Maxime and Julie spent some time on beautiful Great Keppel Island. In this article they are sharing what places you should not miss and have some helpful tips ready for you.
How to get to the island?
Great Keppel Island is just a few miles away from Rockhampton. The boat to the island leaves twice daily from Yeppoon at Rosebay Marina. A round trip costs 45 AUD. You can change the date of your return if you decide to stay shorter or longer. The journey takes about half an hour. With a bit of luck and in the rights season, you can watch humpback whales.
If you own a vehicle, you can park it safely and free of charge at the Rosella Bay Marina.
Places you must visit
You arrive by boat at Fisherman’s Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. We promise you that you will fall in love with the island from the first moment.
The island is perfect for exploring the underwater world – free and easy from the beach. After snorkelling, you can relax on one of the 17 beautiful beaches. We recommend Monkey Beach, from where you can observe turtles, rays, small sharks, and a multitude of colourful fish.
On the island, there are also great hiking trails, where you will come across wild goats, echidnas, and eagles.
For water sports fans: you find kayaks, jet skis, and paddle boards to rent all over the island. The prices are very affordable.
The best way to end the day is on Putney Beach, where the sunset is particularly beautiful. The setting sun behind the mountain shows a reddish reflection on the sea, which is pretty special.
Where to stay on the island?
There are several campsites on the island. We stayed at the Great Keppel Holiday Village and highly recommend it. You can rent a whole house, a cabin with two double beds, two cabins for four, or tents.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can rent a parking spot and set up your own tent there. Showers, toilets, kitchen, and snorkelling equipment are included in the price.
Tips & Advice
For those who want to spend more time on the island (at least two weeks), there is the possibility to work on this campsite for about 3 hours a day in exchange for a tent site. Contact the holiday village in advance. This way, you save money, meet nice people, and spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful island.
If you stay longer on the island, you should take some food supplies. Apart from a small kiosk, there is no supermarket on the island. However, there are two restaurants, a pizzeria and a small bar.
Written by Maxime and Julie