Australian Nationals - Yeppoon

28th December 2021 - 3rd January 2022 - Yeppoon, Queensland

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PROGRAM

Date On Water Off Water
Tuesday 28th December 2021 Invitation Race - 3pm Welcome Night
Wednesday 29th December 2021 Races 1 & 2 = 1pm  
Thursday 30th December 2021 Races 3 & 4 - 1pm Proposed twilight boat cruise
Friday 31st December 2021 Races 5 & 6 - 1pm New Years Eve Party
Saturday 1st January 2022 Layday Proposed snorkel trip or Great keppel Island day trips
Sunday 2nd January 2022 Races 7 & 8 - 1pm AGM - Before Sailing
Monday 3rd January 2023 Races 9 & 10 - 12pm Presentation Night

 NOTICE OF RACE - COMING SOON

 

 

ABOUT KEPPEL BAY SAILING CLUB

 

Keppel Bay Sailing Club is located centrally in Yeppoon on the edge of Keppel Bay. 

The club is renowned for running world class regattas, Ask any Sharpie sailor about their experiences there and you will need to know no more. Rge air temperature and water are both warm. The water is super clear and in summer you can expect good sea breezes. 

Keppel Bay Sailing Club offers Central Queensland four great venues to eat, drink and play plus training and sailing facilities for members to enjoy. 

Where would you rather be… Keppel Bay Sailing Club invites you to enjoy fantastic views of Keppel Bay and the islands, while relaxing in modern, air-conditioned facilities and enjoy affordable dining excellence.

There are three amazing venues situated in Yeppoon and one in Emu Park. The Clubhouse is located right beside the beach and the view is maximised with windows spanning the full length of the eastern side of the Clubhouse, while on the Deck, the north-eastern corner of the building offers a sea-side alfresco environment. Try the popular Beach Club Cafe, located downstairs at the Clubhouse.

The Spinnaker building is located diagonally opposite the Clubhouse and offers modern dining and gaming facilities with an extensive gaming lounge, kids entertainment room and the magnificent Spinnaker deck overlooking the Keppel islands.

Krackers Bar and Grill is located on the western side of Yeppoon in Bowls Street. It offers modern club facilities with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy their private and spacious gaming room, pool table, bar and lunch and dinner menu.

Club Emu Park is located near the beach in Emu Park and offers casual dining, gaming and bar facilities plus social bowls.

Feel free to contact the club for ay questions you may have leading up to or during the event

Anzac Parade
Yeppoon Queensland 4703
Reception 07 4939 9500
Sailing 07 4939 9542

 

ABOUT YEPPOON

 

Yeppoon is situated 38 kilometres north east of Rockhampton, and is the gateway to Great Keppel Island and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Meander down Yeppoon’s main street or stroll the esplanade to browse beach-chic boutiques and surf stores and keep an eye out for one of the many new street art murals adorning local walls.

The Capricorn Coast also delivers with ease when it comes to sourcing a fine feed with specialty produce like premium, export quality beef, seafood, and tropical produce. There is a wide range of restaurants, cafés and clubs catering to all tastes and budgets.

Families are well catered for in Yeppoon, with the foreshore also boasting the fantastic ’Keppel Kraken’ zero-depth water park, open daily with lots of fun and free activities for the kids on those hot sunny days. The new lagoon pool at the southern end of Yeppoon Main Beach also has a children’s play area and dining areas.

Spend days immersing yourself in the ocean, sailing at sunset, swimming, and snorkelling, lazing on the beach and spotting turtles.

Then head into bushland where you can meet native animals, kayak creeks and explore the jungle.

Feast on top-notch seafood, sip on fine wines, nibble mouth-watering cakes and enjoy the cafe culture. 

Yeppoon is a unique blend of experiences, perfectly set-off by the wonderful locals who call it home. 

