Great Keppel Island
Information & Bookings
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Capricorn Holidays Information Centre
When you set foot on Great Keppel Island you will feel as though you have stepped onto an island paradise where the dazzling white sand flows between your toes and the blue ocean sparkles before your eyes.
The largest island of the 18 Keppel Bay Islands, Great Keppel Island is home to 17 pristine white sand beaches and an interior rich with native flora and fauna, all waiting for you to explore. With the protection of a fringing reef, the surrounding waters are amazingly calm, making it perfect for all types of water sports such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, water-skiing and tubing. You can even view the abundance of tropical fish, and colourful coral with just short swim off the beach. Accommodation on Great Keppel Island ranges from tents and cabins or even a private beach house on the water's edge, and ferries and tours depart most days to Great Keppel Island from Rosslyn Bay.
The climate and location are a perfect mix for sailing adventures. The shallow fringing reefs and vast, abundant marine life, is quickly and easily accessed by boat. Divers can experience more than 40 dive locations, and see hundreds of different varieties of tropical fish, hard and soft coral, friendly turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and giant manta rays. A number of charters, and full day cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options are also available from Keppel Bay Marina. You can even learn to sail in tropical island waters with an experienced instructor!
Camping is allowed in the Keppel Bay Islands National Park of North Keppel Island, Humpy Island, Miall Island, Middle Island, Pided Island & Pelican Island. Visitors must bring their own drinking water and campers require a camping permit. Details and bookings can be made through the National Parks.
Great Keppel Island is serviced by the Rockhampton Domestic Airport (ROK).
From the Rockhampton Airport guests can arrange transfers via Youngs Bus Service http://youngsbusservice.com.au; car rental (all major rental companies operate from the Rockhampton Airport), or private transfer.
These transfers will take you directly to Freedom Fast Cats or Keppel Konnections departure terminals, where ferries will transfers guests to Great Keppel Island in 30 minutes. Please ensure you allow yourself 2hrs from flight arrival to ferry departure time.
Great Keppel Island Hideaway offer airport transfer packages for their guests. Please contact them direct on 074939 2050 to arrange this.
Little Johnny’s Tours and Rentals - 0414 793 637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Class Limousines - 0417 221 777 www.bclimo.com.au
Rocky Cabs – 131008
Helicopter and Light Aircraft services are also available during daylight from Rockhampton Airport direct to Great Keppel Island.
By Helicopter - Heli-Central 0413 275 773 or www.heli-central.net
By Light Aircraft - Peace Aviation 07 4922 7055 or www.peaceaviation.com
Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast can be accessed via the Bruce Highway which covers the East coast of Queensland from Cairns to Brisbane. Dependant on conditions, driving time from Brisbane is approximately 9 hours north to Rockhampton/Yeppoon and 12 hours south from Cairns. Regular coach services also operate into Rockhampton.
From the Rockhampton Bus Depot guests can arrange transfers via Youngs Bus Service (view timetable here); car rental (all major rental companies operate from Rockhampton), or private transfer. These transfers will take you directly to Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina, where a connecting ferry will transfer guests to Great Keppel Island in 30 minutes. Please ensure you allow yourself 2hrs from coach arrival to ferry departure time.
Passengers driving to Yeppoon:
Freedom Fast Cats check-in is located: Pier One, John Howes Dr, Rosslyn QLD 4703
Keppel Konnections check-in is located: Keppel Bay Marina, Waterline Way, Yeppoon QLD 4703
Is there Secure Parking at Pier One or Keppel Bay Marina?
There is a well-lit regulated car park right beside both Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina departure terminals. Great Keppel Island Security Carpark is also available and offers courtesy pick-up and drop-offs to the ferry terminals 07 4933 6670.
Regular daily train services depart from Brisbane heading North and from Cairns and Townsville heading South. A Yeppoon Transit Coach service is available from Rockhampton Rail Station with launch connections from Pier One and Keppel Bay Marina to Great Keppel Island. For train timetables, contact your Travel Agent or Queensland Rail on +61 7 3235 1323 or view the timetable here. Private Transfers are also available from the Rockhampton Station.
Freedom Fast Cats and Keppel Konnections operate ferry transfers to Great Keppel Island at an additional cost. The ferry departure/arrival times are timed to give the best possible connection with most flights timetables can be found here for Keppel Konnections and Freedom Fast Cats. Prior to booking your flight, it is important to check with your Great Keppel Island accommodation or ferry operator to ensure your chosen flight is serviced by a connecting ferry.
Travel time from Rockhampton to ferry departure points is 45 minutes, each way. Please take this into consideration when booking your return air, rail or coach transfers. We recommend you allow yourself 2 hours when arriving or departing by air to meet your ferry connection.
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