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Keppel Islands -- Cities, Towns and Localities
• Great Keppel Island
• Pumpkin Island
 
Other towns, villages and localities in the Keppel Islands include:
• Barren (First Lump) Island • Conical Island • Corroboree Island • Curtis Island • Divided Island • Girt Island
• Halfway Island • Hummocky Island • Humpy Island • Miall Island • Middle Island • Mother Macgregor Island
• North Keppel Island • Peak Island • Pelican Island • Sloping Island • Wedge Island

Just offshore from the Capricorn Coast are the tropical islands known as the Keppel Islands. There are 18 islands in the group, of which one of the most well known is the Great Keppel Island, which at 1,454 ha is the largest of the island group.

Among the group of islands in the Keppel Bay area, 12 of the islands have been declared National Parks:

  • Barren (First Lump) Island
  • Conical Island
  • Corroboree Island
  • Divided Island
  • Halfway Island
  • Humpy Island
  • Miall Island
  • Middle Island
  • North Keppel Island
  • Peak Island
  • Pelican Island
  • Sloping Island
At 627 ha, North Keppel Island is the largest of the national parks island in this group.

Other islands in the group and area include:

As well as the flora and fauna of the national park islands, visitors to the region can enjoy the unspoilt peacefulness of the area and pristine beaches of white sands. The areas crystal clear tropical waters are teaming with brilliantly coloured fish, other marine life and corals.

There are opportunities for swimming, diving, snorkelling, glass bottom boat viewing, canoeing, bush walks, tours and cruises or just relaxing. The region also offer an array of accommodation options from camping, eco style and resorts.

The average weather conditions ranging from 26บ - 30บC throughout the year, except for June to August, when the temperature drops to an average of 22บC.

Great Keppel Island is approximately 18 km from the mainland.
North Keppel Island is approximately 15 km from the mainland.

Underwater Observatory off Middle Island.

Check out our listing of Great Keppel Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Capricorn Coast Visitor Centre - Yeppoon
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Keppel Islands Attractions

Indigenous History
The traditional owners of the Keppel Islands are the Ganomi-Woppaburra people who is thought to have live on the Great Keppel Island for some 700 years and on North Keppel Island for approximately 5,000 years. Archaeological and anthropological research detail remains of food and tools recovered from middens that reveal the original inhabitants lived off the inter-tidal zone, fringing reefs and surrounding sea.

The last seventeen Woppaburra People were forcibly removed from the Keppels in 1902 and sent to Aboriginal missions on the mainland. Moves by the descendants of the Woppaburra People have finally seen them given freehold title of approximately 173 hectares on Great Keppel Island by the Queensland Government and granted to the traditional owners, the Woppaburra Land Trust.

European History

History records Captain James Cook as the first European to have travelled through the area, sailing through the Keppel group on the 25-27 May, 1770. He was to name Great Keppel Island, Keppel Bay and Cape Capricorn. Cook did not land on the island, nor Matthew Flinders, who would have sighted the island in 1804 during his circumnavigation of Australia. It was to be a naturalist named McGillivray, who was to be the first European to set foot on the island, landing near Leeke’s Creek in 1847.

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One of the Keppel Islands in the popular Keppel Bay of the Capricorn Coast, Pumpkin Island is approximately 6.1 hectares and offers the visitor a great retreat with just five self-contained eco-friendly accommodation. With plenty of wildlife, especially in the ocean, whales and turtles are often seen in season, whilst the clear ocean waters provide for some great snorkelling and swimming.

The island is just south of North Keppel Island and the Keppel Bay Islands National Park. Located 16 kilometres off the coast, the island is accessible by private boats and Pumpkin Island's own Pumpkin Xpress and charter boats operating from the Yeppoon Marina.

Check out our listing of Pumpkin Island accommodation.
 

Other Pumpkin Island reference include:

Pumpkin Island (Koey Ngurtai) located in the Torres Strait on the far northern tip of Queensland and north of Badu Island.
Source: Pumpkin Island (Koey Ngurtai) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) - ATNS - Indigenous Studies Program, The University of Melbourne


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Keppel Islands Tours/Charters

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• Provides ferry services, and a variety of cruises including day cruises, coral cruises. Freedom Fast Cats offer several cruise options and individual charters including our Lunch Cruise, Winter Cruise, Island Transfers and the Full Day Cruise (Boomnetting Snorkeling) etc.
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Keppel Islands Transport

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Freedom Fast Cats
• PIer One, John Howes Drv, Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour, YEPPOON QLD 4703
• Ph: 07 4933 6888 (Bookings & Information) • Email
• Provides ferry services, and a variety of cruises including day cruises, coral cruises. Freedom Fast Cats offer several cruise options and individual charters including our Lunch Cruise, Winter Cruise, Island Transfers and the Full Day Cruise (Boomnetting Snorkeling) etc.
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