There’s no surf on the Capricorn Coast.
Maybe one day soon Yeppoon will have the coolest surf parks ever in Surf Lakes, but the ocean? Usually, it’s beautifully flat as a tack – as you’d expect on the tropical Queensland coast – but when the cyclone swell is on, so are the waves!
With recent storms, Emu Park – a little coastal village about 20 minutes south of Yeppoon – was one of the local spots that saw locals spending a good few days in water, making the most of the conditions while they lasted. Emu Park’s main beach (just out the front of the Emu Park SLSC) was the place to be for fun waves whether surfing, watching, or simply getting amongst the broad smiles and good vibes that the wind blew in.
The lesson? Always have a board handy – you never know when it’ll come in handy!
About Emu Park:
20 minutes from Yeppoon, 40 minutes from Rockhampton, Emu Park is home to the Singing Ship monument, a moving ANZAC memorial boardwalk, multiple beaches and walks, as well as a generous helping of country Queensland friendliness.
The pristine coastline overlooks the Keppels (which are only a quick 30 minutes trip away on the ferry – or even easier, from the Emu Park boat ramp if you happen to have a boat handy).
Emu Park is the perfect, picturesque base to explore the Yeppoon area, or to simply enjoy some downtime – hide away the car keys, unwind and relax.
Some of the picks for a bite and a drink? Start your morning with a coffee from the friendly folks at Honeybee Collective, the little coffee shop that runs from the Surf Club. In the evening, enjoy some local craft brew and great food with live music at Forty Seven 10 in the evening. Alternately, pick up some tasty takeaways from Emu Park Pizza, or relax with a beer and some true country atmosphere at the Piney – the Pine Beach Hotel.
There’s plenty of accommodation right in the village, from hotel rooms at the Endeavour Inn, to camping at the Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park. Or why not just book a full house with parking for the boat, walking distance to everything, like the Cockatoo Beach Cottage on AirBNB – see https://www.emuparkholidays.com.au/