The quaint holiday village of Emu Park on the Capricorn Coast, just a hop skip and a jump away from Yeppoon, is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family. Originally earning the name Hewittville, after one of the three fisherman who stumbled upon what they deemed to be a gorgeous private beach spot, eventually became known as Emu Park, after the local mob of Emus that lived there, and the possibility that at the time, the coved foreshore appeared somewhat park like. Today, Emu Park offers holiday makers a quiet and peaceful coastal lifestyle, with some excellent holiday accommodation choices, holiday rentals, self catering apartments and rustic holiday homes right on the beach. Over looking Keppel Bay, Emu Park is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations along Capricorn Coast.
If you intend to find a holiday destination by the seaside, where the most exhausting thing you may have to do, is get up and refill your drink, and keep the sand off your beach towel, then Emu Park is the right place for you. Well known for its laid back approach to life and lazy beach bum ways, if you have the energy there are some brilliant fishing spots about, just near the main beach, and of course, the swimming. The inviting, crystal clear and sparkling azure waters, entice you to at least drag yourself away from your holiday accommodation or your towel on the beach and check it out, and you won’t be disappointed.
One of the most well known attractions in Emu Bay is The Singing Ship musical sculpture in Kele Park, located on the headland, just off the southerly point of the main Emu Park beach. An iconic dedication in the name of James Cook, who arrived in the area in the late 1700’s, and whom discovered and named Keppel Bay, The Singing Ship sculpture actually does sing.
And sing it does, almost constantly, because of the steady gentle sea breeze that wafts in from the bay that moves through the sculpture. Designed by a local, Mrs Westmoreland, who won a competition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Cook’s discovery of Australia, the inspirational landmark has quite an evocative effect on a beautiful summer’s day, when the pure white of the sculpture gleams quite majestically in the sparkling seashore sun.
The Emu Park Historical Museum is a must see for those who would like a break from all the beach front activity. Open 7 days a week, this fascinating journey through the history of the Capricorn Coastline is not to be missed.
Being so close to the Tropic of Capricorn, the weather along the Capricorn Coast is that of a humid, subtropical climate. Warm, sticky summer months, between October and March, bring daytime air temperatures of around 30 C/ 86 F and plenty of cloudbursts to cool the air down. Apart from the humidity, the climate is temperate and mild, with the air temperature being cooled down from the cool sea breeze that comes in from the coast. The winter months are much cooler, with less rain and of course humidity, with day time air temperatures averaging around 20 C/ 70 F. Most, if not all the holiday homes and holiday accommodation in Emu Park are complete with air-conditioning and climate control that will ensure your stay is a comfortable one.
Fly direct one anyone of the daily flights into Brisbane, from any of the international departure lounges, Qantas and Virgin Blue often have very good deals with connections as well. Catch a connecting flight into Gladstone International Airport, which is only a short 1 and half hour flight. Pick a rental car at the airport and get down to your Emu Beach holiday home, unpack and head out to the sands immediately and relax.