Yeppoon | CQ Towns & Places

Yeppoon | CQ Towns & Places


Located 40 kms northeast of Rockhampton City, and 20 kms north of Emu Park, Yeppoon is the largest town on the Capricorn Coast with approximately 10,000 people living in its boundaries.

Yeppoon facilities

Yeppoon has good representation from some national retailers, although they are generally smaller versions of what is available in Rockhampton. Examples are Big W, BCF, Supercheap, Bunnings, Coles, Woolworths, etc.

Approximately 60% of residents travel to Rockhampton each day for work. Also, given Rockhampton’s close proximity only 25 minutes away, there isn’t a great need for a large retail district on the Capricorn Coast, given it’s small population of around 25-30,000 people. That said, all of life’s essentials can be found in Yeppoon along with many specialty shops.

Main Beach features the Keppel Kraken, which is a children’s waterpark play area. Further down towards Ross Creek is the Yeppoon Lagoon, a man-made leisure area, extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.

Keppel Bay Sailing Club is a popular beachfront venue for meals, plus there are many quality restaurants and takeaways down James Street.


Yeppoon is the seat of local government for Livingstone Shire. The council is going through a process of reinvention since Livingstone Shire broke away from Rockhampton Region in 2014. As such, the ‘suburb boundaries’ and populations can and do vary from one source to the next.

Beyond Yeppoon, the greater Capricorn Coast region, which is located within Livingstone Shire, is also growing in general. This has been especially evident post-pandemic with many southerners moving to Central Queensland.

The effect of this growth means that several of Yeppoon’s nearby localities have expanded to the point of become land locked against each other, forming in essence ‘suburbia’.

As a result, at some future point, Livingstone’s re-invention will perhaps see the neighbouring localities become suburbs of Yeppoon. However, there has been some reticence among locals in the past, especially in more upmarket localities such as Lammermoor, Barlows Hill, and Pacific Heights.

For now though (March 2022), the town of Yeppoon is bounded in the south by the contiguous localities of Cooee Bay, Taranganba, Taroomball, and Hidden Valley, in the west by Barmaryee and Inverness, and north by Meikleville Hill, Barlows Hill, Pacific Heights and Farnborough.

Also for the time being, I will include some of the facilities of these adjoining ‘suburbs’ here on the Yeppoon page, as the surrounding localities may not warrant a page of their own yet.

Photo Gallery: Yeppoon ~ Farnborough Beach

If you enjoy this type of article, you can find more on the Central Queensland Places page. Feel free to leave any related comments at the end of this page.

Andrew Thompson, editor | historian

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