 

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THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND YEPPOON

 

Yeppoon Lagoon

The Yeppoon Lagoon is the jewel in the crown of the Yeppoon foreshore precinct. The 2500 square-metre resort-style lagoon pool is located right on the beachfront and includes a shallow children’s play area, an informal lap swimming area and a swim-up infinity edge with stunning views over the Keppel Islands.

The surrounding parklands include barbecues and shades areas great for picnics or a relaxing way to while away an afternoon with stunning views under the tropical foliage.

Entry to the Lagoon is free and is patrolled Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays.

The Yeppoon Lagoon is located right in the heart of Yeppoon and just minutes from luxury beachfront accommodation, gourmet dining and a thriving retail precinct, so why not come and experience all the Capricorn Coast has to offer

Keppel Kraken

Taking pride of place on the Yeppoon Foreshore, the Keppel Kraken is a water play feature quite unlike any other. With a mythical sea creature centrepiece and set against the spectacular backdrop of Keppel Bay, Yeppoon’s newest tourist attraction is the perfect place to soak up some sunshine on the beautiful Capricorn Coast.

Featuring a host of interactive elements including water cannons, jets and a unique umbrella bucket – the only one of its kind in Queensland – the Keppel Kraken is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Timber decks and custom made picnic tables are the perfect place for mum and dad to enjoy a summer barbecue while the kids make the most of the play area, including five spectacular sea creature sculptures that have to be seen to be believed!

The Keppel Kraken is located right in the heart of Yeppoon and just minutes from luxury beach front accommodation, gourmet dining and a thriving retail precinct, so why not come and experience all the Capricorn Coast has to offer

Sunset Sail with Sail Capricornia

limb aboard Grace, a stunning catamaran owned by locals, Anthony and Vicki of Sail Capricornia. Set sail toward the sunset, wind in your hair, wine in your hand. Spot dolphins feeding and soak in the golden glow of the warm afternoon sun as it sets for the day. Then, if you’re lucky, turn around and watch the moon rise behind you. It’s a fantastic way to see the area from a different angle and have a truly memorable experience in Yeppoon.

Great Keppel Island

There are so many things to do on Great Keppel Island, home to over 3500 acres of land to explore, 17 beaches to uncover, and rich with animal friends and Australian flora. Acquaint yourself with any one of the 17 sandy island exteriors, walking lengths of expansive beaches or slowing down with a book on just one.

The main beaches – closest to the resorts – are Putney Beach and Fisherman’s Beach. For those seeking a little more seclusion, Long Beach on the southern side of the island has ranked in the top 20 of Australia’s 101 Best Beaches.

At one end of this unique 2km stretch of pristine sands are ancient Aboriginal shell middens left by the Woppaburra peoples, the traditional owners of the Keppel Island Group. Great Keppel island is steeped in traditional history, with plenty to discover and learn on your journey, from cultural meeting grounds to plants like the soap tree, used as a fish poison for over 1000 years.

While exploring the waters, snorkelling the Southern Great Barrier Reef is a must. The water is warm and encounters with turtles and dolphins are frequent for visitors. There are plenty of private bays with pockets of fringing reef around the island that are a perfect spot to snorkel or dive. Keppel is lucky to boast some of the healthiest reef around, with many reefs boasting 95-100% healthy coral coverage. As a continental island, Great Keppel Island is lucky to have reef within reach, simply walk off the beach and explore remarkable diverse coral species, with a mixture of both soft and hard corals in impressive colours.

Keen anglers can fish off the beach or join a day’s charter. Good fishing spots include the headland near Putney’s Beach and near the mouth of Leeke’s Creek. The resort can advise on fishing zones and green zones.

Abundant with walking trails and tracks there are plenty of things to do on Great Keppel Island by foot. With no roads or cars within cooee and no need for a 4WD, there’s no better excuse to hit the pathways and commune with nature. Gentle hikes lead to picnic spots and uncover lookouts with incredible views of the Capricorn Coast.

