Great Keppel Island is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The stunningly beautiful island boasts 28 kilometers of the most beautiful bays and beaches. The island offers you 17 astonishing white sandy beaches where you can enjoy the best sub-tropical climate on earth. The island has very mild winters and is located far enough south to not be influenced by the tropical monsoon, and enough north to enjoy the sun.
Great Keppel Island measures nearly 1500 hectares and it truly is a sanctuary to an extensive world of native fauna that includes over one hundred species of birds such as rainbow lorikeets and kookaburras, and a wide variety of seabirds. In 1770, Captain Cook was actually the first European to visit the island, and he named the 14 islands after Royal Navy Admiral Keppel. Great Keppel Island is the largest of the islands followed by North Keppel Island.
Great Keppel Island is only a 30-minute ferry crossing from Australia’s mainland and there are regular ferry departures from Keppel Bay Marina to Rosslyn which allows for nice day trips or overnight stays. The beautiful sub-tropical island has seventeen of the most stunning white sand beaches and is paradise if you like snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or diving.
The island’s interior bushlands are full of native fauna and flora, and you can also discover the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage. Here you can enjoy a huge variety of water sports, and you’ll be surprised by all available options.
The ocean waters around Great Keppel Island are very safe and coral is found all around the island’s crystal-clear tropical waters. Enjoy the abundant brilliantly colored fish, marine life, and the most beautiful corals. The island’s finest snorkeling spots are Clam Bay, Shelving Beach, and Monkey Point, that are all found within walking distance.
Where to stay – Great Keppel Island Resort
If you want to fly here, no problem. Great Keppel Island has its own airstrip, and the flight takes you over the most beautiful crystal-clear blue waters and pristine white beaches, and it will take you less than 30 minutes to get here. There are also great options to sail around the Keppel Islands on a catamaran cruise, or organize your private holiday experience if you charter a private boat.
The Great Keppel Island Resort a wide variety of accommodation types, a number of restaurants, and facilities such as a small shop and a pool, and the resort is the major place for people who want to stay on Great Keppel Island. The resort also boasts four bars, a nightclub, two spas, five pools, tennis & squash, golf, skydiving, snorkeling, paragliding, camel rides, and great seafood.
The resort has two restaurants. Aqua Restaurant is located at the resort’s upstairs beach front area and offers buffet and a-la-carte dining options, while the Reef Cafe is a more casual outdoor dining place offering tantalizing home-made burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and assorted wok-based food. Breakfast is served at the Restaurant in buffet style between 7 and 11 a.m. and buffet style dining is offered with each night a different theme.
The Great Keppel Resort includes three different styles of accommodation. Beachfront guest rooms offer a one-of-a-kind location, a mere 50 meters (160 ft.) from the beach and in close proximity of all facilities. The resort’s Garden rooms are also located close to all facilities, and the Hillside Villas offer air conditioning for optimal comfort. The Hillside, Villas offer great privacy and the most beautiful views over the island, and they are located close to the resort’s Billabong swim-up pool bar.
The activities at the Great Keppel Island Resort include Beach Volleyball, Archery, Bushwalking, Basketball, Golf, Catamaran Sailing, Gym, Fitness Center, Spa, Paddle skis, Squash, Sailing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Wind Surfing, Nightclub, and Live Entertainment. All these activities can be done at no extra charge, but there is more to be done. At a modest fee, you can also partake in Guided Walks, Canoeing Excursions, Jet Skiing, Para-sailing, Paragliding, Skydiving, Tube Rides, Snorkeling Excursions, Water Skiing activities. There are also great Wine Tasting and Massage options available.