When full-time travelling family 4 Boys and a Caravan visited Queensland’s Capricorn Coast, they instantly fell in love with the natural beauty and minimalist aura of the destination’s hero, Great Keppel Island. With its stunning beaches, calm, crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, Tom and Aimee Urech-Wright and their boys balanced their time between adventurous family activities and essential relaxation.
From the moment we set foot on the beach on Great Keppel Island, we felt at ease. We quickly clocked into ‘island time’ — no stress, no worries; just good vibes, relaxation, and adventure. With activities for all ages, our days were filled with plenty of smiles and excitement as we enjoyed quality time as a family and made incredible memories.
There are two main accommodation offerings on the island — Great Keppel Island Hideaway and Great Keppel Island Holiday Village. Both offer excellent options to suit every budget, from glamping tents and comfortable cabins to roomy holiday houses. The island is mainly self-catering, but there is a restaurant and bar located at Great Keppel Island Hideaway, which serves excellent meals.
There is so much to do on this island, including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and bushwalking. Any equipment you need can be hired from Great Keppel Island Watersports & Activities.
The waters here are the bluest of blue, edged with remarkable beaches. Being in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, you can find the most amazing fringing coral reefs dotted around the island, providing easy access for all ages. The coral here is healthy, and is home to sea turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and stingrays. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the local dugong family.
There are plenty of spots to snorkel within walking distance of the main accommodation. Shelving Beach was a favourite for our boys, who are keen snorkellers, as the exquisite reef is so easy to access. We found ourselves returning time and again. Another popular site for our crew was Monkey Beach, on the island’s south-west, which was an exciting 45-minute walk from where we stayed. The walk can be difficult, with a couple of steep sections, but if you head there at low tide, you can follow the water’s edge all the way, making it much easier. As there are a few oyster shells, be sure to take some water shoes, suitable for walking on rocks, with you.
If you are looking for even more adventure, consider doing a beach drop with Keppel Dive. They can take you to a secluded beach, which you will have all to yourselves, where you can have a picnic, snorkel or relax in tranquillity. This really is the ultimate island experience!
The whole Capricorn Coast is a region that offers something for everyone, from bush camping and 4WD exploring to beautiful waterfalls, gem fossicking and adventure caving in magnificent gorges. You could spend weeks here and see something different every day. The town of Yeppoon is known as the heart of the region, and it’s easy to see why. It is buzzing with family-friendly activities such as free waterparks, skate parks, playgrounds and the resort-style lagoon in the foreshore precinct. If you have any questions about what to do in the region, head to the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre in town. The proud staff are experts on the region and can suggest the perfect activities for your family.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPRICORN ENTERPRISE
The writers travelled as a guest of Capricorn Enterprise.