Capricorn Coast and Great Keppel Island Explorer 2019


A ‘Diamond Class’ opportunity to travel on Queensland’s innovative Tilt Train to the Capricorn Coast for a 5 night stay. Discover the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Great Keppel Island, Capricorn Caves and Koorana Crocodile Farm. Enjoy a theatre restaurant night out and a stay in Seventeen Seventy with an adventurous LARC sunset eco tour.

Duration Duration:

7 days

Price From From

$3,100pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

20th August 2019
8th September 2019

Location Departure Location:

Location Return Location:


QPCV Twin Share
SENIOR Twin Share
ADULT Twin Share
$600pp non-refundable

Plus $670

Itinerary (Brisbane - Brisbane)

Day 1    Sunday (L,AT,D) Brisbane - Yeppoon

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You will be greeted by your tour host at Brisbane’s Roma Street Station before boarding the innovative Tilt Train for an 11am departure. Settle into your Business Class reclinable seat as you are transported through some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Queensl nd. We have arranged for lunch and afternoon tea to be served to you at your seat today. Upon your arrival into Rockhampton at 6.45pm, you will be greeted by our coach captain behind the wheel of our ‘Diamond Class’ coach. We enjoy dinner in Rockhampton before making our way to Yeppoon where we will check-in to beachfront accommodation at approximately 9pm.

5 Night Stay: Ocean View Rooms at Salt, Yeppoon
**Please note: As accommodation is apartment style, there is no service to rooms during our stay.
**Please refer to pages 10/11 for QLD Rail information

Day 2    Monday (B,L,D) Great Keppel Island

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Today we cruise through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the largest heritage listed area in the world. On arrival our cruise crew will advise times for our glass bottom boat venture for a coral viewing and fish feeding tour. We then get some free time on the island, enjoying lunch overlooking the pristine waters off Great Keppel Island.

Day 3    Tuesday (B,L,D) Yeppoon

eco foodwine heritage

This morning we take a scenic drive along the Capricorn Coast breaking at Emu Park to visit the Singing Ship, a monument that commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook. We continue on to Koorana Crocodile Farm, home to over 3000 salt water crocodiles. Enjoy a fascinating insight and tour of a commercial crocodile farm, not your everyday tourism theme park. We return to our hotel mid afternoon to enjoy some free time downtown.

Day 4    Wednesday (B,L,D) Yeppoon - Rockhampton - Yeppoon

eco foodwine heritage

This morning we explore the unique Capricorn Caves for a 1-hour underground tour of Cathedral Cave. Follow your experienced guide into the brightly lit limestone cavern that contains rare ferns, massive tree roots, and some small bats. The high-domed Cathedral Cave is renowned for its acoustics and as a setting for special events. Near the finishing point of the tour, you can pass through the pioneer passage and walk across a suspended swinging bridge in the rain forest. From here we make our way to Rockhampton, taking a city sights tour before arriving at the Botanic Gardens and Zoo. Enjoy lunch followed by a guided tour of the gardens, finishing with a feeding tour of the zoo.

Day 5    Thursday (B,L,D) Yeppoon

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Disover untouched tropical rainforest of Byfield and board  the ‘Water Dance’ for a cruise down past the beautiful rainforest of Waterpark Creek. Witness an array of wildlife such as azure kingfishers, baby turtles and tortoises, eels, cormorants and the impressive water dragons. Our guide will help us spot the elusive Byfield Fern, native and unique to Byfield. We then board a safari bus for a firsthand look at the Tea Tree farm. Dive into the Tea Tree and smell the unique fragrance on your hands. After learning about the harvesting process, we head to the distillery to discover the oil extraction process and the many attributes of this great product. We enjoy lunch at Ferns Hideaway in Byfield Forest before returning to our hotel. Tonight, we get together for a dinner and show at Footlights Theatre Restaurant where we enjoy a top-class comedy variety show and three course dinner.

Day 6    Friday (B,L,D) Yeppoon - Seventeen Seventy

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This morning we leave the beautiful Capricorn Coast and slowly make our way south to arrive at Seventeen Seventy (formerly known as the Town of 1770), a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. As the second landing site of James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770, the area is rich in history, wildlife and natural beauty and offers scenic vistas in every direction. Upon arrival, we enjoy lunch poolside at our resort before we check-in. In the mid to late afternoon light, we board the LARC (an amphibious vessel), and as the sun approaches the horizon signalling the end of another beautiful day, we cross Round Hill Creek in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and travel along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park. Watch as the sky and sea transform into pastel hues and experience the peaceful solitude and changing moods of this tropical paradise.

1 Night Stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa

Day 7    Saturday (B,MT,L) Brisbane


Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa and take time to visit the Palace Backpackers Memorial. Back on the road our next stop is at the historic Hideaway Hotel in Tiaro where we enjoy a BBQ lunch in the beer garden before returning to Brisbane Transit Centre at approximately 4:30pm.

Tour Inclusions

  • One way Tilt Train rail journey from Brisbane to Rockhampton in Business Class seats
  • Opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach travel
  • 5 nights Yeppoon
  • Great Keppel Island day tour including glass bottom boat cruise and lunch
  • Koorana Crocodile Farm tour
  • Capricorn Coast scenic loop drive tour
  • Capricorn Caves Cathedral Cave tour
  • Rockhampton city tour
  • Guided Botanic Gardens tour and zoo feeding tour
  • Byfield Forest and Waterpark Creek eco tour
  • Tea tree plantation tour
  • Footlights Theatre Restaurant dinner and show
  • 1 night Seventeen Seventy
  • LARC sunset eco tour
  • Historic Childers
  • Hideaway Hotel at Tiaro
  • 19 meals
  • ‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner *standard beer, wine and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited*

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $600pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and rail components. Rail prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to change.
This price is subject to:
QPCV Queensland Aged Pensioner utilising 2 concession vouchers
SENIOR State issued Australian Government Seniors Card and/or Queensland Aged Pensioner with no concession vouchers left
ADULT Passengers 50+ with no valid concession cards

2 additional days (TOTAL 9 DAY TOUR)
• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
• Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
Plus $850pp Twin Share
Plus $1019 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

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Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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