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.
Following the public health regulations issued by Queensland Government, we have unfortunately seen many local celebrations cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the second half of 2020 is ramping up again for the event scene, ensuring our social calendars are jam-packed with festivity.
With events and festivals a sure-fire way to attract people back to experience our incredible destination and support our hospitality, retail and tourism sectors, organisers are dusting off their planners and locking in dates to get our community out of confinement and back in the public eye.
Hosted by local club-based Fitzroy Frogs Triathlon, the 2020 GKI Trail Run/Hike is an opportunity to discover the beauty of this 1454ha gem like never before. The event course traverses all corners of the island and for those doing the full 27km, includes eight beaches, sand dunes, woodland trails, spectacular lookouts and rocky outcrops. Lesser distances of 10, 15 or 20km are also available. Registrations are now open.
CQ University Village Festival – Blues, Burgers, Beers and Bubbles – 7th August
Enjoy an evening of brilliant blues music, while you kick back with all things good starting with the letter B. Bringing Yeppoon Town Hall to life, this event hosted by the CQ University Village Festival is not to be missed. Can’t make it? Due to popular demand, this event will be streamed live! Tickets on sale now.
Swim around Keppel – Saturday 15th August
Join us for Australia’s only tropical island swimming marathon and be one of the first to swim around beautiful Great Keppel Island. The 20km open water swim is held in a place like no other and can be undertaken on your own, or as part of a team relay. Swim Around Keppel offers a category to suit your swimming experience. Register today.
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival – 24th – 27th September
The eight annual Capricorn Food and Wine Festival will showcase the best on offer from our region. Bringing together some of the region’s best culinary talent, winemakers, craft brewers, spirit producers and personalities to educate and excite palates, this event will cultivate the Rockhampton community in style. With a stellar line up of signature events, this is one event you will not want to miss! Tickets on sale now.
Fitzroy River Barra Bash – 7th – 9th October
In its third year, the Frenchville Sports Club is proud to bring you the bigger and better Fitzroy River Barra Bash in Rockhampton. Kicking off from Wednesday 7th October, this competition is great for keen anglers’ lure fishing for Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon with over $20,000 in cash and prizes. The 2020 Barra Bash offers everyone the opportunity to participate in an array of events including the all new Recovery Session at the Frenchville Sports Club which includes a boat giveaway! Register today.
Yeppoon Running Festival – Sunday 18th October
2020 marks the 4th year of the Yeppoon Running Festival. Each year, more than 700 runners take on the scenic routes of the Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and 1.6km Family Fun Run. Run alongside Yeppoon Main Beach and our beautiful Capricorn Coastline. The looped course ensures a supporter and family friendly race with many attractions along the way to keep you entertained. Enter now at www.yrf.com.au.
Rockhampton Jockey Club Feature Race Days
And they’re off and racing! Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park is set to come to live once again with events such as Caulfield Cup, Breeders Plate, Tatts Sprint and more back on the racing calendar. So dress up, show up and giddy up to watch your galliant galloper bring home the win. Keep up to date with your favourite occasions at www.callaghanpark.com.au.
Opera in the Caves – 6th – 8th November
The Underground Opera Company presents Opera in the Caves at the atmospheric and acoustically sensational Capricorn Caves. Witness some of the country’s finest opera performers sing in one of Rockhampton’s most stunning natural tourist attractions – the Cathedral Cave. Tickets are on sale now.
Country on Keppel – 13th – 15th November
Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Keppel Konnections is pleased to welcome country music back to Keppel for the second ever, Country on Keppel. Over three massive days, this family friendly event will have you boot-scooting and enjoying live music while capturing the full beauty of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Tickets are on sale and kids under 17 are free! Secure yours today.
Darryl Braithwaite on Keppel – 21st November
Aussie rock legend, Darryl Braithwaite is set to return to Great Keppel Island for an epic Saturday of live music. With a fantastic line up of sweet tunes from 3pm, you are invited to sit back, kick off your shoes and dance the night away to Braithwaite’s greatest hits. Tickets are limited so book now to secure your spot right on the beach with beautiful island views.
Capricorn Coast Writers Festival – 11th – 13th June 2021
Where curiosity meets inspiration…Plans for the Capricorn Coast Writers Festival 2021 are coming together, with new authors signed, new venues secured and big announcements for the Festival happening soon! Click here to subscribe to the CCWF newsletter and stay up to date with the latest news and events. Also check out the line up of workshops scheduled for the remainder of 2020.