Surrounded by pristine coral reef, 17 secluded beaches and covered in native Australian bushland, Great Keppel Island is the perfect weekend getaway or escape from reality for a couple of weeks of relaxation. It is the largest island of the Keppel Group of islands at 14.5 km² in size.
You can reach the island by ferry in less than 30 minutes which leaves from the coastal town of Yepoon twice a day. Alternatively you can take a 20 minute flight from Rockhampton in a light plane for spectacular views of the island and a great way to arrive on your island paradise.
There are a few accommodation options to choose from. The Keppel Island Holiday Village has a range of rooms from dorms, cabins and a private house, even camping is available if you prefer, all you need to bring is your food and a torch and you’re set to go. The Keppel Lodge is a big house at Fisherman’s Beach which can be rented by room or the whole house and when sharing with other people, can work out at about $50 a night per person.
Spend days wandering around the island on the walking tracks and discover the many beaches and view points on offer. Try some beach fishing and see if you can catch your dinner! There’s nothing tastier than fresh fish on the BBQ. Hire a catamaran or kayak for the day with some snorkelling equipment and explore the reefs for your chance to maybe spot a turtle or some clown fish.
There’s a dive shop on the island if you wanted to try diving or fit in a few fun dives. Egg Rock is the most popular site in the area where you can see some huge fish (some up to 70kg’s!) along with all the macro favourites which will keep photographers occupied. The area is famous for the huge clown fish dancing around their anemones. Other sites in the area can be easily accessed and there are many wonderful places to explore.
You’ll find a few restaurants and shops around the island but it’s best to take your supplies with you from the mainland. Enjoy your tropical island getaway!
(By Kelly Luckman)