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Emu Park, Queensland

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Just a scenic 20 kilometre drive along the coast from Yeppoon. Once an exclusive beach resort at the turn of the 20th century, Emu Park is an idyllic seaside village with plenty of character. Emu Park is home to the famous Singing Ship sculpture. Set against a spectacular coastal vista, the majestic monument commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook. A gentle sea breeze produces a musical sound through fluted pipes that will be long remembered. Just below the Singing Ship is a viewing deck and boardwalk that makes up part of the new Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk. The boardwalk hugs the coastline and features information on the First World War’s many major battles. At the lower end of the walk are several commemorative art installations and a gatehouse that honours locals who fought in WW1. Bell Park, located in the town’s centre, is a peaceful oasis perfect for enjoying a picnic or a kick of the footy. The park is home to several iconic events each year like ‘Oktoberfest’ and the ‘Festival of the Wind’, as well as monthly markets. Emu Park Main Beach is a calm beach with a surrounding grassy picnic area and large undercover playground. The beach is patrolled during peak times. Along the foreshore boasts a new playground at Kerr Park. The contemporary signature playground, complete with an attractive and unique shade structure and featuring a range of play equipment including an Alpha tower, double Flying Fox, all-abilities swing, a Galleon ship and other imaginative rides, was built to create an inviting space for the whole community. If you have a boat or just like to wet a line, nearby Coorooman Creek is a popular local fishing spot with a quality boat ramp and pontoon. From Emu Park, the ‘Scenic Tourist Drive’ (Scenic Hwy) heads back to Rockhampton, passing the turn-off to Koorana Crocodile Farm on the way. Koorana was the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland. Here you can tour the farm, hold a baby crocodile or tour guests can dine in the crocodile restaurant.