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Great news for our region as major events are confirmed for 2020

Following cancellations and postponement of events due to COVID-19, we’re please to say that major events are confirming their dates for later this year. Keep up to date with the latest by saving the link to our major event calendar… Read more »

Great Western Hotel closing due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 the Great Western Hotel will not be reopening. The Great Western Hotel is an iconic local tourist destination which is heavily dependent on overseas and interstate visitors. The social distancing restrictions, border closures and travel restrictions have… Read more »

Capricorn Enterprise supporting our tourism industry

Three months ago, the tourism industry was forced to hit the pause button on planned marketing activities, as the COVID-19 pandemic presented a tremendous negative effect on our local and regional economy. As one of the first industries to feel… Read more »

Approved Industry COVID Safe Plans

Please find below links to COVID Safe Industry Plans that have been approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer. Businesses can adopt one of the following COVID Safe Industry Approved Plans: Queensland Tourism and Accommodation (PDF, 2.5 MB) Aquatic Sport Sector (PDF,… Read more »

Local tourism industry fears the slow road to recovery

Whilst the staggered easing of restrictions announced by State Government earlier this week was initially received as a welcome step in the right direction for many, not everyone has found cause for celebration. As tourism and private sector operators nervously… Read more »

Coast tourism operators refuse to sit idle during COVID-19 confinement

Whilst the global pandemic has had a huge impact on our local tourism industry, some Capricorn Coast business operators are choosing to embrace the positive side of slower living, and pushing their ‘backburner’ jobs to the front on the cue… Read more »

Launch of new multi-media campaign inspires locals to book now and holiday soon!

“There is no question that when a tourist comes and visits a destination, those dollars get spread right through the economy.’ – Grant Cassidy, Empire Apartment Hotel We have proved in the past that strong roots weather the toughest storms,… Read more »

May’s full moon set to cast a positive shadow

On the eve of our next full moon (7th May 2020), Fern’s Hideaway Resort’s resident muso, John Martin has performed an exceptionally significant cover of Cat Stevens ‘Moonshadow’, providing a message of hope as our region begins to see some… Read more »

Holiday at Home competition

From the newly established 5-star ‘Gleeson’s World of Fun’ accommodation in Yeppoon, to Owen’s exciting Wildlife Adventures, the final two weeks of the Holiday at Home competition certainly made us smile! Check out details of our week two and three… Read more »

5 ways to celebrate a socially distant Mother’s Day

“The sun will still shine. The flowers will still bloom. Emotion will still be shared. Hope will still prevail, and love will still conquer.” Although the coronavirus pandemic has thrown some logistical spanners in the works for 2020, time keeps… Read more »