Emu Park may be small in size, but it still dishes out an exquisite coastal holiday experience. It sits only 20kms to the south of Yeppoon, and 30 minutes drive north of Rockhampton. However, the town proudly boasts its own tourist scene, separate from other nearby towns of the Capricorn Coast.
Swimming is a popular pastime at Emu Park. There are two fantastic beaches hugging the town. Fisherman’s Beach, which is the most accessible swimming spot, sits between Tandy Beach and Emu Point. All year round, visitors come to swim and sunbathe, although it is an unpatrolled beach, so caution is advised. Luckily, the off-shore reef islands protect the coastline and beaches from powerful waves. To the south is Emu Park Beach, which also offers tourists a place to cool down safely, as a lifesaving club is located here.
Fishing is another great way to spend a few hours in Emu Park. Beach fishing is possible, as the rocky headland at Tandy Beach, Emu Point and Emu Park Beach make for excellent fishing spots. There are fishing tours and boat rentals available within the town too, so avid fisherman can head into the Great Barrier Reef or beyond to try their luck in deeper water.
Of course, being a gateway to the reef, Emu Park makes it easy to explore some of the most beautiful hot-spots of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling, swimming and diving at islands like Great Keppel, Humpy Island and Pelican Island are popular activities. Finding a secluded spot upon these islands will take no time at all.
Emu Park Hotels and Accommodation
There are several cozy accommodation options located within the township. From most hotels, it is possible to explore many of the town’s landmarks and attractions by foot. Bell Park sits behind Fisherman’s Beach, providing the perfect parkland escape for families. Each month, the Bell Park Markets dominate the headlines too. It’s also worth checking out the Singing Ship Monument, which is perched upon the central headland, overlooking Keppel Bay and the Capricorn Coast.