The Capricorn Coast is best known for its natural attractions like the Capricorn Caverns and the nearby Great Keppel Island.
Rockhampton is the Beef Capital of Australia and is the gateway to the Coast and the Outback. Experience a rodeo at the back of the pub of the Great Western Hotel. View fine public and private buildings, including the Customs House, old Post Office, Cathedrals, banks, business and homes of this historic city. For magnificent views of Rockhampton visit Mt Archer National Park and take in the native Australian flora and fauna. Other attractions include Rockhampton Heritage Village with an active township museum, Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Capricorn Caverns with magnificent limestone caves and Rockhampton Botanic Gardens that are 130 years old and have a zoo with a diverse range of animals. Or for water base activities try Fishing or snorkeling.
Gladstone is best known for its fishing for barramundi and Queensland's favourite crustacean, the mud crab. It is also is the largest port in the state exporting large quantities of coal and grain. Gladstone is on doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and has easy access to Heron Island. The subtropical climate is perfect for exploring the beaches and nearby islands. Activities include a helicopter trip over the reef with a stop at Heron Island or a two-hour cruise on a Catmaran, will also get you there where you can dive one of the most beautiful spots on the coast. Heron is a haven for seabirds and its annual turtle nesting and hatching season from November through to April. Other highlights include fishing at surrounding lakes, where vast numbers of barramundi can be found or try the various watersports on offer. The specialty at the quality of restaurants and cafes is of course its seafood in particular the delicious mud crab and mouth-watering freshwater barramundi as well as the locally grown tropical fruit. If fresh seafood and fun on the water is what you desire, then choose the Gladstone Region for your next holiday.