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Yeppoon
Queensland
Yeppoon2011-15.JPG
Looking across Keppel Bay from Wreck Point
Population 18,543 (2015)
Postcode(s) 4703
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Location
  • 678 km (421 mi) NW of Brisbane
  • 42 km (26 mi) NE of Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 21 km (13 mi) NW of Emu Park
LGA(s) Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s) Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.9 °C
79 °F
18.5 °C
65 °F
824.9 mm
32.5 in
Localities around Yeppoon:
Pacific Heights
Inverness
Barlows Hill
Meikleville Hill
Farnborough
Barmaryee Yeppoon Coral Sea
Hidden Valley Taroom Ball
Taranganba
Cooee Bay

Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Yeppoon is renowned for its beaches, tropical climate, and the islands out on the bay. Twenty-five minutes from the city of Rockhampton, Yeppoon is the principal town on the Capricorn Coast, a string of seaside communities stretching more than 150 kilometres (93 mi) from north to south. The beaches and shallow coves provide a destination both for tourists and miners settling down in Central Queensland. Offshore, there are 27 islands including Great Keppel Island which is 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Yeppoon.

Geography

Yeppoon is located on Keppel Bay, around 700 kilometres (430 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane, and 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Rockhampton City. It is within the local government area of Shire of Livingstone (between 2008 and 2013, it was within the Rockhampton Region).

History

The Capricorn Coast was part of the traditional lands of the Darumbal Aboriginal people. Yeppoon was first settled by the Ross family in 1865 who took up large landholding along the length of the Capricorn Coast. Fruit crops, cattle, and wool were the major industries of the early town. A short-lived period of sugar cane growing followed from 1883 to 1903, which failed due to unseasonal rains and lack of financial backing. Along with other sugar growing areas of Australia, South Sea Islanders were used as labourers on the sugar plantations, often without their consent (see blackbirding). Pineapples, Mangoes, and other tropical fruit became the mainstay of local agriculture in the new century, with cattle grazing and fishing also contributing to the local economy.

On 20 February 2015, severe tropical cyclone Marcia crossed the Capricorn Coast near Shoalwater Bay as a category 5 Cyclone. The storm destroyed more than 150 houses in Yeppoon and left more than 13,500 residents without power.

Heritage listings

Yeppoon has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • James Street: Yeppoon railway station
  • Normanby Street: Yeppoon War Memorial
  • 29 Queen Street: Yeppoon State School building

Climate

The Capricorn Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa/Cwa).

Due to its location in the southern tropics, the Capricorn Coast experiences hot summers without the extreme humidity of Far North Queensland, and mild winters

Climate data for Yeppoon The Esplanade
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.6
(101.5)
34.0
(93.2)
39.1
(102.4)
31.8
(89.2)
29.1
(84.4)
29.2
(84.6)
29.4
(84.9)
30.1
(86.2)
34.4
(93.9)
36.6
(97.9)
38.4
(101.1)
40.5
(104.9)
40.5
(104.9)
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
(84.7)
29.2
(84.6)
28.3
(82.9)
26.6
(79.9)
24.1
(75.4)
21.9
(71.4)
21.4
(70.5)
22.1
(71.8)
24.4
(75.9)
26.1
(79)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
25.8
(78.4)
Average low °C (°F) 23.7
(74.7)
23.6
(74.5)
22.4
(72.3)
19.7
(67.5)
15.7
(60.3)
13.4
(56.1)
11.8
(53.2)
12.6
(54.7)
15.7
(60.3)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
22.7
(72.9)
18.5
(65.3)
Record low °C (°F) 12.5
(54.5)
15.2
(59.4)
10.4
(50.7)
10.2
(50.4)
4.9
(40.8)
2.7
(36.9)
-0.1
(31.8)
2.7
(36.9)
5.3
(41.5)
8.8
(47.8)
9.9
(49.8)
12.7
(54.9)
-0.1
(31.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 133.3
(5.248)
173.6
(6.835)
136.6
(5.378)
73.8
(2.906)
78.7
(3.098)
55.5
(2.185)
29.6
(1.165)
36.4
(1.433)
36.6
(1.441)
45.9
(1.807)
71.3
(2.807)
122.6
(4.827)
981.7
(38.65)
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

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