Immerse yourself in isolation on the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Social distancing, self-isolation and self-care… it sounds like a blissful anecdote to incorporate into a relaxing weekend away. And there is no better time than right now to remove yourself from the crowds, get outdoors and discover our beautiful backyard.

“From Carnarvon Gorge to Pumpkin Island and everywhere in between, our destination is sprinkled with loads of open aired, tranquil spaces for you and your family to enjoy,” said Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll. “We are encouraging locals to get out outdoors, check out some local attractions, and importantly support local businesses who are equally feeling the pressure of this global emergency.”

“This is a trying time for many, but we are certain that fresh air and outside experiences offer a pleasant distraction to our concerns and worries during these times of crisis.”

In need of some social distancing? We’ve got 7 beautiful distractions to help you escape…

1. Byfield

Not only is our destination home to some of the best beaches and reefs in Queensland, it is also home of the Byfield National Park, a rainforest area located 25 minutes-drive north of Yeppoon. With exquisite accommodation options right on the banks of Waterpark Creek, Ferns Hideaway Resort and Rainforest Ranch Wilderness Retreat are the perfect places to relax and soak up the cool seclusion of this intimate village.

2. Pumpkin Island

The view from Pumpkin Hut

Ahh…isolation at it very best. Pumpkin Island is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Keppel Group of islands, this little gem sits just 14 kilometres off the coast of Yeppoon. At just six-hectares in total, Pumpkin Island is the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ and offers eco-friendly accommodation for up to 34 guests in 7 self-catering units.

3. Great Keppel Island

With a choice of 17 beaches to explore, it is 100% likely that you will be much more than six feet away from others. Bunker down at Great Keppel Island Hideaway or Great Keppel Island Holiday Village for the night and forget the world’s worries as you watch the magical sunset and enjoy the brilliant starry nights. Just a half-hour ferry ride from Yeppoon, the activities on offer at Great Keppel Island are endless.

4. Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with loved ones in a spectacular setting that allows you to be as active or as chilled as you like. Best explored by foot, all ages will love hiking among the dramatic scenery of high sandstone cliffs, trickling creeks, and awe-inspiring places such as the Art Gallery, Moss Garden, Amphitheatre and Wards Canyon. Whether you are a camper, a glamper, or after something a little fancier, Takarakka Bush Resort is the perfect base to discover the magical secrets of this iconic location.

5. Blackdown Tableland National Park

It’s only 180km west of Rockhampton and 110km east of Emerald, but you will feel world’s away from reality when you visit Blackdown Tableland National Park. Pack up the tent and some bare necessities and discover ancient Aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls. Lace up your shoes and explore several walking tracks through the park and feel on top of the world at the scenic lookouts.

6. Mount Morgan Dam

Take a day trip and chill out at the No.7 dam in Mount Morgan. With its picturesque natural views, the dam offers a tranquil place for the family. Enjoy a picnic, use the free barbeques and let the kids run wild in the high shaded playground. Keen on a spot of fishing? The dam also provides unique opportunities with red claw and kayak fishing.

7. Mount Archer National Park

The air is fresher 604 metres above sea level, and Mount Archer National Park is ready to be explored. Discover spectacular views of Rockhampton and the surrounding ranges and stay to soak up the incredible colours of the sunset over the Beef Capital. Mount Archer is home to a variety of woodland birds including powerful owls and black cockatoos, along with wallabies and other friendly locals, so take a hike through the Park and enjoy this wonderfully beautiful space.

If you are ready to ‘remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings and maintain distance from others where possible’, start planning your family getaway at

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