Island hopping around the Keppel islands

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Keppel islands

Island hop to it and holiday here this year

While the passport might be gathering dust, some of Australia’s best-kept holiday secrets are waiting for you to explore in Keppel Bay, near Yeppoon, Queensland.

Bust out the bathers and boardies, strap on your snorkel and get ready for some serious scenic island hopping, Queensland style.

From Yeppoon, sun and surf seekers are spoiled for choice, with popular islands including Great Keppel Island, North Keppel, Pumpkin Island and the 18 islands that make up the Keppel Group, all just a stone’s throw away.

Join one of the many boat tours on offer for an unforgettable unique sailing experience.

Great Keppel Island

Secret beaches, sea caves, surf, seclusion.  Enough said.  

Jump on board for an exhilarating and scenic adventure around the islands on an epic tour of discovery, sightseeing, relaxation, and unmatched photo opportunities.

With your choice of 17 pristine beaches to explore, Great Keppel Island is sure to satisfy your tropical island craving.

Go snorkelling with turtles amongst colourful coral, or spot wildlife while hiking its rugged hinterland. 

From April to November, humpback whales migrate through Keppel Bay and you could spot them from the coastline.

The jewel of the Keppel Island crown, there is a good reason they call this island, ‘Great’.

Get there

Pumpkin Island

Looking for a “get away from it all” private paradise?

Laze in a hammock with a book or delve into the many aquatic activities on offer before ending your day with a cocktail in the Sunset Lounge.

One of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Pumpkin Island is nestled in the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Keppel Group of islands, 14 kilometres off the coast of Yeppoon.

The local wildlife will delight, with dolphins, turtles, and whales in season.

What are you waiting for?

North Keppel Island

North Keppel Island has some of the most culturally significant sites in the Great Barrier Reef.

The island’s Hilltop Trail offers vistas of steep hills and cliffs which plunge into the sea, as well as sheltered bays and quiet sandy beaches.

The island is also home to the fascinating North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre; the only Environmental Education Centre on a national park island surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Visitors to the centre can experience a rich diversity of real-life experiences such as snorkelling over coral reefs, kayaking, outrigging, marine studies, indigenous history, sustainable fishing, coral, and mangrove studies and more.

Get there with the crew from Keppel Explorer.

Humpy Island

Humpy Island’s camping area is sheltered by Casuarina groves and is one most popular camping sites in the Keppels.

The island boasts scenic views over Keppel Bay and gives easy access to fringing reefs for diving and snorkelling.

While North Keppel and Humpy islands are popular for larger groups, if you are seeking a more low key, natural experience, set up camp on one of the smaller Miall and Conical Islands, which only allow a max. of six people at any time.

Access is via private boat or charter hire with Freedom Fast Cats.

What better way to round off a perfect day of Keppel Island hopping, than in your own luxury Mediterranean-style apartment at Villa Mar Colina?

Located 35 minutes’ drive north east of Rockhampton, Villa Mar Colina is set high on Bluff Point in Yeppoon, boasting stunning views across Keppel Bay, long sandy beaches, and the Keppel Isles.

Island hop to it and check out our latest accommodation specials and come get your tropical beach fix at Yeppoon.

Summary – Island hopping around the Keppel islands

I hope our article has filled you with excitement about this beautiful part of the world and all the fantastic activities that are available.

If you’d like to chat with us about making your dream getaway happen then just get in touch via our contact page, or give us a ring on (07) 4839 3177, we’d love to hear from you.

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