Part 3 of our Queensland adventure…
1. Agnes Water to Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast
(see previous post for info about Agnes Water).
Yeppoon was first settled by the Ross family in 1865. Fruit crops, cattle, and wool were the major industries early on. A short-lived period of sugar cane growing followed, which failed due to unseasonal rains and lack of financial backing. Pineapples, mangoes, and other tropical fruit became the mainstay of local agriculture in the new century, whilst cattle grazing and fishing also contributed to the local economy.
The moment we drove into Yeppoon, we loved it. It’s a little creative humble hub, quietly sitting on its own by the ocean.
We stayed in the coolest backpacker hostel EVER! With a black and white theme, revolving around pineapples (which the area is known for), the decor and homeliness of Yeppoon Beach House reminded us of our friends Wes and Beth’s house in Bellingen (awww, we miss them!).
There, we met some really interesting people with whom we had lots of enlightening conversations: a teacher relocating to the area, a girl from a massive cattle ranch family, a couple of Italians working on a pineapple farm and the lovely manager, who is from Fiji.
The beach is the widest, longest and most flat we have encountered – perfect for daily runs!
From Yeppoon, you can take a boat ride to Keppell Island, which is meant to be beautiful. Alas, we didn’t have the time. Next visit!
2. Yeppoon to Airlie Beach
The first thing you notice upon entering Airlie is the unreal colour of the water…
There’s a beautiful lagoon pool by the ocean, perfect for cooling off!
And plenty of cute cafes for a cheeky coffee or dress up!!
This was our stopping off point for a trip to the Whitsundays! We pitched our tent at the Big4 Adventure Park, complete with water slides and tons of ducks, much to Lola and Albie’s delight!
Having met a lovely family in Hervey Bay, who recommended Ocean Rafting to get out to the islands, we picked a sunny calm day for our inflatable yellow speedboat trip out to the islands!
Luck was on our side weather-wise, given we were travelling in Queensland’s monsoon season, and we enjoyed the most exhilarating boat trip any of us have ever experienced! The photos go some way to show the joy on Lola and Albie’s faces as we raced through waves (and Lola perched on – slash hung on for dear life to – the inflatable boat’s side!)
Clad in our stinger suits (mmm attractive!), we snorkelled at a couple of sites, where we saw an abundance of colourful fish: giant trevallies, bat fish, butterfly fish, raccoon butterfly fish, parrot fish, anemone fish, plus heaps more! So proud of L and A, who have grown so much in confidence and competence in their swimming, being in deep water and snorkelling.
Cruising into Hill Inlet, we were gobsmacked by the picture-postcard scenery…
After a climb through the Whitsunday Islands National Park, we were rewarded with incredible views over Whitehaven Beach. Before you ask, yes, the sand really is that white and the water really is that spectacular array of crystal clear blues!
Wow, this place took our breath away.
Next post: Airlie Beach to Townsville and then Mission Beach.