Wreck Point Scenic Lookout
The most spectacular views await all who venture to Wreck Point.
Sporting 360-degree views of the Capricorn Coast and Keppel Bay, Wreck Point scenic lookout is located in Cooee Bay, a short 5-minute drive from Yeppoon town centre. The Wreck Point Scenic Lookout new look upgrade with an awesome viewing platform, shaded roof and signage and is a fantastic spot to visit and absorb the beauty of the Keppels.
The lookout depicts a ship’s deck, in memory of the wreck of the 62-tonne trading schooner, Selina, which drifted crewless for 2600 nautical miles and was washed up on Wreck Point in October 1848, after disappearing in 1847 with a load of cedar logs, bound for Sydney. The headland was subsequently named Wreck Point.
Six plaques mounted on the lookout tell the story of the discovery of Keppel Bay by Captain Cook in 1770 and the survey of the Australian coastline by Matthew Flinders in 1802. They also share the important story of the indigenous owners of the land – the Darumbal Nation.
The fourth plaque provides the only plausible explanation for the mysterious disappearance of the Selina and her crew. The story emerged 100 years later in a book titled ‘The Port of Rockhampton’ by ex-harbourmaster, Frederick Rhodes.
The fifth plaque tells the story of the early emigrant sailing ships, Utopia and Countess Russell, which sailed directly from Plymouth to Keppel Bay in 1862 and 1873, while the final plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 50th anniversary of Yeppoon Lions Club.
(Info courtesy of Lions Australia)
A recent further beautification and enhancement
A newly completed addition to the lookout is a trail, featuring sandstone steps to a viewing platform above a rocky drop-off. The ‘shipwreck’ artwork is an interpretation of the Selina, the ship that was wrecked and found there in 1848, and after which Wreck Point was named.