On a recent trip to Central Queensland, I already had a couple of brochures of places I wanted to visit but just in case there were more interesting places to see, I stopped at the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre
on the way to Yeppoon and my accommodation.
Room Filled with Beautiful Shells From All Over the World (Author's Photo)
The volunteers were helpful with a map and marked the places I had indicated I wanted to visit. To my delight, one of these places, Shell World Yeppoon
was in the same building as the Information Centre, so I did not have to travel far for this visit.
Numerous Display Cabinets with Shells (Author's Photo)
The Shell World Yeppoon houses over 20,000 shells from all around the World as well as coral, marine life, shell craft, books, donations and a gift store with shells, jewellery, trinkets and more for sale. The Shell World Yeppoon is an ongoing project of the Keppel Bay Shell Club Inc
., the latter of which was formed in 1962 by a group of shell enthusiasts.
Scallop from Western Australia & Japan (Author's Photo)
It was enjoyable to walk around from one display cabinet to another and read the description of each shell and where it was originally located. There are few beaches left in Australia where you can find shells, especially those that are intact and not broken, but I was pleased to see many on display had been found in Queensland and in places I have visited. Although I thought I had seen some of the shells before or those that looked similar, these were found in other parts of the world. The information supplied on the displays was easy to read and understand for the general public as well as those with scientific knowledge of molluscs
Thorny Oyster (Author's Photo)
I took an interest in the Thorny Oyster,
possibly because of its crazy and colourful appearance and read that it was located in the Gulf of Mexico. Gone are the days when you could head to the beach to have a bite to eat by collecting oysters from the rocks. Sadly, this is another childhood memory lost with the changes of time.
Marine Life (Author's Photo)
The Shell World Yeppoon is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Entry is through the Information Centre and a gold coin is required before entering. Volunteers are on hand to help you with any information you require and if you live in the area, the public is welcome to club meetings, which are held at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday of each month.
From the Reef (Author's Photo)
Shell World Yeppoon is located at Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Highway, Yeppoon.
Bus Tours and School Groups are most welcome and will find the displays very educational. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 4925 0085.