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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Yeppoon is 6,671, with a population density of 3.51 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Yeppoon is bounded by Adelaide Park Road, the localities of Inverness, Barlows Hill and Meikleville Hill, Farnborough Road and the locality of Farnborough in the north, the South Pacific Ocean in the east, Ross Creek, Tanby Road and Yeppoon Road in the south, and the railway line, Condon Drive and St Brendan’s College in the west.

Name origin

Yeppoon is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “thunder” or “the roar of the surf”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1865, with land used mainly for pineapple and sugar cane growing, cattle grazing and timber-getting. Gradual growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, aided by the establishment of the township in 1867, nearby mining, the opening of the road from Rockhampton in the 1870s, and the opening of the railway line in 1909. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, with growth slowing between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Yeppoon is an established township and resort area, with residential areas, and some commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Capricorn Coast National Park (Vallis Park Section), Yeppoon Golf Club, the Yeppoon Town Centre, Keppel Bay Plaza, Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre, Central Queensland University (Yeppoon Study Centre), Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon Main Beach, The Keppel Kraken (water play feature), Capricorn Coast Hospital, Shire Offices, Apex Park, Appleton Park, Beaman Park, Golf Links Park, Maurie Webb Park, Merv Anderson Park, Rotary Park, Stevenson Park, Swan Park, Ross Creek, Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail and numerous schools.