Things To Do

Things To Do On Great Keppel Island

Book Before You Arrive So You Don’t Miss Out

You can book your snorkel gear before arrival! We’ve teamed up with Keppel Konnections & GKI Water Sports & Activities and created an “optional extras” page that arrives before checking out when you’re booking your return transfers. Pre-book to avoid disappointment during the busy periods. 

All our trips and tours may be subject to tides & weather and might have to be adjusted accordingly.

Trips, Tours and Activity Hire

GKI Watersports and Activities & Keppel Dive are located in the little blue hut on the corner of Fisherman’s and Putney Beach. They have a range of activities from snorkel hire and tours, kayak hire and tours, SUP hire, Scuba diving and much more. 

Coral Cruises around Great Keppel are available most days with Freedom Fast Cats. Bookings can be made at reception.

All our trips and tours may be subject to tides & weather and might have to be adjusted accordingly.

Check out these sites for more information! 

Great Keppel Island Water Sports & Activities & Keppel Dive 

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Snorkelling at Shelving & Monkey Beach

Want to explore the Great Barrier Reef?

You can book a snorkelling tour with the friendly crew at GKI watersports & Activities. or bush walk to Shelving (25 min walk) or Monkey Beach (45 min walk). You are able to snorkel straight off the beach and explore the diverse range of marine life. Please touch base with reception for directions.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Want to have a relaxing float in the Great Barrier Reef? Or even paddle to another beach? SUP’s are available for $20.00 hire for an hour and $10.00 every hour after with GKI Watersports & Activities.

Bush Walks

Strap on a pair of enclosed shoes and explore the walking tracks through Great Keppel Island! Bush walking is one of the best ways to see the spectacular views that the island has to offer. With tracks ranging from moderate to difficult, it is best to be prepared with shoes, hat, water, sunscreen and a snack before you head out. Please talk to reception before you go walking to get a few local tips! 

Beach Drop Offs

Want to see another beach without the effort of walking? 

GKI Watersports & Activities can do a drop off and pick up one of our white sandy beaches or close, surrounding islands. Pack your togs, a lunch and most important, an esky for the day.

Sunsets & Cocktails

With sunsets and cocktails available every day of the year, you may as well have them at the same time! Our beach-side bistro has stunning views of the sunsets every day of the year accompanied by happy hour available daily 3pm-5pm with your classics. Join the ranks of satisfied players while waiting for your order at bistro. Revel in a vast selection of slot machines like wolf gold and table games and benefit from enticing bonuses – embrace a secure gaming haven.

Nature Activities

There are many things to do on Great Keppel Island. Great Keppel Island is approximately 1454 hectares in size (around 3,500 acres) – 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, snorkelling and diving.

Guided Kayak Tours

Guided Bush Walks


Scuba Diving


Beach Drop Offs

School & Group Activities

Coral Cruises

Another example of the many things to do on Great Keppel Island when you stay with us is bird watching. 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.

Private coves and pockets of fringing reef around Great Keppel Island are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

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.