Australia: Yeppoon QLD

No longer the sleepy seaside town I remember from years ago, Yeppoon has transformed and emerged as a bouncy holiday destination. There’s definitely been loads of thought by town planners to get the right combination happening. The beachside is refreshingly devoid of highrise; instead it’s awash with lush landscaping, playgrounds, a long beach and a fabulous half acre lagoon pool (see feature photo). An interesting blend of cafes and shops is successful in luring people away from the beach.

An added bonus is its close proximity to fabulous Great Keppel Island.

Yeppoon Beach
Can we have these chairs at all beaches?
Cafe Yeppoon
View from Wreck Point Lookout

In Yeppoon, we stayed at Emu Park which is well set up with everything a traveller needs: a good beach, friendly cafes, a mix of shopping and a good pub.

Emu Park Beach

Great Keppel Island is a big drawcard for visitors since it’s only a 30 minute ferry ride away. Board at Rosslyn Bay.

The island’s beaches are stunning, the water crystal clear and the Hideaway Cafe creates a fine cocktail.

Arriving at GKI – the sand is powdery white, the water is clear and clean
The only bar/cafe on the island
2 km hike to Long Beach
Long Beach – a long time favourite from the late 70’s. Still unspoilt.

There is accommodation on the island – camping, basic beach huts as well as a smattering of houses to rent. Supplies need to be brought in. The resort from the ‘Get Wrecked on GKI’ days, has long been closed.

We arrived in Yeppoon from Mackay, dropping into the tiny town of St Lawrence along the way. Three hundred and ninety people call this seaside town home.

St Lawrence pub
Coastline St Lawrence

Further along the track we stopped in at Marlborough. Those who have endured the dreaded, never ending Marlborough stretch, know the importance of taking breaks. Over drinks at the pub, locals we met were clearly proud of their town. With a pool, school and envious laidback lifestyle, they’re hands down winners in the country living stakes.

Yeppoon is 30 mins drive east of Rockhampton, a regional city that’s well served by a domestic airport.

Next stop: Monto

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