We then move onto Yeppoon. Yet another town with so much recent development. $52 million was spent on the waterfront, building an enormous lagoon and waterfront facilities. It was a lovely setting to the beautiful beach and blue water backdrop.
We took a ferry out to Great Keppel Island to spend a day snorkelling the southern Barrier Reef. Brad had fond memories of going there as a kid and snorkelling the reef right off the beach front. Well, as memories often do, reality was one was quite different today. Where we are dropped off, where the restaurant and bar are, (resort has since closed down). The areas to snorkel, involved a one way 50 minute up hill / downhill mountain goat track walk in thongs. On the beach front, we disturbed a naturalist off in the distance, he quickly disappeared. This beach had the beautiful reef to snorkel, a few hundred meters from the sand. We sighted many, many fish and different varieties. We were lucky to swim with 4 tortoises. The coral had far less colour than the coral we had seen in the northern part of the Barrier Reef we snorkelled and dived a few weeks back.
Whist we waited for the return ferry, we enjoyed a nice beverage at the bar.
On our last day in Yeppon we saw the sights of the township, took a swim in the lagoon. Drove down to Emu Park, saw the Singing Ship Memorial and wondered through the very impressive Anzac Memorial Centograph. There were also people who looked like people visiting as we were.