Great Keppel Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Guide to Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Find a new beach

With 17 beaches on Great Keppel Island, it’s possible to discover a new one every day. Roam the web of hiking tracks across the island's interior to evocatively named spots such as Wreck Beach, Red Beach, Clam Bay, Butterfish Bay and Monkey Beach. You might be the only one leaving footprints in the sand.

Rainbow lorikeets, Great Keppel Island, QLD © Tourism Australia

Meet the wildlife

Even from the island's main beaches it's possible to see dolphins cruising past in the water. From April to November, humpback whales migrate through Keppel Bay and you could spot them from the coast. Head inland and you might see blue-tongue lizards, possums, bright rainbow lorikeets and clouds of jewel-coloured butterflies.

Great Keppel Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Strike out on a hike

Those who like to ramble can explore the island via a network of bush tracks. Residents consider the unnamed walk up Mount Wyndham – the island's highest point – to be a highlight (most of the island's walking tracks do not have names; simply ask a local for directions). One of the most challenging hikes is the three-hour return Lighthouse Walk, from Fishermans Beach to the 2.5-metre (8-foot) high lighthouse on Bald Rock Point. 

Snorkelling, Great Keppel Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Discover another world underwater

Hire a snorkel set or bring your own to see the underwater marvels just off Great Keppel's beaches. Shelving Beach, Monkey Point and Clam Bay are among the island’s best snorkelling spots, where you can easily see fish, corals, turtles and starfish. There's also good snorkelling right off the main beaches. 

Freedom Fast Cats, Great Keppel Island, QLD © Freedom Fast Cats

Sign up for an "ocean spa"

Pressed for time and can only visit Great Keppel on a day trip? Head out from Rosslyn Bay near Yeppoon with Freedom Fast Cats, which offers an adventure cruise to Great Keppel four times a week. The best part is the boom-netting – also known as the ocean spa – in which you hang on tight to a net at the back of the boat and experience the thrill of being towed through the water.  

Great Keppel Island Hideaway, Great Keppel Island, QLD © Great Keppel Island Hideaway

Stay the night

While there are plans to build a major resort on Great Keppel, for now the accommodation options are more low-key. Stay in a beachfront cabin at Great Keppel Island Hideaway overlooking Putney Beach. At Svendsen's Beach, an eco-sensitive accommodation retreat on the island's quiet side, choose from a house, studio or luxury safari tents. You're sure to feel at home in the glamping tents, comfy cabins or stylish house of Great Keppel Island Holiday Village. It's all about barefoot enjoyment here; simply relax on the sand, or chat with the staff about a boat ride to some of the region's most colourful coral.

Kayaking, Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLD © Tourism Australia

Try out every kind of aquatic sport

Head to Keppel Water Sports on the island's main beach, Fishermans Beach, and see which of the aquatic activities on offer at the Bali-style hut takes your fancy. The company offers guided jetski tours, wakeboarding, tube rides and waterskiing. You can hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkel sets. Avid anglers will love fishing in Great Keppel's clear waters. Grab a rod and bait at the Keppel Lodge.

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