Located slightly north of the Tropic of Capricorn and ringed by 28 kilometres of beaches and bays, Great Keppel Island enjoys an ideal sub-tropical climate. Being far enough north to capture the sun, it enjoys mild winters while being far enough south to avoid the tropical monsoons.
The island is almost 1500 hectares and is a sanctuary to extensive native flora and fauna including more than 100 species of bird life including kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets and a diverse range of seabirds. Captain Cook was the first recorded European to sight the island, anchoring off the mainland in May, 1770 and naming the group of 14 islands, of which Great Keppel is the largest, after Rear Admiral Keppel of the Royal Navy.
Great Keppel Island, is just a thirty-minute ferry ride from the mainland and regular ferry services depart from Keppel Bay Marina, providing easy access for day trips or overnight visits.
The island boasts seventeen white sand beaches – inviting swimming, snorkeling and diving. Bushwalk the island’s interior where native flora, fauna and a rich Aboriginal heritage are waiting for you to discover. Go kayaking, coral viewing and enjoy the variety of water sports that are available.
The waters around the island are safe and there is 18 km of beach with coral around the headlands. The island’s crystal clear tropical waters are teaming with brilliantly coloured fish, other marine life and corals. The best snorkelling spots are Shelving Beach, Monkey Point and Clam Bay, all within easy walking distance.
Great Keppel Island Resort
Visitors to Great Keppel Island can fly to Great Keppel Island’s very own airstrip, an inspiring trip over crystal blue waters and pure white beaches, which will see you enjoying the island only 30 minutes later.
You can sail the Keppel Islands on a luxury catamaran cruise – or tailor your own holiday experience with a private bare boat charter.
The resort itself offers great facilities including a pool, a small shop, numerous accommodation types and various restaurants. Great Keppel Island Resort is the major place to stay on the island. On site there is a great restaurant, four bars, one night club, five pools, two spas, squash, tennis, golf, snorkelling, skydiving, paraflying and camel rides, just to name a few.
There are 2 Restaurants, Aqua Restaurant is situated upstairs on the beach front and offers indulgent buffets or delicious al la carte. The Reef Cafe is for casual outdoor dining and offers tantalising wood fired pizzas, homestyle burgers and assorted cusine from the wok. The Restaurant serves a buffet style brunch between the hours of 0700 – 1100 daily, and buffet style dinner is available nightly with a different theme each night.
There are three styles of accommodation available. Garden rooms are situated close to all of the resort facilities. Beachfront rooms are unrivalled for location. Just 50 metres to the beach and close to all facilities. Hillside Villas are air conditioned for maximum comfort. Set back in the hillside, Villas have privacy and great views across the island. They are situated close to Billabong swim up pool bar and spa. Room Configuration: Garden – Queen bed or two Queen beds or three singles, – Beachfront – Queen bed or two Queen beds and Villa – Queen bed or Queen bed and Single or Queen bed and two singles
Great Keppel Island Resort Activities
Complimentary: Archery, Basketball, Beach Volleyball,Bushwalking, Catamaran Sailing, Golf, Gym Equipment, Gym/Fitness Centre, Live Entertainment, Nightclub, Paddle skis, Sailing, Spa, Squash, Swimming, Snorkelling, Table tennis, Tennis and Wind Surfing.
Additional Charge: Canoeing excursions, Guided walks, Jet skiing, Massage, Para-sailing/Para-flying, Skydiving, Snorkelling excursions, Tube rides, Water skiing, Water sports, Wine tasting
Map of Great Keppel Island, Queensland