A small community of nuns living monastic life in Central Queensland . Drawing on the Benedictine monastic tradition, they seek to live an Australian style of contemplative life, that resonates with the richness and beauty of our local area. Inspired by the wisdom of St Benedict, they spend their days structured around the central pillars of his spirituality: prayer, work and reading.
Canoona (Site of the first North Australian gold rush) In 1857, gold was found in the Fitzroy River near Canoona. This caught the attraction of many in New South Wales and Victoria as the goldfields down south held little prospect for any independent miners. So many independent prospectors came, that the town of Canoona held an estimated 15, 000 people during the end of 1858. These people helped to build the infant town to Rockhampton. It didn’t last long, however, and by September 1858, letters were being sent to anyone who would listed; “Dissuade by all means anybody from coming here”. Great numbers were returning from the diggings desperate and heartsick. Those with funds returned from whence they came. Goods and passengers leaving Sydney returned without disembarking in Rockhampton, with people on shore discouraging every new arrival. Gold and other mineral discoveries were critical to the economic development during the nineteenth and the early twentieth century. So much so, that between 1873 and 1906, Queensland’s gold and metal exports exceeded those of wool.
Capricorn Caves Address:30 Olsen Caves Road, The Caves Email Contact: Capricorn Caves Adventure Tour: Step beyond your comfort zone! Explore our caves, tunnels and shafts the adventurous way, squeezing through Fat Man’s Misery and taking the Commando Crawl. Enjoy a rewarding finish, climbing to the surface ridge for panoramic views and cool breezes. 2 hour guided tour (Minimum Age of 16 years), helmets, lights and overalls provided. Cathedral Cave Tour: One hour Guided tour – Group sizes of between 2 and 50. Easy walking with some stairs. Geo-Tour: For 2 hours explore ancient caves, discuss plate tectonics, calcite chemistry and limestone karst corrosion. The paleontology dig site shows how the caves can reveal lessons of the past (minimum age of 16 years). Bats and Bones: In this 2 hour guided, fun and interactive tour gives you the chance to examine tiny bones under microscope and visit caves filled with marine fossils. Minimum age of 5 years. Minimum group size of 3.
Cooberrie Park Address:9 Stones Road, Yeppoon Contact Email:Cooberrie Park Cuddle a koala; Hold a crocodile, snake or lizard; play with birds; interact with monkey and hand-feed kangaroos. Swimming Pool, Paddling Pool, BBQ facilities available all year.
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Footlights Theatre Restaurant Address:123 Rockhampton Road, Yeppoon Contact Email:Footlights Top Class Two-hour Comedy Variety Show, delicious three course dinner, and fully licenced bar. Footlights has five or six shows per week, two hours for dinner and one hour lunch shows. Footlights has been a Capricorn Coast attraction for over 20 years.
(Click here for Prices and Attached Dinner Menu) Free-Spirit Trike Tours Pick up: To Be Arranged Contact Email: Free Spirit Trike Tours Tour the Capricorn Coast, Byfield and Rockhampton. Joy rides along the beach, weddings, formals, birthday, etc.
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Junabel Miniatures Address: 824 Coowonga Road, Coowonga Contact Email:Junabel MiniaturesFacebook Junabel run monthly, group and individual tours, they provide training, purchase and agistment of mini horses and now provide animal-assisted therapy. They are also building a miniature goat family and sharing their wonderful unique characters. People are able to mingle with the horses and ponies, children can groom and feed some animals, information sessions on breeds, colours, conformation, heights, ages, stages and well-being.
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Koorana Crocodile Farm Address:65 Savages Road, Coowona Contact Email:Koorana Koorana was the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland (opened in Nov 1981). Starting with 3-4 crocodiles then, to a normal carrying capacity of 3,000 today. With a fully licenced restaurant on site that can cater up to 100 people, they run two tours every day (check website for exceptions)
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Little Johnny's Tours Pick-up:To Be Arranged Little Johnny’s have a number of sample tours on their website, but they can also cater to anyone who wants to make up their own itinerary with them. Depending how long you want their services, prices vary. The names of some of their sample tours include: Byfield Wanderer; Hidden Secrets; Little Beauties; Beautiful by Nature; The Big Camel, Yeppoon; etc. (Click here for price and tour details) Nobb Creek Pottery Address:216 Arnolds Road, Byfield Contact Email:Nobb Creek Pottery Nob Creek Pottery is one of the few craft galleries in Australia, which still prides itself on selling only Australian made work. Steve's specialty is wood firing. That is, producing ceramic pieces which are fired in a kiln using wood as the fuel. He uses a huge anagama kiln which he constructed about 15 years ago. Sue's work is quite different to Steve's and takes the form of slab or coil built pieces. She particularly loves to make platters and sculptural pieces which draw their inspiration from the sea. Sue is constantly designing new concepts for the free form splashback tile murals. Rockhampton Sport Aviation Address:Hedlow Airfield, off Old Byfield Road Contact Email:Rockhampton Sport Aviation Flying School and Club for Recreational Aircraft Pilots - Routes to Emu Park, Rosslyn Bay Marina, Great Keppel Island, Yeppoon, Capricorn Resort and Five Rocks. 1.5-2 hour lessons with 45-1 hour flying time respectively. Check online for availability for flight training. Segway Tours of Yeppoon Pick Up:By Booking Only, leaving from Merv Anderson Park, Yeppoon. Contact Email:Capricorn SegwaysFacebook
One and two hour tours available. Leaving from Merv Anderson Park, Yeppoon, follow the paths over Figtree Creek past the flying foxes, to Yeppoon's Main Beach. Take in the beautiful views of the beach and the Keppel Islands, keep an eye out for dolphins and turtles as you look across the water. The two-hour tour travels south, and includes the smooth wining pathways of Lammermoor Native Gardens. After crossing Lammermoor Creek, the tour will head along well maintained bush tracks, paperbark swamp and melaleuca wetlands before passing Kedron Park lagoon on your way back to Merv Anderson Park.
Sky Dive Capricorn Address: Emu Park Airstrip, Emu Park Email: Sky Dive CapricornFacebook Fly the parachute with your instructor and take in the fantastic scenery that the Capricorn Coast has to offer. Tandem Skydiving is the ultimate introduction to this amazing sport, you will never look at the sky in the same way again! Beach landing on Yeppoon Main Beach or Emu Park Main Beach.
Tandem Skydiving from 12, 000 ft with a 45 second free-fall.
The Big Camel Address:491 Barmaryee Road, Yeppoon Email Contact:The Big Camel The Big Camel Tourist Park had (in addition to camel rides), Bill Tea and Damper, Richo's Outback Barn, Ostriches and Alpacas, and you can even fossick for gemstone and sapphires. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. They will accept bookings up to 7.30pm the night before. The want to be able to warn the camels you're coming, so they would prefer if you can make your booking as soon as possible.