Introducing Capricorn Coast & the Southern Reef Islands
The Capricorn Coast boasts the kind of islands people drool over in office daydreams – white-sand beaches; seas like turquoise tapestries, flecked with aquamarine, emerald and cerulean; and some of the best diving and snorkelling on the entire Great Barrier Reef. Named because it straddles the tropic of Capricorn (you’ll find latitude 23º 5´ in Australia’s brash beef-farming and bull-riding capital, Rockhampton), away from the coast the fertile hinterland offers rugged national parks and Queensland’s best fossicking sites for gemstones, particularly sapphires.
NOTE: In some editions of our Australia guidebooks, the wrong number appears for Scooteroo in the Capricorn Coast. The correct number is 07-4974 7697.