Things to do on Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island is approximately 240 hectares in size (around 3,500 acres and 43 kilometers in circumference) – home to seventeen pristine white sandy beaches. The island interior is rich with native flora and fauna, all waiting for you to explore. Island bush walking tracks disperse trekkers around the island to beaches or spectacular lookouts. These vary in duration and difficulty, from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes.
Private coves and pockets of fringing reef around Great Keppel Island are excellent for swimming, snorkeling and diving.
Great Keppel Island is a bird watchers paradise, with over 90 species of birds identified, living among many different habitats.
Dolphins are often seen close to the main beaches during winter months. Whale numbers are increasing each year by 10 to 11%, with more being seen in Keppel Bay waters each season from April to November, with the majority migrating north from June to August, and back towards the southern ocean from September to November.
With the annual population now of about 15,000 Humpback whales (there were 8,000 in 2006), after a summer of feeding on krill in Antarctic waters, Humpbacks migrate north to sub-tropical waters where they mate and give birth, with Humpback calves staying with their mothers for 11 to 12 months before becoming independent.
Brush tail possums are numerous, as well as blue-tongue lizards and goannas. Bird life is varied with white-breasted sea eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys, pied oystercatchers, beach curlews, honeyeaters, rainbow bee-eaters, pheasant coucals, friarbirds, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets.
Trips, Tours and Activity Hire
Coral Cruises around Great Keppel are available most days with Freedom Fast Cats. Bookings can be made at reception.
Make the most of your island holiday with the independently owned GKI Adventures, offering a variety of activities from snorkel hire and both local and deep sea fishing trips, to stand-up paddle board hire and guided kayak tours with a local tour guide. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website. Alternatively you can contact Amie on: 0432 483 652.
Sunset cruises, snorkel trips and island drop-offs are available through Great Keppel Cruises, owned and run by Terry.
For inquiries contact Terry on: 0427 874 724 or visit the Facebook page or website.
For the thrill-seekers out there, you’ll find Keppel Water Sports on Fisherman’s beach. On disembarking from the Freedom Fast Cat, you’ll notice their Bali style hut, where you can book a variety of activities from water-skiing, wake-boarding and tubing to cricket sets, snorkel sets or a sunset cruise. Visit their Facebook page to find out more, or contact Shane on: 0415 076 644.