While hiking, keep alert for island wildlife, including goannas and blue tongue lizards which are frequently spotted amidst the bush. At night, look out for brush-tail possums along the paths to your stay.

Close your eyes and invite your other senses to explore the surrounds. Great Keppel Island is a fond spot for birdwatches, with over 90 species of birds. Be still awhile and listen for their calls, each unique and beautiful. Cross any number of feathered friends like sea eagles, ospreys, curlews, honey eaters, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets.

Freedom Fast Cat 

Freedom Fast Cats takes you through the spectacular Keppel Bay Islands; located at Southern Great Barrier Reef near the Tropic of Capricorn, and boasting some of the most pristine beaches, and unspoilt habitats the reef has to offer.

Join the experienced crew for a memorable day exploring the Keppel Bay Islands. They have a range of different cruising options to suit all ages. If you like a more laid back pace, sit back relax and soak up the scenery as you cruise the coves and beaches. For the more adventurous type they have glass bottom boat cruises, snorkelling and the famous boom-netting.

Keppel Konnections

Keppel Konnections ferry service operates between Keppel Bay Marina (located within Rosslyn Bay Harbour, accessible via Yeppoon) and Great Keppel Island multiple times daily.

Located at the Red Jetty, just in front of the Waterline Restaurant, with both Konnection ferries, Callipo and Spirit of Keppel, complete with Hula Girl tropical logos – you can’t miss them. Check in is at the little green shed at the top of the first ramp, you do not need to print anything, your ticket will be printed on the day. Once you arrive at the island, if you’re staying with an accommodation house, they will meet you on the beach to greet you with their relevant modes of transport.

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time for check in.
Bookings are required.

Keppel Explorer

The Keppel Explorer is the most comprehensive, small group scenic boat tour island hopping around The Keppel Islands. Their tours offer a balanced blend of time exploring or relaxing on the islands and cruising to secluded beaches, swim and snorkel locations where no other tourists can go on day tour.

They offer the only full day tour to see North and South Keppel Islands and also the only half day tour of Great Keppel Island.

With up to 10 island locations and over 30 secluded beaches surrounded by fringing coral reef, travellers will see more, experience more, explore more than any other tour in their fast and fun 12 seat, sightseeing RIB.

Beaches Restaurant

Located just metres from the sands of Kemp Beach and Keppel Bay Marina, Beaches Restaurant is renowned for consistently serving some of the freshest seafood and best premium beef in the region. With a roof top patio bar, indoor and alfresco dining options, Beaches is at the forefront of Yeppoon Restaurants. We also have a Mario’s Sizzling Parrilla at Beaches every Sunday, bookings essential.

Beaches Restaurant serves seasonal, organic produce grown at their local High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm.

The Waterline Restaurant

The Waterline Restaurant, situated on the water’s edge of the magnificent Keppel Bay Marina, a hub of marine tourism, encourages you to immerse yourself in uninterrupted views of marine leisure, the Keppel Islands, friendly hospitality and multi-award-winning cuisine.

Offering the quintessential Capricorn Coast and Southern Great Barrier Reef dining experience; The Waterline Restaurant features the best local beef and seafood, with a highlight on a paddock to plate experience through exclusive service of award-winning Banana Station Beef; from alfresco landscaped gardens and deck.

Indulge yourself in a dining experience to write home about, just ten minutes from Yeppoon.

Capricorn Caves

Step back in time, hundreds of millions of years ago and discover an ancient world. From the outside, the Capricorn Caves seem pretty low-key, but step inside and you’ll learn an incredible amount about the history of the earth. Explore huge caves and winding passageways, learn about the coral reefs and jungle that once stood where you are and marvel at fossils.

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

At Cooberrie Park, you can cuddle a Koala, hold a Crocodile, Snake or Lizard, play with Birds, interact with playful Monkeys and hand feed Kangaroos!

