Let’s ride the wave of tourism potential
THE Surf Lakes plan to build a world first wave park on Yeppoon Rd illustrates the fantastic tourism potential of this region.
It’s gratifying to know that of all the places on the east coast of Australia they picked us with one of the key attractions for the surf park developers being our “fabulous” all-yearround swimming weather.
This should be the start of something really big for this area instead of stakeholders hanging so much hope on the resurgence of Great Keppel Island.
I am filled with optimism about what is further possible for us in the adventure tourism space.
Just imagine the pulling power for Rockhampton and Yeppoon if this surf attraction can be developed into a fullscale commercial enterprise.
This dynamic surf fun park would be complemented by the close proximity of the laidback leisure option available at the Yeppoon Foreshore Lagoon, under construction and due to be opened early 2018.
In addition, one of our best natural adventure sites, Mt Jim Crow, is only a stone’s throw away from the wave park.
I can see tourists starting their day with a climb up Mt Jim Crow and then off to the wave pool across the road for a refreshing surf before finishing the day with fish and chips at the Yeppoon lagoon. Maybe they can even fit in a mountain bike ride at First Turkey.
I applaud Yeppoon Regional Council and Capricorn Enterprise for the work done to get Surf Lakes to this point, but what else can the State and Federal Governments do to make this dream and reality?