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Rockhampton is 40 km away from the seaside village of Yeppoon, which is well known for its magical beachside setting amid towering palms and sparkling seas. Thirteen of Queensland’s most beautiful beaches lie between the main townships of Yeppoon and Emu Park.
Close by is Great Keppel Island, a popular island for visitors, which can be reached by a 30 minute ferry ride. Ferry services operate daily out of Keppel Bay Marina and Rosslyn Bay. The sand here is pristine white and the waters are sheltered by the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Rising out of Rockhampton’s northeastern suburbs, Mt Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city, and showcases a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna. Frazer Park, at the summit of Mt Archer, is approximately 604 meters above sea level.
There is plenty to do in the city and the surrounding area. West of Rockhampton is Gracemere, which is home to the largest cattle saleyard in the Southern Hemisphere. Nearby is Mt Morgan, a small town with gold rush connections and a rich gold and copper mining history. Emerald and the Sapphire Gemfields are only 4 hours west of Rockhampton, along the Tropic of Capricorn. Visitors here have the chance to strike it rich and fossick for high-quality sapphires and zircons. 25 kilometres from Rockhampton are several limestone caves worth exploring.