Capricorn Coast National Park Capricorn

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Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in Capricorn Coast National Park.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Yeppoon and Emu Park. See the tourism information links for more details.

    Walking

    Double Head and Bluff Point sections feature formed walking tracks through sunny grasslands and shady forests to coastal lookouts. You may also walk through Rosslyn Head section however there are no formal walking tracks provided.

    Remember to follow the Queensland Parks and forests walk with care guidelines.

    Fan Rock and Rosslyn Bay lookouts

    Grade 3

    Distance: 700m return

    Time: 40 minutes

    Details: At Double Head, this steep sealed track takes you through shady vine thickets and sunny grasslands and features two scenic lookouts—Fan Rock and Rosslyn Bay. Enjoy views to the Keppel Bay islands and other volcanic plugs south along the coast from Fan Rock. Spectacular views north to Yeppoon and the Byfield Ranges are on offer from the Rosslyn Bay Lookout.

    Image of the stunning coastal views on the Bluff Point Circuit walk.

    Stretch your legs and take in stunning coastal views on the Bluff Point Circuit walk.

    Photo credit: Bryce Millar © Queensland Government

    Bluff Point Circuit

    Grade 3

    Distance: 2.3km return

    Time: 1.5 hours

    Details: At Bluff Point, enjoy panoramic views of the Capricorn coastline and the Keppel Bay islands on the 2.3km circuit track. Take a steep 600m climb to Turtle Lookout to admire the hill tops of the Keppel Bay islands and spot turtles swimming in the water beneath you. Continue a short distance to Ritamada Outlook for views along the coast. Return the way you came or continue along the track through open grasslands with views of the hinterland, and dense dry rainforest to complete the 2.3km circuit.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Take a picnic with you to enjoy at any one of the lookouts at Double Head or Bluff Point, or savour a barbecue at the picnic facilities provided at Bluff Point—toilets and automatic gas barbecues are provided just a short walk from the car park. Alternatively pack a picnic lunch and relax on one of the beaches nearby.

    Viewing wildlife

    Although Capricorn Coast National Park is small it protects diverse habitats in a rapidly developing coastal area, making it an important retreat for many different animals. Seabirds like Caspian terns and white-bellied sea-eagles are commonly seen from the lookouts while scrub turkeys, olive-backed sunbirds, varied trillers and spangled drongos may be found in forested areas. Possums and unadorned rock-wallabies may be spotted early in the morning or evening while goannas are more active during the day. Turtles and dolphins may be seen from the lookouts at Bluff Point at any time of day and at low tide you can explore life in rock pools along the beach.