The second largest community on the Capricorn Coast, Emu Park is a majestic old seaside town.
Its rich history was born during the boom days of the early settlement of Rockhampton, and the subsequent discovery of gold at Mount Morgan.
Originally a private playground for the elite of Rockhampton society, Emu Park became accessible to the masses with the establishment of the Emu Park railway line in 1888.
Emu Park enjoyed huge investment of money and that immense wealth is still evident today, in the huge public spaces, most notably Bell Park, and the plentiful historic old buildings.
Just south of Emu Park on the northern banks of Coorooman Creek is the growing township of Zilzie.
Zilzie was established after World War 2, with former soldiers settling in the community. Zilzie is presently undergoing an explosion of growth with new housing developments centred on Zizie Bay and Seaspray Resort.
Accessing Emu Park
Emu Park is 40 kms east of Rockhampton City via Emu Park-Rockhampton Road, and 20 kms south of Yeppoon via the Scenic Highway or Western Bypass. Zilzie is accessed via the Hartley Street roundabout on Emu Park-Rockhampton Road.
By sea, Emu Park is 8kms north of Keppel Sands, or 35 kms by road. The two towns are separated by Coorooman Creek.
Emu Park has an airfield for light planes, and both Zilzie and Emu Park have boat ramp access. The Zilzie ramp affords direct access to Coorooman Creek. The popular fishing spot, The Timbers, near the mouth of Coorooman Creek is accessible by 4WD only.
Dozens of islands dot the unspoilt waters around Emu Park and Zilzie, and the northern end of town features two long promontories, Tanby Point and Rita Mada, the beaches of which are accessible via turnoffs on the Scenic Highway.
Photo Gallery: Emu Park ~ Coorooman Creek to Tanby Point
If you enjoy exploring, you can find additional places and towns to check out on the Central Queensland Places page.
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