When you set foot on one of the Keppel Bay Islands you will feel as though you have stepped onto an island paradise where the ‘squeaky-clean’ white sand flows between your toes and the ocean sparkles before your eyes.
Whether you’re visiting Great Keppel for a lazy Sunday picnic lunch, or staying for a couple of days or more, you can’t fail to be impressed by the stunning scenery or the relaxed atmosphere on the island. With the protection of a fringing reef, the waters surrounding the Keppel Islands are amazingly calm, making it perfect for all types of watersports such as snorkelling, SUP, water-skiing and tubing. Take a jet ski tour around the island, or a leisurely kayak to one of the secluded beaches where you can snorkel amongst amazing different varieties of tropical fish, magnificent hard and soft coral and friendly turtles.
It arguably has the best beaches of any Great Barrier Reef island (Long Beach was voted #14 in 101 Best Beaches in Australia) and offers safe swimming
all year round. The island is approximately 240 hectares in size and is home to 17 pristine white-sand beaches and an interior rich with native
flora and fauna, all waiting for you to explore. Ninety percent of the island is bushland and there are several bushwalking tracks that disperse trekkers
around the island to untouched, pristine beaches, or spectacular lookouts. These vary in range of duration and difficulty, from a leisurely stroll,
to challenging hikes. Dolphins are often seen close to the main beaches during winter months and whales have started to become frequent visitors to
the bay on their yearly migration. Ferries depart every day to Great Keppel
Island from Rosslyn Bay, with a number of day cruises also available.
From tents and cabins, through to private beach houses on the water’s edge, staying on Great Keppel Island is always a relaxing escape. The scenic Bar & Bistro is home to uncomplicated menus reflecting the relaxed atmosphere of Great Keppel. Pumpkin Island is a hidden secret of the Keppel group of islands. Located just a 30 minute boat transfer from Keppel Bay Marina, this tiny gem – just six ectares in total – offers you eco-friendly self-catering units that are powered by the wind and the sun! Book a stay in one of their beachfront cottages or rent the entire private island for up to 34 guests, and live like a millionaire at a fraction of the cost. Camping is allowed in the Keppel Bay Islands National Park of North Keppel Island, Humpy Island, Miall Island, Middle Island, Conical Island, Divided Island and Pelican Island. Visitors must bring their own drinking water and campers require a camping permit. Permits can be purchased online or from a local Visitor Information Centre. A number of charters, full day cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options are also available from Keppel Bay Marina. The climate and location are a perfect mix for sailing adventures.