The Capricorn Coast in Queensland offers a range of diverse beaches, suitable for every taste. Yeppoon is the main coastal town of the Capricorn Coast, and the beaches in Yeppoon are the perfect getaway for everybody. With warm weather and low precipitation all year round, there are no bad seasons to go and visit this stunning coast.
Yeppoon beaches are known for their diversity and uniqueness. Featuring long and plain sandy beaches to rocky and wilder beaches where you can swim, surf, do some canoeing and kayaking or just relax on the beach. However, if you are fancying something a bit more adventurous you can also explore the surroundings on foot, or even by boat to see the amazing Keppel Islands.
Every beach in Yeppoon offers something exclusive that you won’t find anywhere else. Some of the beaches are located just outside delightful coastal towns, making it easier for families to spend some relaxing days, while others are more hidden and further away from civilization and are just perfect for a bit of solo adventure or for some exciting times with friends.
In this guide, I have included the 10 Best Yeppoon Beaches and the main reasons why they are worth a visit.
Plus, at the end of this article, you will find more information about where to stay in Yeppoon, the best times of the year to make a visit to the area, and other points of interest on the East Coast of Australia.
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Where Is Yeppoon & How To Get There
The coastal town of Yeppoon is located in Queensland, just 45 minutes’ drive from the closest airport – Rockhampton Airport.
Yeppoon belongs to the Capricorn Coast and occupies 95km of the coastline of Central Queensland. All the beaches that I’m going to mention throughout the article belong to this stunning part of Australia.
It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit all of the beaches as public transportation options are far and few between.
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Please see the list below of the 10 Best Beaches In Yeppoon that you will find in this post:
- Zilzie Beach
- Shelley’s Beach
- Emu Park Main Beach
- Kinka Beach
- Mulambin Beach
- Kemp Beach
- Lammermoor Beach
- Cooee Bay Beach
- Yeppoon Main Beach
- Farnborough Beach
10 Best Yeppoon Beaches
So, without further ado, here is a complete list of the 10 Best Beaches In Yeppoon and where to find them!
In first place on this list of best Yeppoon beaches comes the beautiful Zilzie Beach. Located just 4.6km from the coastal town Emu Park, Zilzie Beach is the longest of three rock-dominated beaches situated south of Rocky Point.
As an open and exposed beach, Zilzie offers a stunning view of 600m of fine sand, that can be found between two rocky divisions. Be sure to wander down to the south end of Zilzie Beach to where you can find a cluster of coconut palm trees that makes for the perfect Instagram photo.
Being the safest of the three rocky beaches, with the easiest access and right on the Livingstone area, Zilzie Beach offers a great place for families and friends to spend a pleasant day at the beach.
Laying a few kilometers north of Zilzie Beach is the beautiful Shelley’s Beach, a striking gold sand beach that brings together the wildness of the sea and its rocky settings, with close proximity to town.
Shelley’s Beach is one of the best places to look out for sea creatures in the sand and particularly in the rocks that compose the beach.
Even though it’s a beautiful place to stay for the day and explore, you should be careful while swimming, due to the high amount of rocks that can be hidden under the water. Despite that, don’t let the fear stop you, and make sure you stop for a visit at this single location.
Emu Park Main Beach
Located south of Emu Point, we have one of the two main surfing beaches called Emu Park Main Beach.
Besides it being a quiet beach with waves varying between 0.5 -1m, this beach is known as the surf-lovers’ beach at Emu Park and the site of the Surf Lifesaving Club.
Although this beach in Yeppoon is only 50m wide at high tide, during the low tide the beach gets an extension of 200m of white sand. Located in the middle of a green reserve, Emu Park Main Beach offers a stunning spot for everyone looking to enjoy a day in the sun at the beach.
Kinka Beach is another one of the best beaches in Yeppoon with swimming facilities during the whole year, located only 17km south of Yeppoon town.
As soon as you get to this paradise beach, you’ll be amazed by its beauty and length. With 3km of extension, occupying the southern half of Shoal Bay, Kinka Beach offers an incomparable mixture of low tide sand flats and ridges.
The southern end of Kinka Beach is protected and ends at a mangrove-fringed tidal creek. Facing east-northeast, Kinka Beach offers you a singular view of Great Keppel Island, something I promise you don’t want to miss out on.
