Welcome to an island paradise. Are you looking for a beautiful place to rest, walk, snorkel and swim? Well, now you've found it, just off the Central Queensland Capricorn Coast in Australia, halfway between Airlie Beach and Hervey Bay.
Great Keppel Island is one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland coast. It has the best white sand beaches together with many bays and coves which all have fringing refs. It is an ideal family destination. ferry services to the island leave from Rosslyn bay marina, just south of Yeppoon.
To enjoy your island holiday, the village will give you snorkelling gear to use during your stay. They’ll take you on guided motorised canoe trips to some great snorkelling spots. For the more adventurous, they also have guided sea kayak trips to neighbouring islands and beaches, providing drinks and snacks to enjoy while watching the sunset or relaxing on the beach. Destinations depend on wind, tides and weather. There are also a number of excellent bushwalking tracks to explore the Island and take you to isolated beaches.
Water sports activities are available from the Watersports Hut on Fisherman's Beach - snorkel equipment and kayaks are for hire, as well as banana and biscuit rides.
The Dive Shop offers diving trips to reef areas around neighbouring islands.
For those who love sitting on the beach and enjoy a swim or two, you have your choice of 17 beaches, most of which you can probably have to yourself. And to finish off your day, you can watch the spectacular sunsets from Fisherman’s Beach across to the mainland!
They have accommodation to suit just about everyone, from a fully furnished house to your own tent. All sheets, pillows and quilts are supplied. A fully equipped communal kitchen with gas stoves, refrigerators and microwave are available, as well as an outside BBQ. All cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are available for use by the guests. The houses are fully self-contained making it perfect for family holidays.
The tents are real tents with the smell of canvas and the gum trees but they still have some of the comforts of home, like wood floors, double or twin beds, lights and chairs. So if you enjoy the outdoor experience this could be just what you are looking for.
They have double and twin rooms available in the main building, featuring a double bed or 2 single beds with bedside tables, lamps, fans, and comfortable outdoor chairs and patio.
The cabins are light, airy, and spacious. Ideal for couples, but can accommodate three people with one queen bed and one single bed. Each cabin has a small refrigerator, fan, tea & coffee making facilities, private amenities, lounge, and both indoor and outdoor table and chairs.
The self-contained, solar-powered beach house, which we call the Dolphin House, offers privacy from the Village with its own lovely garden area to enjoy the outdoor living style of the island. A verandah overlooks the garden where you can enjoy your meals or a lazy afternoon. The house caters for up to 6 people. There are two bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed, one with a double bed and bunk bed. The living area has a TV & DVD player. The kitchen is fully equipped and all linen is provided. Just bring your towels, food and drink - settle in and relax.
This two-storey, solar powered house is set among large shade trees on the southern end of Fisherman's Beach with the beach and Keppel Bay at your doorstep. It is an open plan house ideally, suited to the island's subtropical climate, is fully equipped and sleeps up to six people. There is a queen size bed in the large room upstairs with adjacent deck, and a queen size bed and bunk bed downstairs. Verandahs outside the spacious lounge room and kitchen offer plenty of shady outdoor living. Barbecue, TV, DVD player, all linen and blankets are provided. All you need to bring are your towels, food and beverages.
HOW TO GET THERE
FREEDOM FAST CAT FERRY - Departs from Pier 1 at Rosslyn Bay Harbour
Effective 1 April 2010 - new ferry schedule:
|To Island:||From Island:|
|Tuesday||10.30 am||Tuesday||2.00 pm|
|Wednesday to Sunday||9.15 am||Wednesday to Sunday||3.45 pm|
|Friday (additional trip)||3.00 pm||Friday (additional trip)||10.00 am|
No service on Monday, except Queensland public & school holidays & special charter
Just before the turnoff to the left to Rosslyn Bay Harbour, Great Keppel Island Security Car Park is on the right. There is also parking available at Pier 1 ferry terminal.
They meet the ferries arriving on the Island in their white Suzuki 4x4 to greet you, pick up your luggage and direct you to their Village.