There are many things to do on Great Keppel Island for nature lovers. If you’re there for a short time, it may even be overwhelming! We had the chance to enjoy most of the activities on the island, and here’s a selection of our favourite ones.

1. The best beaches on Great Keppel Island

Most people stay on one of the two beaches next to the resort (Fisherman’s Beach and Putney Beach) and they can get very busy during weekends or school holidays. Hence, nature lovers will want to find more secluded spots. You don’t have to walk far to leave the crowd behind.

If you don’t want to walk, you can ask Keppel Dive for a transfer to secluded beaches.

2. Scuba diving

Scuba diving is quite cheap once you’re on the island, considering the trips include boat transfers to dive sites around The Keppels. It’s only $180 for a double dive including all equipment hire, whereas we most of the time pay more than $200 in other destinations.

We did 10 dives around the Keppels. We didn’t plan to do that many but the conditions were good (although the visibility was average) and we had opportunities to explore sites we hadn’t dived yet.

Corals looked quite healthy and growing and some sites had amazing fish life. Read this post about scuba diving on Great Keppel Island for further details.

3. Hiking Great Keppel Island

I loved hiking Great Keppel Island and I will tell you all about it in another article coming soon. There’s no road or vehicle on the island (although I read about a 4WD tour from Great Keppel Island Holiday Village* on TripAdvisor but didn’t find advertised on their website), so hiking is the best way to explore most of it.

To put it in a nutshell, we tried to explore as many trails as possible and all took us to stunning views of the island. Bring good footwear and be ready to walk uphill, you’ll be rewarded. This is the tourist map we found with all the trails, but it is not precise and I’m glad we asked locals for tips. If you’re planning to tackle the long trails, I recommend seeking more information than just looking at this map.

4. Snorkelling

There are a few spots where you can snorkel coral reefs from Great Keppel Island. The easiest one to reach is Shelving Beach (a short walk from where the ferry drops you and the resorts) and Monkey Beach a little bit further. If you don’t want to walk, the dive shop may be able to organise a drop off for you. We found low tide was better for snorkelling there to better see the corals.

On the northern part of the island, Wreck Beach is quite reputed for snorkelling and we found it better than Monkey Beach and Shelving Beach. If you can find the huge coral bommie, look for the turtle that is often nearby. We stopped there during a hike and it was a nice way to refresh after crossing the dunes and before going to the lighthouse. You can also ask Keppel Dive for transfers. It seemed you could snorkel Wreck Beach at any time as there were corals at different depths.

If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, you can hire equipment from the dive shop. Remember to ask them for tips as the weather conditions can impact your experience. If you want to avoid current (which wasn’t a problem when we were there), slack tide (around high tide or around low tide) is often preferable.

5. Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding

We didn’t paddle as much as we wished because we spent extra days scuba diving. You can hire kayaks or SUPs and pay by the hour, or take them for the day ($70 from 9 am to 3 pm).

The best is to decide your itinerary (towards Monkey Point or Putney Beach) on the day according to the weather conditions (wind), and tides.

We went north towards Putney Beach. We quickly spotted dugongs and turtles. At high tide, you can explore the wetlands, which is a great spot to spot birds. We came back around Middle Island, had our lunch break on an empty beach visited by a turtle and a blacktip reef shark.

6. Watch the sunset from the beach

When you live on Australia’s East Coast, you don’t often get to watch the sunset from the beach. Great Keppel Island is a perfect place for sunset lovers. You can chill on the beach or at the bar during the magic hour and watch the colours change. If you’re lucky, you may even spot dugongs or turtles.

What are your favourite activities on Great Keppel Island? Share your experience in the comments below!

Where is Great Keppel Island?

Great Keppel Island is only 30 minutes by boat from Yeppoon, a small town on the Capricorn Coast north of Rockhampton (Queensland, Australia).

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