The Discovery coast region lies on the central Queensland coast and is a popular Australian holiday destination. Its southern extremity is located just south of the city of Bundaberg which is famous for its rum distillery and the coastal resort village of Bargara which is home to the turtle nesting rookery at Mon Repos beach. It encompasses the coastal towns of Agnes Water, 1770, Yeppoon and also the cities of Rockhampton and Gladstone. Off the coast lies the Capricorn section of the Great Barrier Reef which is generally considered by the diving fraternity to have the best diving on, and the clearest water along, the whole length of the reef system. Lady Musgrave Island is the destination for a day tour which originates from the town of 1770 and this tour visits the magnificent coral lagoon and coral cay. Heron Island is a little further north. It has a superb resort on the island and this as another coral cay where you can snorkel or dive right off the beach. It is accessed by ferry or helicopter from Gladstone.
Yeppoon is located just south of the Byfield National Park and it is also the jumping off point for the Keppel Isles that lie just offshore. They can be accessed by ferry from Rosslyn Bay boat harbour. The main resort on Great Keppel Island is in the process of being demolished to make way for a huge new resort complex. There are also some great resorts like the Rydges Capricorn golfing resort in the region. The Agnes Water and 1770 region are popular holiday destinations with excellent fishing and boating facilities. There are also some really interesting tours by amphibious larc vehicle to visit the local lighthouse and the mangrove and national park regions to the north of the town. Agnes Water beach is the northern most surfing beach on the east coast of Australia.
The Cities of Rockhampton and Gladstone are both industrial cities that have their own domestic airports and provide access to the region for visitors wanting to stay at the local resorts. Some of the attractions on the Discovery Coast are world standard and should be a part of your next Australian holiday.
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