Great Keppel Island
Dead set. Great Keppel Island is as good as it gets.
It answers all of the “What do you look for on an island getaway” questions with ease: crystal blue waters, white sand, coral reefs and palm trees...tick, tick, tick and tick. But Great Keppel Island is a helluva lot more than an island to tick and flick off your destination list.
Great Keppel Island has arguably the best beaches of any Great Barrier Reef island, safe swimming and water temperatures that tempt at any time of year; but the real kicker is that if you wish, you can enjoy all of this in virtual isolation and be back on the mainland in a measly 30 minutes!
Accessible seclusion. On a magnificent island. On the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Does it get any better?
Actually when you are talking about Great Keppel Island it does. Snorkel, sail, swim, dive, bushwalk, explore or just park up and wallow in the stunning serenity. On Great Keppel Island you can choose your own adventure without constraints or crowds.
Approximately 240 hectares in size, the island is home to 17 pristine white-sand beaches and an interior brimming with native flora and fauna. Bushwalking tracks ranging in duration and difficulty disperse trekkers around the island to deserted beaches, or spectacular lookouts.
Staying on Great Keppel Island is a treat to treasure no matter what the weather.
From tents, cabins and bungalows, through to private beach houses skirting the water’s edge, there is plenty of options to choose from. Ferries depart every day to Great Keppel Island from Rosslyn Bay Harbour. A number of charters including full day cruises, sailing adventures and extended tour options are also available from Keppel Bay Marina.
Whether you opt to embrace this experience as a day trip, weekend or as an extended holiday, Great Keppel Island promises an easily obtainable escape from the pressures of every day to a world that feels far, far away.
Great Keppel Island is serviced by the Rockhampton Domestic Airport (ROK).
From the Rockhampton Airport guests can arrange transfers via Youngs Bus Service http://youngsbusservice.com.au; car rental (all major rental companies operate from the Rockhampton Airport), or private transfer.
These transfers will take you directly to Freedom Fast Cats or Keppel Konnections departure terminals, where ferries will transfers guests to Great Keppel Island in 30 minutes. Please ensure you allow yourself 2hrs from flight arrival to ferry departure time.
Great Keppel Island Hideaway offer airport transfer packages for their guests. Please contact them direct on 074939 2050 to arrange this.
Little Johnny’s Tours and Rentals - 0414 793 637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Class Limousines - 0417 221 777 www.bclimo.com.au
Rocky Cabs – 131008
Helicopter and Light Aircraft services are also available during daylight from Rockhampton Airport direct to Great Keppel Island.
By Helicopter - Heli-Central 0413 275 773 or www.heli-central.net
By Light Aircraft - Peace Aviation 07 4922 7055 or www.peaceaviation.com
Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast can be accessed via the Bruce Highway which covers the East coast of Queensland from Cairns to Brisbane. Dependant on conditions, driving time from Brisbane is approximately 9 hours north to Rockhampton/Yeppoon and 12 hours south from Cairns. Regular coach services also operate into Rockhampton.
From the Rockhampton Bus Depot guests can arrange transfers via Youngs Bus Service (view timetable here); car rental (all major rental companies operate from Rockhampton), or private transfer. These transfers will take you directly to Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina, where a connecting ferry will transfer guests to Great Keppel Island in 30 minutes. Please ensure you allow yourself 2hrs from coach arrival to ferry departure time.
Passengers driving to Yeppoon:
Freedom Fast Cats check-in is located: Pier One, John Howes Dr, Rosslyn QLD 4703
Keppel Konnections check-in is located: Keppel Bay Marina, Waterline Way, Yeppoon QLD 4703
Is there Secure Parking at Pier One or Keppel Bay Marina?
There is a well-lit regulated car park right beside both Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina departure terminals. Great Keppel Island Security Carpark is also available and offers courtesy pick-up and drop-offs to the ferry terminals 07 4933 6670.
Regular daily train services depart from Brisbane heading North and from Cairns and Townsville heading South. A Yeppoon Transit Coach service is available from Rockhampton Rail Station with launch connections from Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina to Great Keppel Island. For train timetables, contact your Travel Agent or Queensland Rail on +61 7 3235 1323 or view the timetable here. Private Transfers are also available from the Rockhampton Station.
Freedom Fast Cats and Keppel Konnections operate ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island at an additional cost. The ferry departure/arrival times are timed to give the best possible connection with most flights timetables can be found here for Keppel Konnections and Freedom Fast Cats. Prior to booking your flight, it is important to check with your Great Keppel Island accommodation or ferry operator to ensure your chosen flight is serviced by a connecting ferry.
Travel time from Rockhampton to ferry departure points is 45 minutes, each way. Please take this into consideration when booking your return air, rail or coach transfers. We recommend you allow yourself 2 hours when arriving or departing by air to meet your ferry connection.
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