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Visit the picturesque coastal town of Yeppoon and you’ll discover there’s much more waiting for you than you ever could have expected. In addition to sun-drenched beaches and a sense of coastal calm, Yeppoon is home to exceptional restaurants, wonderful cafes and a string of markets, boutiques all run by friendly locals. This burgeoning coastal culture hub also has a proud arts scene, perfectly reflected in the vibrant street art dotted around the town and coastline. Here are some of the best street art spots you absolutely must see in and around Yeppoon.
1. Emu Park
You’ll find Emu Park located 20 minutes drive from the heart of Yeppoon. Take a visit to the Main Beach Bathing Pavilion adorned with whimsical characters representing the halcyon days of beach bathing. Created by artist Simon McLean its a fantastic tribute to beach life in the early 20th century. Afterwards, you might like to wander along the beach afterwards or do the Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk. For more street art spotting, be sure to check out the vibrant cockatoo piece at the Emu Park Post Office by Rosie Woods, the skating tribute at the Emu Park Skate Park also by Simon McLean and the sports-themed pieces at the Harley Street Sports Complex by Out There.
Take a short drive to Rosslyn, around 12 minutes from the heart of Yeppoon and you’ll find Kemp Beach. Make your way toward the Bluff Point Walking Track, located at the Southern end of the beach, and you’ll spot another piece by Sean McLean. Turtles of all shapes and sizes bring the artwork to life and serve as the perfect marker for the famous turtle lookout along the Bluff Point Walk Track. Here, visitors can spot turtles coming up for air while taking in unbeatable views of the local area.
Set beside a sprawling tree, Two Sisters Coffee Bar is the perfect spot to sip a cup of fantastic Campos coffee and enjoy artwork by Mash Design. The vibrant mural with elegant pink flamingo perfectly reflects the tropical location while the sentiment, ‘Another day in paradise,’ couldn’t be better fitting. On the back of the coffee bar, an ornate set of wings makes for the perfect Instagram backdrop. Enjoy your coffee on-site or get it to go, heading up to Wreck Point for million-dollar views at the lookout and a sculpture by Out There, commemorating the ship wreck that gave the location its name.
Slow down the pace while feeding your hungry and art obsession at Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant. Perfectly placed in the heart of Yeppoon, it’s a great spot to dine with the restaurant’s stunning mural providing an incredible backdrop. Adapted from Vladimir Tretchikoff’s famous, ‘Lady from Orient,’ portrait, the team at Vue worked with Justine Missen and local artist, Jon Watson to create the striking artwork. The brilliant colours and easy sense of calm and confidence resonate throughout the restaurant, from the decor to the food, making it a must-visit stop on your street art tour.
There’s a wealth of street art spotting opportunities at the Yeppoon Lagoon and nearby Skate Park. The bright, friendly faces painted on the walls of the Skate Park amenities block, created by Out There, reflect the playful, youthful character of the area. Part of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project they add a renewed sense of life and colour. Wander over to the Yeppoon Lagoon, a few short steps away, the ideal spot for a refreshing swim overlooking the water. Here, you can spot the pink turtles on the screen wall, created by Out There and Place Design Group. With comfortable chairs below, it’s an artwork destination doubling as a cosy spot to hang out post-swim.
6. Kraken on Barry Street
Be sure to visit the mythical Kraken, busting through the Barry Street Wall. Created by artist Martin Schlick, the Kraken’s gigantic 3D tentacles come to life, writhing and tumbling in an explosion of paint. The location is a fantastic spot for creative, interactive photographs and a short walk from the Yeppoon foreshore and nearby cafes and restaurants, for a post-Kraken feast.
The Yeppoon Town Centre Carpark, located on Queen Street, doubles as a multi-level art gallery. Spend some time exploring each level and you’ll find a wealth of artworks from various artists, ranging from sprawling full-wall murals to smaller pieces hidden here and there. Take in the striking colours of the giant lion fish and the lively faces of local musical duo, Busby Marou. Smile at the image of Pram Dog, a tribute to a well known local always seen pushing her beloved dog in a pram. Scope out artworks dedicated to classic cars, local birdlife and a very clever piece of a little girl with an umbrella.
8. Livingstone Library
At the Livingstone Library, the face of Groucho Marx lights up the outside of the building. The commissioned artwork, created by Out There, features a number of Marx’s literary quotes. Each quote ties in perfectly to the library, splashing his love of literature and the value of books on the walls for all to see as they enter.
9. Pie Alley
There are a few different pieces awaiting visitors to Pie Alley, in the heart of Yeppoon. Gaze up and you’ll spot the gigantic piece commissioned by the building owners celebrating the history of Pie Alley. Created by Out There, it captures the town’s history at a site once home to a beloved bakery and the best spot in town to grab a warm pie. As you wander through the alley, keep an eye out for bright works by Mash Designs, paying visual tribute to the audible Blues and the renaissance of Pie Alley as a gathering space.
10. Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club
The iconic Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club is perfectly positioned on the beachfront, adorned with lively street art. Created by Simon McLean, the quirky characters portray the vital role of the lifesaving community in supporting beach safety. Commissioned by the YSLSC, the artwork does double duty, drawing attention to the building’s function, location of public amenities and the first aid centre as well. Keep an eye out for fun elements within the work, including cheeky seagulls and pelicans. A visit here goes hand-in-hand with a stroll along the beach and maybe a bite to eat.
11. Keppel Bay Sailing Club
Step back in time with a visit to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club where a wide range of vintage-inspired artworks bring the building to life. Brilliant shades of blue and yellow reflect the coastal feel and each piece captures a different element of life by the water. Peruse the pin-up perfect woman in a retro swimsuit, super cool Kombi and stand-up paddle-boarder and gorgeous pieces portraying sail boats. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Sailing Club or head around to their Beach Club Cafe to grab a coffee and watch the sunrise over the islands.