Great Keppel Island (or in the local language called Woppaburra, Wop-Pa, or Wapparaburra) is about 15 kilometres from the coast off Yeppoon in the Shire of Livingstone, Queensland. It is part of the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland and is one of the best island getaways on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, also home to seventeen pristine white sandy beaches. Great Keppel Island is approximately 1,454 hectares in size (around 3,500 acres). It will take about 30 minutes by ferry or boat to reach Great Keppel Island from the mainland.
Ferry depart daily from Rosslyn Bay to Great Keppel Island
If you don't have your own boat, Great Keppel Island Hideaway can accommodate you to have a blissful time at Great Keppel Island. We booked a one-day trip to Great Keppel Island with Great Keppel Island Hideaway.
Departing from Red Jetty (next to the Waterline restaurant) at Keppel Bay Marina, Waterline Way, Rosslyn Bay, Yeppoon, you can choose ferry that leaving to Great Keppel Island at 7:30am, 9am, 3pm daily with 5:45pm for Friday only. After 30 minutes on the ferry enjoying the sea breeze, you can see Great Keppel Island with its pristine white beach surrounding it.
As we arrived at Great Keppel Island, we were divided into 2 groups, visitors that will stay overnight at the island and one-day trip visitors. Overnight visitors headed directly to their accommodation, while one-day trip visitors can explore the island straight away.
Great Keppel Island offers a host of activities and entertainment to suit every guest, from bush walking, fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving with Keppel Dive and many more. You can bring your own gear, otherwise, you can hire equipment from Great Keppel Island Watersports and Activities, located in the little blue hut on the island.
Keppel Island Watersports and Activities can also provide guided coral tours around the island. If you would like to see another beach without the effort of walking. They also can arrange beach drop-off.
Besides exploring the diverse range of marine life, a lot more nature activities will await you here, such as rich native flora and fauna with over 90 species of birds identified living among many different habitats. White-breasted sea eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys, pied oystercatchers, beach curlews, honeyeaters, rainbow bee-eaters, pheasant coucals, friarbirds, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets can be seen at this island. Dolphins are often seen close to the main beaches during winter months. Whales also can be seen here, especially when they migrate north from June to August, and back towards the southern ocean from September to November.
You can organise your own picnics or grab a meal and drink from Reef Bar and Bistro on the island. They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you would like to stay longer and enjoy more the Great Keppel Island, please check this site for accommodations. Enjoy Great Keppel Island and everything offered plus a digital detox holiday with no Wi-Fi and no TV.