Driven by a passion for the region, Alyssah is a Rockhampton local who works as a marketing and communications officer, sharing her storytelling skills to enhance the profile of our exciting destination. When not writing about the wonderful discoveries you will find when you Visit Capricorn, you will find Alyssah out and about exploring every opportunity to experience the best our region has to offer.
As you might expect in a sub-tropical climate, ‘golden hour’ across our Southern Great Barrier Reef destination is an inherently powerful way to finish your day.
With our days long and weather perfect for late afternoon rendezvous, we invite you to infuse some wonder, love and gratitude into your afternoon by taking a moment to witness the beauty and awe of our vibrant local masterpieces.
We have selected our top 10 places in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast to say goodbye to the day and watch the sunset paint the sky in brilliant shades of pink, orange, yellow, purple and red.
Grab a coldie, some nibblies and your loved ones of course, and check out our favourite places to watch the sun go down.
1. Great Keppel Island
Island sunsets are the stuff of legend… and Great Keppel Island provides the perfect opportunity to kick back and watch the sky turn to fiery reds and pinks over the ocean. As the Pride Land of the region, Great Keppel Island sunsets bring out the pack – locals and visitors from near and far to be mind-blown by divine colours. Grab a cocktail and perch on the deck at Great Keppel Island Hideaway and soak up the atmosphere and beauty of this Island paradise.
2. Empire Apartment Hotel
Rockhampton’s newest, largest and award-winning Empire Apartment Hotel just so happens to have the BEST balconies to witness Rocky’s sundown. Book a river facing room and enjoy a peaceful and private view of hue filled skies, while making unforgettable memories with your partner, lover or friends.
Reflecting all things superb about our top-notch destination, the Yeppoon Lagoon at sunset is certainly a sight to see. Sprinkled with scents of the tropics and family friendly atmosphere, bask in the warmth of this local jewel and witness the brilliant light rays bounce across the infinity pool. The perfect way to relax and give thanks to the day that was.
4. Mount Archer National Park
If magnificent views of Rockhampton aren’t enough to make endorphins flow throughout your body, treat yourself to a magical sunset on top of the world. Surrounded by local flora and fauna, and plenty of places to toast another day with your loved ones, Mt Archer on dusk is a glorious place for some romance recon.
Fulfil your dreams on board the 17m luxury catamaran to watch the sun set over our crystal-clear waters. The stunning natural colours of earth at dusk are the perfect backdrop for a romantic afternoon or quality time with family and friends. As you depart Keppel Bay Marina with Funtastic Cruises, revel in a tasty cheese platter and feel like a superstar as you sail the Keppels in total comfort.
6. River Cruise CQ
Picture this…kicking back, champagne in hand, cruising up the mighty Fitzroy, and indulging in a delightful cheese platter. I’m sold! A sunset cruise on River Cruise CQ’s Fitzroy 1 is the perfect way to experience the city of Rockhampton, learn about the historic landmarks and wildlife, while watching sunset rays dance along the water.
With 360-degree views of the Capricorn Coast and Keppel Bay, you would be crazy not to grab a bottle of vino, whip up a cheese platter and take some time to reflect on all thing’s life with a sunset show from Wreck Point Lookout. The warm hues of the Selina shipwreck will transport you into a timeless existence, ready for the protective blanket of night.
8. The Boathouse
The Rockhampton Riverbank is a stunning feature at any time of day but we recommend you grab yourself a panoramic waterfront seat at The Boathouse and settle in to watch the sun go down and the city come to life. Perfectly accompanied with the freshest seafood and seasonal produce, together with a modern and vivacious drinks list, this is a sunset spectacular at its best!