Set in the beautiful Keppel Islands National Park, at the southern end of the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the Keppel Bay Islands are a group of 18 small island islands with dramatic scenery and diverse plant species. Seabirds abound here and snorkeling is popular; this place is known for its amazing, delicate corals and colourful fish living in the crystal-clear waters. With plunging cliffs and beautiful secluded beaches, this is a must-do place to visit if in the area. There are three, well marked hikes on North Keppel Island, all of which allow you to discover the wildlife and spectacular beauty of Keppel Bay.
This track begins from the camping area at Considine Beach and it is an out and back trail of 2 miles, winding through open forests and wetlands, mangrove forests and sandy shores with grassy dunes. Along the way there are information signs about the plants found here and their traditional uses. At the Woppaburra shelter, at Mazie’s Bay, descendents of the Woppaburra people, the original Keppel Islanders, share their stories of life on Ko-no-mie.
This trail is graded as Medium, for information on how we grade trails, please click here
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The southern part of the reef starts at Bundaberg which is a 4 hour drive from Brisbane and the reef stretches up to the Capricornia Cays off Gladstone and the Keppel Islands off Yeppoon. Ferries to the main Keppel Island leave from Rosslyn Bay in Yeppoon, about 5 miles from the main centre of town. Once on the island, camping is permitted, although a permit is required and fees apply.
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to the soft terrain, dogs are not permitted due to conservation measures. Avoid probing and touching sea life attached to the reef flats; if removed, it will not survive and please avoid standing on the edges of coral pools as the fragile corals are easily destroyed. Be aware that this is a unique and very fragile environment.