Located just just 28 minutes from Rockhampton and 15 minutes from Yeppoon Beach.

During the daily animal show at 1pm, all visitors are able to hold a Snake, Lizards, Sugar Glider, Parrots and pat the Koala for photos, all included with admission!

Animal encounters include Koala Holdings, Monkey Experiences, Macaw Holding, Crocodile Holding, Junior Zoo Keeper Program and VIP Reptile Experiences!

Swimming pool, paddling pool and barbecue facilities are all included with admission!

They receive no government funding and rely solely on admission and donations.

Cooberrie Park is the only Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Queensland that takes care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; the animals appreciate your support.

Koorana Crocodile Farm

Koorana Crocodile Farm is a commercially operated crocodile farm and restaurant located half an hour drive from Rockhampton or Yeppoon.

Gates open at 10am and fully guided tours are conducted daily at 10.30am and 1pm with lunch being served in the restaurant between 12pm to 1pm.

Crocodiles hatching can be seen from March to May. Koorana has approximately 5000 crocodiles. Last entry to farm is 2pm and gates close at 3pm.

The restaurant serves crocodile meat dishes as well as standard meals. Crocodile skin and crocodile leather products are available including wallets, belts and clothing. Most crocodile leather accessories are Australian made and are sold at farm gate prices with Cites permits for export. Visitors have the opportunity to touch and hold a specially trained crocodile at no charge as part of their entrance price. There is no charge for photography and part of the entrance price also.

Also offered for group bookings or social functions are Spotlight Dinner Tours – minimum of 20 customers. These nights can tailored with 3, 4, or 5 course meal packages.

Byfield National Park 

Outstanding coastal scenery, massive sand dunes, rugged pinnacles and remote camping opportunities are highlights of a visit to Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park. In Byfield State Forest, picturesque recreation areas are surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads. The area supports

Massive parabolic sand dunes (the oldest reaching more than five kilometres inland) and rugged pinnacles feature in the national and conservation parks. Enjoy outstanding coastal scenery and explore coastal features along walking tracks ranging from easy to difficult. Spend some time fishing and birdwatching. Enjoy remote coastal camping opportunities, if you are well-prepared and self-sufficient. You need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the national and conservation parks.

In the state forest, pockets of rainforest thrive on the coastal range and along Water Park Creek along with an exotic pine plantation and native forest. Enjoy camping, picnicking, walking, four-wheel driving, boating and fishing in the State Forest, which is accessible by two-wheel drive, but caution is required as timber trucks share the forestry roads.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Driving - 

Adelaide to Yeppoon is 2253 km or two days drive via Broken Hill, Bourke and Roma

Gosford to Yeppoon is 1376 km or one days drive via Narrabri and Goondawindi.

Melbourne to Yeppoon is 2023km or two days drive via Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Narrabri and Goondawindi.

Warrnambool to Yeppoon is 2221km or two days drive via Echuca, Narrandera, Dubbo, Narrabri and Goondawindi.

 

Flying -

There are direct flights from Brisbane into Rockhampton which is located 40km inland from Yeppoon.

Indirect flights via the brisbane are available from all other major cities.

Adelaide to Rockhampton return starts from $525.00

Melbourne to Roxkhampton return starts from $465.00

Sydney to Rockhampton return starts from $465.00

 

Note travel assistance may be offered by IFAA

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

 

Keppel Bay Sailing Club is close to many excellent caravan parks, appartments, hotels, motels and resorts.

