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How To Visit The Great Keppel Island (Wop-pa) in Queensland

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There aren’t too many islands in the Great Barrier Reef where you can escape the crowds for a quick getaway and stay in your own beach bungalow for a reasonable price.

In fact, getting a bungalow of any kind of price ten steps from the beach is rare.

This is why Great Keppel Island, or Wop-pa as it’s known by its original owners, is such a great destination.

It offers visitors a chance to truly escape the daily grind of day-to-day life and chill out and relax on a remote, tropical island in your own little sanctuary…but without travelling to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to do it.

Sit back and relax, or take a boat out to do scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, the opportunities are endless here.

If you’ve ever fancied a trip to The Great Keppel, here is everything you need to know about visiting the island and what there is to see and do.

What is Great Keppel Island?

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The Great Keppel island is the largest of eight islands in the Keppel group, located in Tropical North Queensland.

It’s just a short 30-minute ferry ride from the coast of Yeppoon in Queensland, and yet you feel like you’ve been dropped on a remote island miles from civilization.

It’s located at the tail end of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and where you’ll find pristine and healthy coral teaming with brightly coloured fish and marine life like starfish and turtles chilling in Keppel Bay.

The island itself is teaming with native flora and fauna. In fact, 90% of the magnificent island is made up of rugged bushland.

Its wild and untamed habitat attractions more than 100 species of bird, such as kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, curlews, honeyeaters, and many more seabirds.

The island is often referred to by its traditional name, Wop-pa, given to it by the Woppaburra people, the island’s traditional owners.

Is Great Keppel Island Worth Visiting?

beach with island in the distance

Great Keppel was pretty much our last stop on our road trip around Australia. It was the perfect place for us to unwind and soak in the epicness of our journey with a stunning setting sun and a chilled vibe.

We only had two days on the island, which I don’t think is enough time to unwind fully, but still, a wonderful place to visit for a getaway regardless of your available time.

Many people pop over for a day visit, but we recommend extending that and staying in a beach cabin with ocean…

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