Rockhampton and Great Keppel Island

Rockhampton and Great Keppel Island


Welcome to the Capricorn Coast, home of Rockhampton and Great Keppel Island, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Queensland coastline.

Great Keppel Island is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area along the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland. It lies 15 kilometres off the coast off Yeppoon and is the largest of the eighteen islands in the Keppel Group. 

Rockhampton - or 'Rocky' as it is affectionately known - is proudly referred to as Australia's beef capital because of its close proximity to some of the country's larger cattle stations. It is a coastal town situated on the Tropic of Capricorn in Darumbal country, traditional home of the Darumbal Aboriginal people.

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Don't miss

Planning on staying in Rockhampton on your way to Great Keppel Island and the Great Barrier Reef? Here's what you should see and do while you're here.

  • Visit the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and venture into the Rockhampton Zoo, home to more than 250 native and exotic animals.
  • Make your way to Koorana Crocodile Farm and see powerful estuarine crocodiles shoot vertically out of the water to catch their food.
  • Watch the various wildlife such as birds, dolphins or whales at play on Great Keppel Island.
  • Book a snorkel or dive trip, a sunset cruise or an island drop off - or bring your own gear and adventure out to the 17 pristine beaches with water skiing, wake boarding and tubing trips also offered.
  • Camp in the Keppel Bay Islands National Parks of North Keppel Island.
Great Keppel Island, Capricorn Slip away quietly on a ferry to a little slice of paradise off the coast. Great Keppel Island is small and incredibly charming. Drift away on a hammock with a wine & book, or take a kayak out to explore the island's crystal clear waters. Be careful, the shady pine trees on white beaches may tempt you to never leave.

Where to go

The Capricorn Coast is where bush meets beach. From Rockhampton's bustling streets to Great Keppel's remote island beaches.


With a warm climate and over 300 days of sunshine each year, this is a great city to explore

Originally a port city, today Rockhampton is renowned for its charming streetscapes and historical architecture. You can see examples of this history at St Joseph’s Cathedral, the Post Office and Customs House. Be sure to drop into one of the local restaurants for some of the best steak around - after all this is the ‘beef capital’ of Australia.

Attractions in this region range from the informative to the adventurous, and from the mainland to the deep sea. They include the Rocky Arcade Markets held every Sunday, the Mount Archer Lookout, the Gardens Tearooms and Zoo located in the botanic gardens, Capricorn Caves, Byfield National Park, Cooper Downs Cattle Station, Blackwater BHP Coal Mine and the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

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Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island is one of the Coral Sea's stunning unspoilt gems, boasting a generous spattering of remote sandy white beaches with pristine aqua waters.

With many modern facilities added in recent years, you'll find eco luxury villas, golf course, a premium retail village, day spa and research centre all now available or soon to be launched.

Great Keppel Island is home to 90 species of birds, and dolphins, and whales play in its waters during the winter months. Divers and snorkellers can visit 40 dive locations and see tropical fish, hard and soft coral, friendly turtles, sea snakes, dolphins and giant manta rays. 

Quick facts

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Seasons Seasons

Rockhampton has a subtropical climate with dry humid summers and mild winters. Divided by the tropic of Capricorn, the region is south of the tropics and therefore doesn't experience heavy monsoon seasons or rainfall. It's also far enough north to escape the cold fronts of the south east coast. Average temperatures reach a maximum of 32°C and a minimum of 22°C in summer with temperatures falling to 23-9°C in winter.

Getting around

From the airport

Rockhampton Airport is located only 10 minutes' drive from the city centre. 

Book a taxi or organise a shuttle to get you to the city centre. Contact your accommodation provider for transfers to the islands.

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