Tips For Exploring Great Keppel Island

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One of Queensland’s most underrated island getaways. Great Keppel Island has clear tropical waters, abundant wildlife and over 17 white sandy beaches to choose from. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay on Great Keppel Island, this blog will help you organise your trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Great Keppel Island.

Great Keppel Island is the largest of 8 islands in the Keppel Group located in Tropical North Queensland. Located at the tail end of the Southern Great Barrier Reef where you’ll find pristine, coral, and bright coloured fish. The island is often referred to by its traditional name Wop-pa given to it by the Woppaburra people, the islands traditional owners.

 

When to visit Great Keppel Island.

Winter and early spring are the best time to visit Great Keppel Island. You don’t want it to be too hot when you’re hiking. The water is also clearer in winter, and you can see all the whales migrating up the coast.

 

How to get to Great Keppel Island.

You’ll find Great Keppel Island along the Capricorn Coast in Queensland. Ferries travel to and from the island several times a day from Yeppoon at Keppel Bay Marina and Pier One on Roslyn Bay. Day tours also run from Rosslyn Bay for those who are short on time. The boat trip takes about 30 minutes.

 

Where to stay on Great Keppel Island.

With accommodation to suit all budgets there’ll be no problem finding somewhere to stay on Great Keppel Island. A cabin, hotel room or private beach house, take your pick. The two most popular accommodation providers are Great Keppel Island Holiday Village and Great Keppel Island Hideaway. Both are cheaper options, and close to the beach. We stayed at Great Keppel Island Holiday Village, and it was great: self-catering, friendly and inviting. Great Keppel Island Hideaway has a bar/bistro and has live music occasionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do on Great Keppel Island:

 

  • Walk the beach or snorkel the reef, your choices are endless. The best snorkelling spots are Shelving Beach, Monkey Beach, and Calm Bay. You’ll be amazed by the rich wildlife and coral on display. Keep your eyes peeled, you might even spot a dolphin, or an infamous dugong.

 

  • There are so many hikes to do, it’s best to grab a map when you arrive on the island. Be sure to walk around to Long Beach, stopping for dips along the way, take a stroll to the homestead or trek up to one of the many lookouts.

 

  • Sunbathe on the white sandy beaches. Pick one of the 17 beaches to chill out on, the two main beaches near the village, Fisherman and Putney Beach are perfect for a swim. Dolphins occasionally cruise by. Greak Keppel Island Holiday Village do have stand up paddle boards, kayaks, snorkels, and boogie boards for hire. A few of the best beaches on the island that are worth checking out: Long Beach, Monkey Beach, Wreck Beach and Leeke’s Beach.

 

  • Hop on a sunset sailing cruise with Great Keppel Island Cruises. You’ll cruise up past monkey point and back, taking in beautiful sunset across the water.

 

  • Scuba dive The Great Barrier Reef. A must do activity while on Great Keppel Island as you’re so close to the reef. The guys at Great Keppel Dive are great. They offer day trips from Keppel Bay Marina to popular hotspots on the reef known to be thriving with marine life. Keppel Explorer is another reputable company that offer snorkelling and diving tours.

 

  • If you’re visiting during whale migration season, Keppel Konnections half day tour will get you up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

 

  • Go for a bush walk. Great Keppel Island has many walks to choose from. One of our favourites being The Lighthouse Walk, which is known to be one of the hardest on the island, taking 3 hours to complete. The Lookout Trail is perfect for kids and families, taking an hour to do. Its aptly named so as it offers panoramic views from all corners of the island, 2.6km long and is a great one to do for sunset.

 

  • Take a glass bottom boat tour. Freedom Fast Cats are the crew to go with for a glass bottom boat tour. The guides are outgoing, knowledgeable, fun and insightful.

 

  • Sip coffee with a beautiful view. While everyone rushes off to the beach immediately, we headed to the Hideaway Bar and Bistro for a coffee, you can order something a little stronger if that takes your fancy too. Sit, relax, and take in the incredible views over the sparkling turquoise waters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Keppel Island is a must visit when exploring Queensland. An affordable island paradise with so much to see and do. If there’s anything else you’d like to know before visiting , don’t hesitate to get in contact.

One of Queensland’s most underrated island getaways. Great Keppel Island has clear tropical waters, abundant wildlife and over 17 white sandy beaches to choose from. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay on Great Keppel Island, this blog will help you organise your trip.
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