Great Keppel Island is one of those places that is forgotten and passed by in people’s travels. The island sits among a group of Great Barrier Reef National Park islands off the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland. It lies 15 kilometres across Keppel Bay from the town of Yeppoon (a 30-minute ferry ride) and is 45 kilometres from Rockhampton, the closest major city – halfway between Fraser Island in Hervey Bay and the Whitsunday Islands near Airlie Beach.
The Keppel Island Group consists of 14 islands, with Great Keppel Island being the largest (43 kilometres in circumference; approximately 3,500 acres). The majority of the other islands are National Parks, some available for camping with a required camping permit. Due to the central location of Great Keppel Island, we enjoy a warm, sunny climate and safe swimming beaches year-round.
Visitors to the island step ashore to unspoilt bushland surrounded by 17 pristine, white sand beaches, private coves, and pockets of fringing reef, excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Ninety percent of the island is bushland with many bushwalking tracks to explore the interior and have access to secluded beaches. There are enough activities to keep you busy or choose to simply relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the bushland and beaches away from the main activity of Fisherman’s Beach.
Dolphins are often seen close to the main beaches during winter months and the occasional whale makes an appearance in the bay on their yearly migrations. Brush tail possums are numerous, as well as blue-tongue lizards and goannas. Birdlife is varied with white-breasted sea eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys, pied oystercatchers, beach curlews, honeyeaters, rainbow bee-eaters, pheasant coucals, friarbirds, and of course, the lovely and ever noisy crows, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets – guaranteed to wake you up in the morning!