En­joy the per­fec­tion of Yep­pon for your next get­away

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY BROOKE GARD­NER

When I think of hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions, I can’t say Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon are what im­me­di­ately springs to mind.

How­ever, my part­ner was sta­tioned there for work so my three–year–old and I made the 8–hour drive.

I am sur­prised to ad­mit, but it was an amaz­ing hol­i­day.

We booked a beau­ti­ful apart­ment at the top of Yep­poon’s main beach, with views from ev­ery win­dow.

Spend­ing the morn­ing on the bal­cony, drink­ing cof­fee and over­look­ing the ocean, was the best way to start the day.

Walk­ing di­rectly across the road to the stun­ning beach, my son was liv­ing his best life — run­ning be­tween the beaches and the free, coun­cil–run Kep­pel Kracken Wa­ter Park (sit­u­ated di­rectly on the board­walk, con­ve­niently op­po­site lovely cof­fee shops).

Any­one who has va­ca­tioned with an ac­tive three–year–old knows that wear­ing them out, while still hav­ing a great va­ca­tion your­self, is of­ten un­achiev­able — but Yep­poon’s beach–fronts fit the bill.

Across town (walk­ing dis­tance if you’re keen, or a short drive if you’re like me) is the man–made la­goon fa­cil­ity, com­plete with wa­ter slides, tram­po­lines and plenty of kid–friendly en­ter­tain­ment.

Yep­poon also of­fers a wide range of great restau­rants and cafes.

Mak­ing short day trips from our base in Yep­poon, we vis­ited the Rock­hamp­ton Zoo (only a 35–minute drive away).

This zoo is sur­pris­ing; it’s small enough to see ev­ery­thing in half a day but fea­tures such a wide va­ri­ety of an­i­mals, you are not left dis­ap­pointed.

Back­ing onto the zoo, is the Rock­hamp­ton Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, sur­rounded by a large lake and in­clud­ing a wa­ter­fall in the Ja­panese gar­den — yet again Rock­hamp­ton sur­prised us with its beauty.

Zilze Beach, Emu Park — a never–end­ing list of se­cluded, quiet and pic­turesque beaches — are per­fect for fam­ily pic­nics.

We were never at a loss for things to do.

I may not have pur­posely cho­sen our hol­i­day desti­na­tion this year, but our week in Yep­poon was sur­pris­ingly per­fect.

Filled with beau­ti­ful sur­rounds, lovely lo­cals, amaz­ing food and cute lit­tle cafes, I urge you to make the drive — you might be sur­prised too.

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