Enjoy the perfection of Yeppon for your next getaway
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.