Emu Park enjoys a pleasant climate and a get away from the hectic lifestyle often experienced in the larger towns and cities. The coastline here is arguably one of the most beautiful areas of the Queensland coast, if not the world. Emu Park, home of the famous Singing Ship Monument, is found on the Capricorn Coast, some 44klms east of the City of Rockhampton, is 19 klms south of the township of Yeppoon, and overlooks the islands of Keppel Bay, including the world famous Great Keppel Island.
The Capricorn Coast is still a relatively unspoilt part of the Queensland Coast, with some beautiful scenery and uncrowded beaches, even sometimes one all to yourself! The Capricorn Coast has a perfect climate, year round. Generally one can expect hot summers, but not unbearable; and mild sunny winters when the nights get cool, but not freezing. Clear days with blue skies are the norm!
The first European to visit this attractive spot was Captain James Cook who sailed past the area between 25 May and 27 May 1770. He experienced some difficulty with the shallowness of the water. During this time he named Great Keppel Island and Keppel Bay (after Admiral August Keppel) and Cape Capricorn.
Today Emu Park is usually visited by travellers passing through on the circular scenic route from Rockhampton to Yeppoon.
Great Keppel Island
One of the great attractions local to Emu Park is Great Keppel Island.
Keppel is the largest of the Keppel Group of 1454 hectares and is surrounded by no fewer than 17 beaches. The majority seldom visited and thus great destinations for a hike across the island, snorkelling of the likes of Monkey Beach and others, romantic picinic lunch, hikes to the lookouts, lighthouse and Mt. Wyndham are all excellent.
AROUND EMU PARK
Thirteen of Queensland’s most beautiful beaches lie between the main townships of Yeppoon and Emu Park. Great Keppel being just 30 minutes away by ferry from the boat harbour at Rosslyn Bay.
THE SINGING SHIP
The great attraction of the area, apart from the swimming, fishing and lazing about, is the remarkable Singing Ship musical sculpture in Kele Park on the headland, south of the main beach. It is dedicated to James Cook who named Keppel Bay on 27 May 1770. The Singing Ship sculpture really works. It sings almost constantly because of the on-shore breezes. The effect, particularly on a clear day when the white ship gleams in the sun, is quite stunning.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month come along and stroll through the variety of market stalls down in Bell Park. Fresh produce, plants, preserves, craft, novelty items, art, and woodwork. (Free)
EMU PARK ART GALLERY
Only 10mins drive from here is a National Park at Kemp Beach. Walk up the track only 700m to the Turtle Point lookout, or do the full 2.3km track. (Free) Exhibitions from local artists including original paintings, pottery, sculpture, fibre art, cards, and gifts. (Free)
SUNSET BEACH WALK
Take a relaxing walk along the beautiful and pristine beach just across the road from the backpackers at sunset time. (Free)
Get a group together and enjoy a game of fun barefoot bowls for a very cheap price.
KOORANA CROCODILE FARM
Get up close and personal with a 1000kg croc and hold a baby croc at the end of the 1.5hr tour!
Enjoy a steak in the beef capital from the Great Western Hotels Steak House before watching a thrilling rodeo in the bull riding arena.
Take a magnificent helicopter flight over the Capricorn Coast.
EMU PARK HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Take a look at some very interesting exhibits and local history. tel: (07) 4939 6080.
ANZAC MEMORIAL WALK
Stroll down the board walk to reflect on the ANZACs who fought in WW1. (Free)