Great Keppel Island Travel Guide

  • Great Keppel Island
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  • The view of the main beach (Fisherman's Beach)
    The view of the main beach (Fisherman's...
    by lachydragon
  • Directly below the Sunset Bar
    Directly below the Sunset Bar
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Great Keppel Island Things to Do

  • Friendly Birds

    When you eating, many birds will frock into you.They are cute and friendly! But feeding isnt good idea in this Island. You will have to protect them from bad food.Rainbow lorrikeet is one of the beatiful tropical bird in Australia. They are pretty noisy but you will get used to it!

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  • Walk to Shelving Beach

    A very nice walk and one of the shortest ones you can do from the resort is up and over the Shelving Beach, the next one around from Fisherman's Beach. Go to the activities centre and grab yourself an Island map and then head back out to the beach, turn left and continue to the track at the end. It is then a short but steep walk up over the...

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  • Things to do? Or not!

    Exchange your towel token at the Activities Centre, grab some sunscreen and a good book and make your way down to Fisherman's Beach. Along most of the beach in front of the Beachfront Rooms is a wonderful lawn with a row of palm trees at the front. Towel down, sunnies on, into the book and occasionally glance up to take in the blue water, yellow...

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  • Svensen's Beach

    If you're looking to get away from the main beaches on Great Keppel, a good choice is to walk around to Svensen's beach, to the north of the homestead. The walk takes about 2.5 hours (return), with some interesting scenery along the way. Second beach, just around from Sevnsen's, is also lovely. When the wind is blowing south easterly's, these...

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  • Hiking

    Great Keppel has a number of different walks you can do, ranging from simple to moderately advanced. I have included pictures and a map in my travelogue that you can check out. We did a few of hikes, one from Fisherman's beach to the homestead and then around to Butterfish bay, which took the best part of 8 hours, including quite a few stops. There...

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  • island hopping

    after youve explored the main island go and see the rest. dotted around great keppel are a number of smaller but just as beatifull islands. they are completely uninhabited and well within reach. best to ask at the backpackers (geffs place), pub or anyone else on the island about getting someone to show you around the islands or private boat hire....

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Great Keppel Island Restaurants

  • Eat lot's of seafood... its yummy

    The food was great really good dinner range, though the service was not all that great it took awhile for us to get our drinks when they were orded, but besides that its a great place. dont have one

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  • Lunch Only

    If your staying at the resort, the buffet lunch is good value and varies from day to day. The restaurant itself has a good beach view especially from the balcony. If eating on the balcony, don't leave food unattended, the birds will take it if given a chance.

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  • Not quite so much variety as the...

    A look at the brochures for teh resort suggests that there is a range of dining options to suit any taste and price range. Unfortunately when we went we found this not to be the case. I muct note that we did not visit the island in the middle of winter, mid-week or anything like that either. Basically, the Reff takeaway was only open at lunchtime...

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Great Keppel Island Nightlife

  • by lachydragon Written Jan 18, 2006

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    If you still think that Great Keppel Island is the big place to head for wild parties on the beach and throngs of young people, you had maybe better re-think your choice of island! The 'Salt' nightclub was decidedly closed for the duration of our stay with no mention of it in any of the brochures and websites for the Mercure resort.

    Nightlife tends to finish fairly early with the Sunset bar just next door to Keppel's restaurant being a good place for a pre-dinner drink of nightcap. There is uaually a cocktail of the day for about $9 and it is a great spot to sit out and watch the sun set over the water.

    Dress Code: Pretty casual dress at the Sunset Bar - from memory it is the same as Keppel's restaurant with the only requirement being that you are wearing a shirt and footware of some description! We read that sign originally and thought it meant "collared" shirt and "closed" footwear....but it was much more lenient than that!

    Directly below the Sunset Bar
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    • Spa and Resort
    • Beaches

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Great Keppel Island Transportation

  • Freedom Fast Cats

    Hi There Just to avoid confusion with below times and prices. Freedom Fast Cats doesn't have all the below services due to the main resort being closed, however still places to stay like Keppel Haven and Keppel Logde to name a couple. Ferries run; Depart Pier One Depart Great Keppel IslandMonday 10.30am 3.45pmTuesday 10.30am 2.30pmWednesday 9.15am...

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  • Charter flights to the Island from...

    Great Keppel has a small airstrip and there are a few operators who run charter flights from Rockhampton if travelling in the catamaran from Rosslyn Bay is not your thing (or you really want to maximise your time on the island).The resort actually advertises a schedule of flights that will depart if there are 2 or more passengers. These flights are...

