Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island is also called Wappaburra which means 'resting place'. There are some fantastic fringing coral on the island as well as some amazing beaches. You can stay on the island or visit the island for a day trip.
The best beaches on the island include Fishermans Beach, Long Beach and Putney Beach, all on the eastern side of the island. There are plenty of water activities that you can take part in, including snorkeling, parasailing, water skiing and just hiring out a boat and exploring the area. There are a number of places where you can hire out the necessary gear. You can also take part in various dive courses.
If you want to explore the waters on your own then there are numerous places around the island from which you can see coral. One great place however, is at Monkey Beach which is 30 minutes south of the resort. Another option is to join one of the daily trip to a pontoon at the northern tip of the island.
If you'd prefer heading inland then there are plenty of walking trails to choose from. Two walks include the rather strenuous Bald Rock Point Walk, which is worth the effort, and the Mt Windham Walk which offers great scenery.
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 offering a wide range of accommodation. Other accommodation includes hostel accommodation, a guesthouse, cabins and tent accommodation.
There are plenty of places to eat at the resort with cafes and takeaways as well as a number of restaurants. There is also a lively bar on the island, called the Wreck Bar.
From Great Keppel Island you can also visit several of the other 18 surrounding islands. Islands include Halfway Island and it's fabulous fringing coral, Humpy Island and Middle Island which hosts an underwater observatory looking out onto a fishing wreck.
You can camp on the parks although will need to take all your own supplies and buy a permit first. You can do this through the EPA in Rockhampton Ph: (07) 4936 0511 or the QPWS at Rosslyn Bay Harbour Ph: (07) 4933 6595. You can also camp on the North Keppel Island National Park and stay in cabin accommodation on Pumpkin Island.
To get to Great Keppel Island you can either take a boat or fly. There are chartered flights available from Rockhampton to the island which can be booked through the Great Keppel Island Resort. Freedom Fast Cats offer boats to the island. You can also take a water taxi from the Keppel Bay Marina to some of the smaller islands.