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Kemp Beach | Central Queensland Towns and Places

Kemp Beach

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Kemp Beach is located just south of Rosslyn Bay Marina, on the Scenic Highway that links Yeppoon and Emu Park.

Kemp is a popular spot for swimming, especially for people seeking deeper water and larger waves than the neighbouring flat beaches at Lammermoor and Mulambin. Fishing is also favourable on the northern end of the beach.

Kemp Beach is nestled between two large post-volcanic trachyte headlands; Double Head to the north, and Bluff Point to the south, both of which are part of the Capricorn Coast National Park.

Out in the bay, just a kilometre offshore, is a third trachyte hill, Bluff Rock (or Bluff Rock Reef).

The three dominating features, combined with the substantial if eroded dune between the beach and the road give the impression of solitude, and it's a very easy task to relax.

Kemp Beach's distance from the nearest town lights also makes it a great place for stargazing with friends at night.

Accessing Kemp Beach

Kemp Beach has five walking access points, plus plenty of parking, either in the car parking bays that line the highway or at the picnic area at the base of Bluff Point. Vehicles are not allowed on the beach.

Kemp Beach has no camping facilities. While it's fine to go there at night, the car parks are routinely policed in the evenings and illegal campers moved on.

Exploring Kemp Beach

At the south end of Kemp Beach is a picnic area and a very good walking trail over the top of Bluff Point. From the lookout, green turtles and dolphins are a common sight, and if you're lucky, the occasional dugong in the waters at the base of the cliff. The view of the surrounding coastline is well worth the climb. The bushwalk takes about thirty minutes. Note that while dogs are allowed on leash at the beach, they are not allowed in the picnic areas or walking trails of the National Park.

Just offshore is Bluff Rock which is a 10 minute paddle by kayak or canoe. Wear a life jacket as the current can run crazy on the incoming tide.

All the above info is provided as a guide, not the final word. Things change from time to time and it's always best to get current local knowledge.

Photo Gallery: Kemp Beach ~ Bluff Point ~ Bluff Rock Reef

Bluff Point
Looking north from Mulambin to Bluff Point
Bluff Point
Looking north from Mulambin to Bluff Point
Bluff Point
Bluff Point with Double Head in the distance
Bluff Point
Turtles on the rocks at Bluff Point
Bluff Point
Kayaking around Bluff Point
Bluff Point
Kayaking around Bluff Point
Kemp Beach Sunrise looking to Great Keppel
Kemp Beach sunrise over Great Keppel Island
Kemp Beach Sunrise over Bluff Rock
Kemp Beach sunrise over Bluff Rock
Kemp Beach Sunrise over Bluff Rock
Kemp Beach sunrise over Bluff Rock
Bluff Point
Paddling out from Kemp Beach to Bluff Rock
Looking south along Kemp Beach
Looking south along Kemp Beach
Looking north along Kemp Beach
Looking north along Kemp Beach
Looking south to Bluff Point from Kemp Beach
Looking south to Bluff Point from Kemp Beach
Looking south to Bluff Point from Kemp Beach
Looking south to Bluff Point from Kemp Beach
Getting ready for a paddle at Kemp Beach
Getting ready for a paddle at Kemp Beach
Circumnavigating Bluff Rock
Circumnavigating Bluff Rock
Looking northeast to mainland from Bluff Rock
Looking northeast to mainland from Bluff Rock
Looking west to Kemp Beach from Bluff Rock
Looking west to Kemp Beach from Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock
Caves eroded into the base of Bluff Rock

If you enjoy exploring, you can find additional places and towns to check out on the Central Queensland Places page.

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Have a brilliant day,

Andrew Thompson.



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