Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capricorn Coast Visit Offers Plenty of History and Natural Beauty

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capricorn Coast Visit Offers Plenty of History and Natural Beauty

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Byline: Peet Els

VISITORS to Yeppoon will either turn left at the main roundabout into the quaint town of Yeppoon, or will head south on the Scenic Highway towards Kinka Beach and Emu Park, to the coastal scenery of Lammermoor and Kemp beaches, Rosslyn Bay Marina, the must-see picnic area and nature walks at Bluff Point and the Causeway lake.

It is fair to say that tourists could comfortably spend a whole day exploring the 8km stretch of road from the Yeppoon roundabout to the Causeway lake.

On taking the scenic route at the roundabout, visitors will cross the Henry Beak bridge across Ross Creek, and Fig Tree Creek. This area, with its surrounding parkland, the information centre and picnic areas under the large trees, is worth exploring.

A number of boats and trawlers are still moored permanently in the two creeks, the remnants of the sea scallop fishing industry based at Ross Creek in the sixties and early seventies, before Rosslyn Bay was established.

Ross Creek is the main ocean tributary of Yeppoon. Sandy at its mouth, Ross Creek becomes muddier on the other side of the bridge and is popular for mud crabs. The low lying land either side of Ross Creek fills at high tide, providing the perfect environment for mangroves to grow, which in turn give shelter to crustaceans, prawns, and fish. Ross Creek is also a famous breeding ground for colonies of flying foxes.

The mangroves provide a permanent home for black flying foxes which darken the skies of Yeppoon at sunset, as well as seasonal thousands of little red flying foxes.

The creek was named after the infamous original squatters to the area, the Ross family, with the son Robert reputed to have kidnapped and removed the original indigenous population of Great and North Keppel Islands after obtaining leases on the islands, and established first cattle and then sheep on the islands. Some historical reports mention the murdering of 84 indigenous people in a cave on one of the islands. …

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