Things to do on Great Keppel Island
You can now book your activities 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. Options include guided kayak tours to either Leekes creek with a bush walk to our heritage listed Homestead or to Monkey Beach with a snorkel on the reef and a guided bush walk to an Aboriginal shell midden.
There’s also the option for the popular guided jet ski tour, fully circumnavigating Great Keppel Island (28km) – bookings are based on 2 guests sharing one ski.
All our trips and tours may be subject to tides & weather and might have to be adjusted accordingly.
Here on Great Keppel, we love to hear of your favourite things to do. If you’ve experienced something extraordinary on our little island paradise, please share with us to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recent guest feedback has even been featured in the Official Queensland Blog!
Trips, Tours and Activity Hire
Coral Cruises around Great Keppel are available most days with Freedom Fast Cats. Bookings can be made at reception.
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.
Another example of the many things to do on Great Keppel Island 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.
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.