Great Keppel Island

A hub of beautiful beaches and comfortable - yet dated - accommodation on the QLD central coast.
One of the largest and most beautiful islands in the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, Great Keppel Island is also significantly developed compared to many of its brethren although it has become dated in recent years. A push by locals to increase development of the island has reached a stalling point, yet the island still remains lovely to visit.
About Great Keppel Island

Located 15km from the coast off Yeppoon, Great Keppel Island lies in an area known as the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland, Australia. With its crystal clear turquoise waters, white sand, beautiful coral gardens, natural bushlands, fringing coral reefs, bays, sun drenched beaches, bush walking trails and panoramic natural beauty, Great Keppel Island is a wonderful vacation gateway for day trips and extended holidays.


The only way to reach the spectacular Great Keppel Island is by ferry or flight. Ferry services are operated by Freedom Fast Cats and charter flights are operated by Peace Aviation. With an ideal sub-tropical climate, the stunning and picturesque Great Keppel Island is one of the best places to enjoy with your family and friends.

The island offers something for everyone to enjoy. This beautiful island is also part of Great Barrier Reef group of islands. Great Keppel Island is home to a total of 17 uncluttered, pristine beaches, surrounded by stunning coral gardens, hidden coves and crystal clear waters. Relax on the pristine beaches or build sandcastles, while watching swathes of waves strike the breathtaking coast.

or the adventure lover, Great Keppel Island offers a diverse range of activities and water sports to add fun and entertainment to your holiday trip. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy catamaran sailing, bushwalking, windsurfing, sea kayaking, hiking or sunbathing on one of the pristine beaches.

For more adventure and fun, you can enjoy parasailing, skydiving or go for tube riding. Explore the underwater marine life through cruise packages and glass bottom boat tours. You can take beach & bush walks through the National Park to explore the unique bird life, colourful coral reefs and rich flora and fauna.

The Island is an ideal spot for swimming, with its average year round temperature and crystal clear water. A part of the Great Barrier Reef, a vast stretch of the Great Keppel Island coastline is decorated by colourful coral reefs, which invite you to enjoy safe scuba diving and snorkelling.

You can also enjoy beach fishing on Putney Beach or Fisherman’s Beach. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at Great Keppel Island – a spectacular sight not to be missed on the bewitching island. You can also take advantage of beach sports and play beach cricket, beach volleyball or beach soccer.

You can also enjoy a leisurely picnic on any of the 17 picturesque beaches on the serene island. If you are looking for a relaxing stay on the island, then Great Keppel Island Holiday Village offers you a perfect retreat and getaway.

This wonderful accommodation is situated in a gum tree bush land, within a walking distance from two beautiful swimming beaches.

Great Keppel Island in Pictures
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