12.05.2012 - 19.05.2012
Booked into the Emu Park caravan park for a week, this is on the coast east of Rockhampton, just south of Yeppoon. The eighteen Keppel Bay islands, of which Great Keppel is the best know are quite visible offshore.
Our first day, Mothers Day, we visited Rockhampton, firstly the Heritage Village markets which were a disappointment, then the Botanical Gardens and the zoo within the gardens. On our way home we detoured to Keppel Sands, a small fishing village, south of Emu Park.
Next day we drove north along the coast to Yeppoon, visiting Kinka Beach and Rosslyn Bay. At Rosslyn Bay we bought local prawns and calamari for dinner - garlic prawns, followed by salt and pepper squid.
We visited the Capricorn Caves, these are limestone caves situated 20 klms north of Rockhampton. These caves were quite different to ones we have been in before, they were dry at the time of our visit, and had far less limestone growth, probably due to the distinct wet & dry seasons. One of the main attractions was the cathedral cave, this is fitted out with pews, lights and sound system to allow for weddings and underground opera performances.
We were booked on a sailing cruise around the Keppel islands, however due to increasing winds they had to cancel. Instead we took a fast cat over to Great Keppel Island for the day. The main resort on the island closed in 2008, leaving a big whole in the tourist activities. There is still a small cabin/hut complex, a number of private houses providing accommodation, as well as a few shops. It is a shame, the island is quite beautiful with its white sandy beaches and clear blue water.