Forget expensive hide-aways, out-of-the-way retreats and unmentionable boredom. Just think Capricorn Coast.

On the Capricorn Coast there are rainforest retreats which are close to creature comforts. There are hide-aways which are wealthy in their solitude but not in their price tag.

And then there's the ocean. And when you can say g'day to the ocean you can say goodbye to boredom.

The main town on the Capricorn Coast is Yeppoon, which provides a great base to head out from each day to enjoy the delights of the coastal area.

Rydges Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon provides world-class accommodation in a magnificent setting. The resort provides a range of accommodation, from V.I.P. to family. While at the resort, it's well worth your while to take part in the many activities which are available, including two international standard golf courses. The resort itself is set among some of the most awe-inspiring bush and wetlands in Australia, adjacent to 22km of untouched sandy beach.

To the north is Byfield state forest which is crisscrossed by creeks and streams with colourful names and which contain some excellent examples of Australian flora and fauna - including the elusive and rare Byfield Fern.

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Tucked away in the forest are several delightful places to visit. First are the picnic areas such as Stoney Creek, Waterpark Creek and Red Rock where you can cool off in the heat of the day by plunging into some of this country's most refreshing billabongs.

One of the best ways to get close to Australia's native animals is to visit Cooberrie Park. Here you can hand-feed free ranging kangaroos and wallabies. Deer, dingos, emus and more are on show in a beautiful bushland and rainforest environment. There is a swimming pool and shaded picnic areas for family entertainment.

Not all our local creatures are cute and cuddly, though, and for a close-up look you can visit one of Queensland's premier attractions - Koorana Crockodile Farm.

Informative and interesting tours of the farm will give visitors an insight into these magnificent and deadly creatures which grace some of Australia's tropical waterways. The farm's restaurant also does a mean line in crocodile kebabs!

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