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  • Freedom Fast Cat Ferry Transfers

    Most people arriving on Great Keppel will catch a bus to Rosslyn Bay marina on the mainland - midway between Rockhampton and Yeppoon and then catch the Freedom Fast Cat over to the island. The freey is run by a private company and I believe you buy your tickets when making your booking at the Resort. They run three ferries a day to the Island with...

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Great Keppel Island Shopping

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    by Jez79 Updated Jan 6, 2004

    Shopping isn't the main reason people come to Greak Keppel Island, which isn't surprising when you look at the amazing array of outdoor activities available. But if you are looking for some retail therapy, there are a few places to check out. The Rainbow Hut had a variety of clothes, swimwear, hats and towels. The boutique at the Contiki resort also has clothes and accessories. Derek's Shell House has some amazing shells to look at or buy, and there are some basic food stores at Keppel Haven and the Contiki resort.

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Great Keppel Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jez79 Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Great Keppel Island is beautiful all year around, but is a particularly good choice in summer because it is free of the toxic stingers found further north. But with summer comes the extreme heat and stong sun. As a Queenslander, I love this weather, but it's important to remember that you can end up wrecking a holiday by spending too much time in the sun. It takes about 10 minutes for the Queensland sun to burn, so if you got out in the sun, wear lots of sunblock, take a hat and drink lots of water. If you're prone to sunburn, avoid being in the sun during the middle of the day and if you're going to be outside, have something to cover you if you start to burn. If you're going to go hiking, make sure you're prepared, because Greak Keppel is pretty big and the walks can be long and hot.

    This picture is of Wreck beach, where we intended to go swimming after a long climb across the headland (after the long walk to the lighthouse). Unfortunately, there were sharks in the water, so we decided not to brave the cooling swim, which made the walk back even hotter!!

    Wreck Beach (aka Shark bay)

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Great Keppel Island What to Pack

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    by Jez79 Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Bring as little as possible!! The get to the island you catch a ferry, which lands on the beach. The accommodation places have cars which they use to pick up luggage etc, but it has to be carried off the boat, across the sand and then from the car to your room.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes - In summer the weather is warm and shorts, skirts and t-shirts/ singlets are all you'll need, as well as a hat, sunglasses and something to protect you from the sun. In winter, it gets pretty cold at night, so bring a warm jumper and some long pants. Generally GKI is fairly casual, though you can dress up a bit for the Contiki bars if you wish. Shoes - good walking shoes, and some for the beach/ shower and going out.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The basics are available on the island, but it;s useful t bring what you think you'll need. Sunscreen and insect repellant are also important, as well as a basic first aid kit if you plan to go hiking.

    Photo Equipment: There are lots of great photo opportunities, so come prepared! There is access to power to charge batteries etc, and you can buy film on the island.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It is possible to camp across the island (not necessarily permitted though), so you can bring the appropriate equipment for that. Snorkelling equipment and other gear for water sports is available for a cost at a number of places, as is fishing gear and bait.

    Miscellaneous: If you're not wanting to eat out every night, you'll need to bring your own food and drinks. Most of the non-Contiki accommodation on the island has kitchen facilities, so cooking cheap meals is easy.

    GKI Holiday village Tents

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Great Keppel Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Keppel Homestead

    If you are keen for a bit of a walk and want to see some of the island head to the old homestead. You can get a walking map from the activities hut and it will show you diretions to the Homestead.The walk is a fairly short one but I would recommend setting off early and taking lots of water if you are going in summer (when we went it felt like...

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  • The Lighthouse

    If you're up for a challenging hike, the trek across the island to the lighthouseis a great option. The "lighthouse" is actually a box like beacon, not some grand old style relic, but the walk itself offers fantastic views and an excellent opportunity to experience the Australian bush landscape. The walk begins at Fisherman's beach, the main centre...

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Great Keppel Island Sports & Outdoors

  • by lachydragon Written Jan 18, 2006

    For guests of the Mercure Resort there is free hire of all of the non-motorised watersports. The resort has quite a few kayaks, about 4 catamarans and a couple of windsurfers. The thing to keep in mind with this is to make a booking for them if you have a specififc time you want to use the equipment as they can be quite popular in Summer.

    You get all the watersports from the little hut on the beach down the Reef Takeaway end of the resort (on Fishermans Beach).

    For non-guests and day-trippers they equipment can be hired for a fee, I can't remember how much they charge now but it wasn't excessive.

    Catamarans lined up on the beach Me! On a windsurfer
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    • Kayaking
    • Water Sports

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