Phoebe is a writer and presenter and Matt is a videographer. Together, they run Little Grey Box; an award-winning travel blog and YouTube channel.
There are so many demands in modern life, it’s no surprise many people feel stressed, overwhelmed and burnt out. When that happens, it’s important to take time to rest and recharge. An idyllic tropical oasis, Queensland’s Capricorn Coast region offers visitors the chance to disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with themselves. From vigorous outdoor adventures and peaceful beach locations to the fresh ocean air and mother nature’s calm, it’s the ultimate spot for those in need of a break. To help you find the perfect way to unwind, here are some of the very best ways to revitalise on the Capricorn Coast.
1. Enjoy a wellness retreat
Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit at a Rosslyn Bay Wellness Retreat. Held in the picture-perfect, oceanside surrounds of Rosslyn Bay, it’s an opportunity to slow down and reconnect. Industry specialists and wellness experts lead nurturing activities like silent nature walks and yoga and meditation sessions as well as a range of enjoyable workshops. Each workshop is aimed at giving guests the information and tools needed to improve their mental, physical and spiritual health and vitality. Explore High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm and learn about growing great food then pick fresh produce and discover how to turn it into delicious and nutritious meals under the guidance of a chef. With programs tailored to men, women and couples, a Rosslyn Bay Wellness Retreat offers respite from the world and will leave you feeling rested and refreshed.
2. Connect with nature on an island paradise
Escape to your very own slice of paradise at Pumpkin Island. Aboard the Pumpkin Island Express, it only takes 45 minutes to get from the Keppel Bay Marina to the island but you’ll feel much further away the second your feet sink into the sand. Get cosy in your cottage or bungalow, with the beach a few steps away and an entire island at your fingertips. Spend your days exploring the network of trails, discovering hidden coves and scenic lookout spots. Splash about on stand-up paddle boards and kayaks then explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef with a spot of snorkelling. Swim all day, feast on fantastic local food brought with you or arranged through The Waterline Restaurant and watch the sunset set the sky ablaze with brilliant shades of orange and pink. In the evening, enjoy a beachside bonfire, cold drinks and stargazing then fall asleep to the sound of the waves gently lapping on the shore.
3. Breathe in the fresh ocean air
Immerse yourself in the coastal calm of the Capricorn Coast and let the fresh ocean air replenish your soul. Start your day with a sunrise walk along one of the many spectacular beaches in the area. Wander along Yeppoon Main Beach then head up to a local coffee to kick-start your day or visit Kemp Beach for a serene stroll. Grab your coffee to-go and head up to the Wreck Point Scenic Lookout for million dollar views or follow The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk for a reflective experience in a picture-perfect location. Pick up the pace with a visit to the Bluff Point Lookout where you can spot turtles popping up to the surface. Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Yeppoon Lagoon, overlooking the beach and out to the Keppel Islands or set sail aboard a catamaran for a sunset adventure and the chance to spot dolphins.
4. Let mother nature rejuvenate you
Reconnect with nature in unique parts of the region. Step back in time millions of years on a guided tour of the Capricorn Caves where you’ll view fossils, learn about the region’s incredible history and explore the awe-inspiring limestone caves. Take a trip to Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary and connect with the rescued, rehabilitated and adorable animals who now call it home. Visit the Byfield State Forest and make the most of the extensive network of trails perfect for walking and cycling or enjoy canoeing and kayaking at Water Park Creek and Corio Bay. Rise early and peruse the Yeppoon Community Market on a Saturday morning or The Fig Tree Markets on the first Sunday of the month, soaking in the fresh air and community feel as you pick fresh, local produce and scope out arts, crafts and more.