As you continue to explore the Yeppoon beaches, you’ll find Mulambin Beach – a wild and untouched location. Situated between Bluff Point and Pinnacle Point, Mulambin Beach is a precious 2km long, well-kept secret.
Besides its uniqueness, its foredunes, and Vulcanic rock surroundings, this beach also provides picnic and BBQ areas nearby.
Featuring an ideal location for many activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and even fishing, it’s also a calm and safe place to swim and relax with low waves and very low gradients.
Kemp Beach is the perfect getaway for everybody, and it’s known for being one of the best sunrise and sunset locations in the Capricorn Coast region.
This scenic 2km in length beach lays just south of Rosslyn Bay. Surrounded by high grass, you can’t even notice the road running just a view meters away, making it an easily accessible beach while still covered by nature.
Bluff Rock, which has a great amount of marine life like dolphins and turtles in its surroundings, is located just 10km from Kemp Beach and can be accessed by kayak canoe, or boat.
Right in the southern Great Barrier Reef, you can find one of the most amazing beaches. Lammermoor Beach, positioned between Cooee Bay and Statue Bay, is a multi-activity haven.
With a total of 2.5km in length, Lammermoor Beach offers a range of exciting experiences for you to do, as well as an embedded coastal town.
Lammermoor Beach is the perfect spot to take a dip in the ocean, to enjoy some canoeing and kayaking by Statue Bay, or if you fancy something a bit different, the Keppel Bay Marina just south of Statue Bay gives you the opportunity to take the ferry to Great Keppel Island as well.
Cooee Bay Beach
If you are looking for a calmer beach to spend the day or a couple of days with your kids, Cooee Bay Beach, a 500m long stretch of sand with small waves.
Situated in the middle of rocky platforms with a low-tide bar, this beach will leave you amazed by its beauty, featuring crystal waters where you are able to spot reefs.
Cooee Bay Beach is enclosed by the coast town Cooee Bay, which has many properties just a few meters away from the beach, where I’m positive you’ll be able to find a short-term rental to spend an unforgettable vacation.
Yeppoon Main Beach
Yeppoon Main Beach, as its name suggests, is located right in the heart of Yeppoon. This beach is considered the main touristic destination out of all the Yeppoon beaches.
Yeppoon Main Beach is 1.4km long and provides plenty of facilities as BBQ and picnic areas, toilets, and access ramps which contributes to its popularity.
Besides its amazing facilities, the beach is all known because of its surf club and the Keppel Bay Sailing Club, located in the northern end and southern end of the beach, respectively.
Being such a popular place, Yeppoon Main Beach is the home of many coastal events like PineFest and the annual Australia Day celebrations that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Farnborough Beach is the longest beach of all the beaches in Yeppoon, boasting a whopping 17km long. Although its length is impressive, that’s not the only reason why you should visit this beach.
Farnborough Beach hosts the Rock Yeppoon Surf Festival every year, a very frequented event for surf-lovers. The waves at Farnborough Beach are usually 0.8m on average but can be higher depending on the day, providing the perfect place for all types of surfers.
Nested between Sandy Point and Barwell Creek, this natural beach couldn’t be a nicer place to spend a couple of hours with your friends, chilling at the beach and surfing some waves.
Best Time To Visit Yeppoon
The best time to visit Yeppoon depends on your plans. If you planning to explore the beaches, their surroundings, and to get involved in different activities, the best months are from May to September, where the temperatures vary between 18-21 °C/ 67-69 °F.
However, if you are fancying to enjoy the hot weather at the beach, you should aim for the months between November and March, when temperatures usually around 26° C/ 78 °F.
Nonetheless, all the Yeppoon area is temperate and has a low chance of precipitation, making it possible to explore it all year round.
Another important thing you should be aware of is the existence of marine stingers, particularly during the summer months. If you happen to get stung by a marine stinger you should pour vinegar on the affected area. Most of the beaches have bottles of vinegar accessible for use.
Where To Stay In Yeppoon
There are dozens of accommodation options to choose from in Yeppoon, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of Yeppoon accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: Beaches On Lammermore Apartments
MID RANGE: Bayview Tower
BUDGET: Yeppoon Beach House
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