“Seventeen heavenly white sandy beaches.”
Located slightly north of the Tropic of Capricorn and ringed by 28 kilometres of beaches and bays, Great Keppel Island enjoys an ideal sub-tropical climate. Being far enough north to capture the sun, it enjoys mild winters while being far enough south to avoid the tropical monsoons. Photo: Great Keppel Island The island is almost 1500 hectares and is a sanctuary to extensive native flora and fauna including more than 100 species of bird life including kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets and a diverse range of seabirds. Captain Cook was the first recorded European to sight the island, anchoring off the mainland in May, 1770 and naming the group of 14 islands, of which Great Keppel is the largest, after Rear Admiral Keppel of the Royal Navy. Great Keppel Island, is just a thirty-minute ferry ride from the mainland and regular ferry services depart from Keppel Bay Marina, providing easy access for day trips or overnight visits. The island boasts seventeen white sand beaches – inviting swimming, snorkeling and diving. Bushwalk the island’s interior where native flora, fauna and a rich Aboriginal heritage are waiting for you to discover. Go kayaking, coral viewing and enjoy the variety of water sports that are available. The waters around the island are safe and there is 18 km of beach with coral around the headlands. The island’s crystal clear tropical waters are teaming with brilliantly coloured fish, other marine life and corals. The best snorkelling spots are Shelving Beach, Monkey Point and Clam Bay, all within easy walking distance.
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