boat harbour breakwaters, while you can also fish from the several rocky points at high tide.
At the southern end of Lammermoor, Statue Bay provides easy access for launching kayaks and canoes. Just beyond Statue Bay is Rosslyn Bay, which is a 400+ berth marina, and has boat ramps for launching vessels of any size, in the shadow of the towering trachyte hill, Double Head.
Vehicles are not allowed to be driven on Lammermoor Beach.
In the north, Wreck Point towers above the beach and provides the perfect vantage point to admire the view.
A popular park with ample car parking is located midway along the beach plus several smaller access points along the beach.
The two main surfing beaches immediately south of Emu Point were called Ladies and Mens Beaches. The small Ladies Beach still goes by that name, while Mens is now known as Emu Park Main Beach and is the site of the Surf Lifesaving Club.
A relatively safe beach, and is at its best at mid to high tide. Be careful when waves exceed 0.5m as rips may occur, at low tide and around the rocks.
Waves and Tide
The beach receives waves averaging 0.5m that break across a 50m wide low tide bar; the high tide beach is usually absent, owing to the rocks. Ladies Beach is the surfing beach for Emu Park, offering a usually low beach break. Ladies Beach is one of the more hazardous beaches in the area, particularly when waves are breaking over the rocks.
For best results, fish off the rocks at each end.
There is a boat ramp on the north side of Emu Point.
Ladies Beach is a patrolled beach, has a large car park and the Singing Ship Memorial on the bluffs.
Drinking Water, Parking, Showers/Toilet
Water Park Point is an irregular, 80m high headland that forms the southern boundary of Nine Mile Beach and the northern head of Corio Bay. There is no formal vehicle access to the point or the beach and no development.
The Water Park Point faces north-east and is wedged into two small adjoining valleys. The beach has an irregular, rocky backshore, then 100m-wide intertidal to low tide sandy beach. Further on, the beach is backed by a 50m boulder beach, flanked by wide rock platforms and fronted by a similar sandy beach.
Waves and Tide
Waves average about 0.4 m and spill across the low gradient bar. Little Corio Bay usually has a beach break and picks up most swell.
Little Corio Bay is the more attractive beach as it has less rock.
There are excellent rocks to fish from at Water Park Point
It is well worth a slow walk around Water Park Point to see the views of the headlands. It’s nice to also stop for a swim, surf or some fishing at one of the beaches.
Yeppoon Main Beach has traditionally been the main beach and is patrolled by Surf Lifesaving Club.
Ross Creek is generally a better option for successful fishing.
Sailing boats are launched near the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
A major tourist destination and a popular and very accessible beach, backed by all tourist facilities.
Yeppoon’s foreshore is a popular destination for tourists and locals and is the location for the new zero-depth water play facility known as the Keppel Kraken. This zero-depth water play feature is new to Yeppoon and is a hub for social and active play.
The beach has excellent access ramps, toilets, electric BBQs and picnic facilities. It is also the focal point for many coastal community events, such as Pinefest and annual Australia Day celebrations.
Beach Car Access
The only beaches vehicles are allowed to drive on legally in the Capricorn Coast region are Farnborough Beach – north of the Bangalee beach access, and beaches in Byfield National Park – Nine Mile Beach and limited access to Five Rocks Beach, (also known as Three Rivers). No driving is permitted on the beaches on North or Great Keppel Islands.
Information on the location and access points of Boat Ramps.
Jelly Fish Warnings
While Jellyfish ‘season’ is commonly between October and May, a lot of our beaches get non-stinging jellyfish year-round. We also on occasion have stingers that will make you profane loudly. Best to familiarise yourself with how to treat a jellyfish sting. For Sea Creature Bites and Stings, try Health Direct Australia.
Before fishing on the Capricorn Coast, please familiarise Queensland fishing regulations. Minimum size and maximum bag limits apply to popular reef fish species. Queensland fisheries legislation applies in zones where fishing is permitted. Spearfishing is restricted to North and Great Keppel islands. VisitDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheriesfor more information.
Farnborough beach is the best beach for a canter down the shoreline. Our horse riding page has all the information.
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