Five Massive Events Over Two August Weekends!

The next two weekends are going to be HUGE in our destination!

  • Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race – 4-8th August 2017
  • The Annual Yeppoon Triathlon Festival – 5-6th August 2017
  • 2017 Rocky Swap, Rockhampton – Saturday 5th August 2017
  • CQUniversity Village Festival, Yeppoon – 11-13th August 2017
  • Gemfest Festival of Gems, Sapphire Gemfields – 10-13th August 2017


Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race – 4-8th August 2017

Now in its 11th year, the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race continues to grow. Brisbane to Keppel is the signature offshore yachting event for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

The 343 nautical mile race will start on Friday 4 August 2017 at 1100 just east of Green Island on Brisbane’s beautiful Moreton Bay. The yachts will cruise along the shorelines of the world famous Fraser Island before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn bound for Keppel Bay Marina.

Join in all the fun and dine at the Award Winning Waterline Restaurant and live music at the Keppel Bay Marina this weekend while watching the yachts arrive – you will not be disappointed!

As a local touch, the Keppel Bay Marina Crew welcome all the yacht crews with a local Pineapple which signify the yachts have now crossed the Tropic of Capricorn.


The Annual Yeppoon Triathlon Festival – 5-6th August 2017
The new kid on the block and now in its THIRD year, the festival is a weekend full of great opportunities for competitors, families and the community to celebrate all things sport and everything that the Capricorn Coast has to offer.


  • Kids Aquathlon, ages 7 – 13
  • Festival Carb Loading Dinner (Bookings available online during registration. Limited walk-in seats available on the night)


All triathlon race registrations have closed and no registrations will be taken on the day.

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2017 Rocky Swap, Rockhampton – Saturday 5th August 2017

Held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, the Rocky Swap is run jointly by “Rotary Club of Rockhampton North Inc.” and “All Classic Motor Club of Central Queensland Inc.

With 1,100 site holders from as far away as Victoria, this is the 21st swap since 1996 and the largest in Australia, thanks to the support of 200 wonderful volunteers.

Saturday breakfast is served at a number of stalls. Food, drinks and expresso coffee will be available all day, with all profits going to local charities. The People’s bar will be open from 10am till 6pm.

Funds raised are donated to community service, sporting groups and other volunteer organisations throughout the year.

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CQUniversity Village Festival, Yeppoon – 11-13th August 2017

This year’s event to be held on the beachfront Yeppoon (with gigs at venues around town), is set to be the biggest yet!

The CQUniversity Village Festival is Central Queensland’s Premier Music, Arts and Cultural celebration. The Festival has been held annually since 2003 and provides a vibrant mix of music, performing and visual arts, children’s festival, street theatre, workshops and food and market stalls.

Nearly 40 Artists this year will include headline acts; The Whitlams, Elixir featuring Katie Noonan, The Wilson Pickers, Sara Storer, Casey Marie and many more as well as popular local talent The Short Fall, Little Mountain, MotherLove, Kristan Hannaford, Brad Butcher, Aristokatz, Will Hearn, Y.U.M, Capricorn Gospel Choir, Sophie Rose, Sha’Waza Dance, Saltwater Citizens and Weathered.

Join in the fun at Coastal Grooves, Sunday Seaviews, Redfoot Cabaret, Beaches Got Talent Grand Final, Sunday Session, Friday and Saturday Chai Lounge, Hall Yoga, School Yard Games, Hall Workshops, songs from the Shire and Jumble Sale!

I have personally seen this event grow from the school yard of the Farnborough State School back in 2003 with 500 visitors, then from 2006 for a decade at the Yeppoon Pony Club which it outgrew and moved to popular Yeppoon beachfront location in 2014 where 15,000 people can celebrate the region’s premier arts and cultural event.

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Gemfest Festival of Gems, Anakie; Sapphire Gemfields – 10-13th August 2017

This year’s Gemfest – Festival of Gems celebrates its 30th Anniversary!  This annual 4-day exhibition provided a unique gemstone and jewelery experience including offerings from respected local, national and international gemstone traders, quality entertainment and food, and some of the finest Australian Sapphires you will ever see.

The festival enjoys a high profile in the industry as one of Australia’s Premier Gem Shows and this year promises to be another huge success.   Many visitors spend extended time in the Sapphire Gemfields thanks to this event.

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Sarah Storer will be a headline Act at this year’s Gemfest celebrations thanks to ‘Legend and the Locals’ Tour organized by Little Mountain & Regional QLD Locals.

CQUniversity’s LEGEND & THE LOCALS is an annual tour (featuring a different Australian music Legend each year) of Regional Queensland communities.  The much loved music ‘Legend’ is accompanied by an up and coming support act, and invites locals to join the show for unique collaborations. 

 The tour stays for two days in each town, with the ‘Legend’ connecting with the community on the first day through workshops.  The entire day is dedicated to honing the skills of the locals, developing collaborations, and preparing them to step onto the stage, side by side with the Legend.  The second day is reserved for rehearsals with the locals, followed by the awe inspiring show in the evening, featuring the hits of the ‘Legend’, and showcasing the talents of the locals.  A truly ‘once in a lifetime’ experience!

In 2017 CQUniversity’s Legend & the Locals will be collaborating with a minimum of 360 regional QLD locals through orchestras, bands, choirs and individual musicians in twelve towns across the state: Yeppoon, Mount Morgan, Monto, Gympie, Proserpine, Mackay, Collinsville, Capella, Sapphire Gemfields, Blackall, Hughenden and Moranbah

All of this is made possible through the generous support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund, and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal with thanks to the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

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Major events and festivals are a critical component to our tourism industry in our Capricorn/Central Queensland region and Southern Great Barrier Reef destination – thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and community members who donate their time for the benefit of our destination!

Mary Carroll

CEO Capricorn Enterprise

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