Accommodation Phone Price Type Dist. to Club
Beachside Caravan Park 0749399738 From $34 Caravan/Camping 1.6km
Beachfront Zilzie 0467583592 From $115 House 23.9km
Bayview Towers 0749394500 From $135 Apartments / Motel 800m
Beaches on Lammermoor 0749138300 From $235 Apartments 4km
Blue Dolphin Caravan Park 0749393140 From $30 (site), From $90 (cabin) Caravan/Cabins 900m
Byfield Cabins on Waterpark Creek 0455667766 POA Caravan/Cabins 43.2km
Byfield Creek Rainforest Retreat 0412887070 From $100 Cabins 37.9km
Cap Blue Apartments 0749849603 POA Apartments 3.4km
Castle Rock Farm   From $125 Cabins 40km
Causeway Caravan Park 0749336356 From $32 (site), From $75 (cabin) Caravan/Camping/Cabins 12.4km
Coolwaters Holiday Village 0749396102 from $34 (site) $125 (cabin) Caravan/Camping/Cabins 13km
Coral Inn Yeppoon 0749392925 From $99 Boutique Motel 2.4km
Driftwood Motel and Holiday Units 0743932446 From $120 Motel/Units 2.5km
Echelon Apartments Yeppoon 0749390900 From $220 Apartments 400m
Emus Beach Resort 0749396111 From $26 (dorm) Backpackers/Resort 19.8km
Endeavour Inn 0749396777 From $115 Motel/Unit 22.6km
Ferns Hideaway 0749351235 From $150 Cabins/Camping 42.9km
Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park 0749396202 From $31 (site), From $110 (cabin) Caravan/Camping/Cabins 20.4km
Getaways at Byfield 0749351212 From $170 Cabins 42.6km
Island View Caravan Park 0749396284 From $35 (site), From $100 (cabin) Caravan/Camping/Cabins 14.4km
Kinka Palms Beachfront Apartments 0749396437   Apartments/Motel 17.5km
L’Amor Apartments 0749336255 From $150 Apartments 3.9km
Maine Caravan Park 0749383099 POA Caravan Sites 1km
NRMA Capricorn Palms Holiday Village 0749336144 From $42(site), From $112 (cabin) Camping/Cabins 11.3km
Oshen Apartments Yeppoon 0749390700 From $149 Apartments 700m
Pine Beach Hotel Motel 0749396100   Motel/Unit 21.1km
Poinciana Tourist Park 0749391601 From $32.50 (site), From $75 (cabin) Caravan/Camping/Cabins 2.2km
Rainforest Ranch 0447555186 POA Self Contained Cabins 40.9km
Rosslyn Bay Resort & Wellness Retreat 0749336333 From $145 Apartment/Resort 9.5km
Sail Inn Motel 0749391130 From &125 Motel 850m
Salt Beachfront Yeppoon 0749252200 From $220 Apartments 500m
Seapray Units 0749391421 From $150 Units 1.6km
Shelly’s Beach House 0400725735 From $210 House 22km
Stranded Beach Stay 07 49383610 From $65-$135 Boutique Motel 500m
Sunlover Lodge 1800666445 From $120 Villa/Unit 16.9km
Surfside Motel 0749391272 From $130 Motel 450m
The Coast Motel 0749302325 From $135 Motel 2.8km
Villa Mar Colina 0749393177 From $210 Villa/Unit 800m
While Away Bed & Breakfast 0749395719 From $120 Bed& Breakfast 2.9km
Yeppoon Beach House 0749105264 From $85 Budget Accommodation 1.6km

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE OR AFTER THE EVENT

 

On the way to and from the regatta there are hundreds of options to suit all travellers.

Fraser Island is located halfway between  Yeppoon and Brisbane offering a chance to go 4 hel driving through the island's centre and along it's beautiful beach. A visit to Lake Mackenzie is a must where you can swim in crystal clear fresh water. You can then check out some of the amazing scenery along the east coast. Accommodation is available on the island and sailors have already found a place to leave their boats at Rainbow Beach while you are on the island.

Other options  include - 

Bundaberg for a bit of rum and ginger beer

Hervey Bay with access to Fraser Island

Tin Can Bay with access to Fraser Island

The sunshine coast including Noosa, Maloolaba and Maroochydore

A stop in Brisbane for some culture and shopping

The Gold Coast and theme parks