Capricorn Coast National Park Capricorn

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About Capricorn Coast

    Image of Fan Rock at Double Head Section. Photo courtesy of Querida Hutchinson.

    Fan Rock at Double Head Section. Photo courtesy of Querida Hutchinson.

    Park features

    Rocky outcrops are a prominent feature of the Capricorn Coast. Formed in the late Cretaceous era between 79 and 73 million years ago when lava forced through outer layers of rock, these trachyte plugs now provide visitors with scenic viewpoints out to the Keppel Bay islands and the coastal hinterlands. The six coastal reserves of Capricorn Coast National Park also protect a wide range of coastal plant communities including heath lands, open eucalypt forest, vine thickets and open tussock grasslands. Each of the four sections open to visitors has something different to offer.

    Double Head Section adjoins Rosslyn Bay Harbour and protects vine thicket with overhanging fig trees, windswept and stunted scrub land and open tussock grassland with grasstrees. Bird’s eye views over the harbour and a close-up of Fan Rock—the core of an old volcano—are two must see features of this section.

    Rosslyn Head Section located between Statute Bay and Kemp Beach protects eucalypt forests and coastal sand dune heath and features a rocky headland rising 60m above sea level.

    Bluff Point Section at the southern end of Kemp Beach is a popular picnic spot with superb coastal scenery. It features a range of coastal vegetation from mangroves and heath lands to open eucalypt forests and tussock grasslands and is the largest trachyte plug on the Capricorn Coast. Two lookout points are perfect for spotting marine life below and enjoying cool sea breezes, while the walk provides marvellous views of the hinterland.

    Cocoanut Point Section was added to Capricorn Coast National Park in 2006 and protects vine thickets with a heath understorey.

    Looking after the park

    Please help protect Capricorn Coast National Park by following these guidelines.

    • Take all rubbish home. There are no rubbish bins in the park. Never burn or bury it.
    • Do not feed native animals. Keep all your food and scraps in animal proof containers at all times.
    • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals disturb wildlife and are not permitted in the park.
    • Use public facilities at Bluff Point or in the towns of Yeppoon or Emu Park.
    • Leave Capricorn Coast National Park as you found it. All plants and animals are protected.

    See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Capricorn Coast National Park for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.

    The national park is managed in accordance with the Capricorn Coast National Park Management Plan (PDF, 4.6MB) .

    Tourism information links

    Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre
    www.capricornholidays.com.au
    Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Highway, Yeppoon Qld
    ph (07) 4939 4888 or 1800 675 785
    fax (07) 4939 1696
    email yeppoon@capricorntourism.com.au

    The Spire Visitor Information Centre
    www.capricornholidays.com.au
    Tropic of Capricorn Spire, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton Qld
    ph (07) 4921 2311 or 1800 676 701
    fax (07) 4922 2605
    email infocentre@capricorntourism.com.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.