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Capricorn Coast & Islands

In the pristine waters off the Capricorn Coast lie two of Australia's natural treasures: the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Islands Group.

The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is a wonder to behold; hundreds of species of beautiful tropical fish, turtles and other sea life swimming among brilliantly coloured coral reefs and diverse flora. You may have already seen the photos, but to snorkel, dive or cruise the Reef in person is an unforgettable experience.

The 18 islands among the Keppel Group include many National Parks and the magnificent Great Keppel Island, easily accessible by ferry and light plane. With the protection of a fringing reef, the waters surrounding the Keppels are amazingly calm, making it perfect for water sports such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, water-skiing and tubing.

Back on the Capricorn Coast are 13 sparkling white beaches stretching from Yeppoon to Emu Park. Coastal towns sit on these beautiful stretches of coastline where warm waters lap the white sands and the many secluded beach locations. North of Yeppoon you'll find the lush forests of Byfield National Park and the surrounding nature reserves, the exclusive home of the rare Byfield Fern. The wonderful scenery includes rolling sand dunes, untouched beaches, swamps rich with wildlife, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains.

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