Sandy Bay aerial view photo
Sandy Bay
Rockhampton and Great Keppel Island

The Capricorn Coast is home to Rockhampton and Great Keppel Island, where the bush meets beaches and is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Queensland coastline. Visit ‘Rocky’, Australia’s beef capital located on the Fitzroy River in Central Queensland, then explore the remote islands of the Keppel Group.


Flight deals

Reasons to fly with Qantas

Food and drink icon

Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.

Inflight dining
Baggage icon

Baggage included in every fare

Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

Wi-Fi icon

Extensive network

We’ve introduced flights to more than 65 destinations across Australia and New Zealand to take you on that regional or Tasman break you’ve been planning.

Domestic Network
Fly Flex calendar icon

Book with confidence

We know plans change, so we've introduced further flexibility on eligible Qantas operated flights. Booking and travel dates apply.

Fly Flexible

Places to stay

The Queensland architecture, grand sandstone pubs and gold rush era influence can be seen through the styles of accommodation in Rockhampton. Stunning boutique hotels and motels are centrally located in town, not far from the railway station, restaurants and shopping mall. Overlooking the Fiztroy River is a range of modern hotels and apartments to call home during your stay.

If you’re on a camping holiday, with family or a group, there’s a range of campsites and holiday parks to rest in while you’re in town, some with views of majestic Mount Archer. If you’re passing through on your way to Great Keppel Island, opt for one of the one bedroom villas or comfortable bed and breakfast options, a short distance to the Kepple Bay Marina.

For those that prefer a farm-stay, unwind at a farm retreat and take a tour of a working cattle property, or book a cabin near The Caves to experience a tranquil bush retreat. Wherever you stay be sure dine at one of the local restaurants for a delicious steak - after all this is the ‘beef capital’ of Australia.

Things to do

Attractions in this region range from the informative to the adventurous, and from the mainland to the deep sea. They include the Rocky Arcade Markets held every Sunday, the Mount Archer Lookout, the Gardens Tearooms, Capricorn Caves, Byfield National Park, Cooper Downs Cattle Station, Blackwater BHP Coal Mine and the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

With a warm climate and over 300 days of sunshine each year, Rockhampton is a city with plenty of outdoor activities on offer. You can fish for barramundi, explore the botanic gardens or feel the dust at a cattle show. Kids and nature lovers will love the Rockhampton Zoo, Koorana Crocodile Farm and watching the wildlife such as birds, dolphins or whales at play on Great Keppel Island.

Originally a port city, Rockhampton is renowned for its charming streetscapes and historical architecture. You can see examples of this history at St Joseph’s Cathedral, the Post Office and Customs House.


Where to go

See more islands to visit in the Keppel groupOpens external site in a new window Great Kepple Island view out to water

Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area along the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland. It lays 15 kilometres off the coast off Yeppoon and is the largest of the eighteen islands in the Keppel Group.

Home to 90 species of birds, dolphins and whales, it’s a divers and snorkelers paradise. In the pristine aqua waters you can visit 40 dive locations and see tropical fish, hard and soft coral, friendly turtles, sea snakes, dolphins and giant manta rays.

See more islands to visit in the Keppel groupOpens external site in a new window
Car hire information Woman in car

Getting around

From the airport: Rockhampton Airport is located only 10 minutes' drive from the city centre. Book a taxi , hire a car or organise a shuttle to get you to the city centre.

To the Islands: Great Keppel Island is a half hour ferry ride from Yeppoon, 30 kilometres north-east of Rockhampton. Rockhampton is a major transport hub, with plane, bus and Tilt Train connections to Brisbane and other cities. Alternatively contact your accommodation provider for transfers to the islands.

Car hire information

Related destinations

Search flights


Important information

^ Members will earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 value when booking offers at  Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. To earn Qantas Points, quote your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number when booking. The ability to use Points Plus Pay is subject to meeting the minimum points requirement of 5,000 Qantas Points. Qantas Points cannot be split between two or more members occupying the same room. Some accommodation providers may not allow you to combine this offer with any other offer. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to redeem points for, or earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Qantas Points cannot be earned on Classic Hotel Rewards. A Classic Hotel Reward must be booked using Qantas Points only.

View full terms and conditions for earning Qantas Points with Qantas Hotels. 

Disclaimer:  This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 30 April 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 30 April 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 31 December 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.

Disclaimer: + The number of Australian destinations is correct as at 7 May 2021, but is subject to change. Before booking and departure, ensure you check the latest Australian domestic travel requirements and/or international travel requirements, which may include mandatory health declarations, vaccinations, COVID-19 tests, use of face masks, entry permits, pre-approval and quarantine (possibly at your own expense), or you could be denied entry. All travellers are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to enter Australia prior to booking. All passengers aged 12 years and older on Qantas international flights will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccineOpens external site in a new window (some exceptions apply). Passengers will also be required to return a negative PCR COVID test taken no later than three days prior to departure.