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“Holiday Village, a great place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Fisherman's Beach, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Holiday Village, a great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We have just spent 9 days at Great Keppel Holiday Village and had an awesome time.
The weather was sensational, the beaches are some of the best we have seen. The accommodation was simple but very comfortable and relaxed. The facilities were terrific and Geoff and his staff could not do enough to make our stay more enjoyable. We are from Melbourne and we found the coral reefs to be snorkelling paradise. We swam, snorkelled, kayaked and went on many walks. We have now swum with turtles which was really special. The late afternoon boat tour of the island with Geoff was a real highlight. Thanks again Geoff and all the workers for making our holiday really special. We will watch with great interest how things unfold on Great Keppel in the coming years.
The island has got such a friendly feel at the moment. Hoping this remains forever!
Stephen and Marie

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I have just returned from 5 days on this truly lovely island! The weather was perfect, my little "nest" for the days ...tent 5...was very comfortable, queen bed, secure from elements.
Communal kitchen was fun, engaging with delightful backpackers from all around the world. Bathrooms clean, hot showers...although not needed with all day swimming and water activities.
I attempted stand-up paddle boarding early one morning...and experienced a serendipious moment as I stood up for the first time...as 2 dolphins were playing not 5 meters away..! and 2 sea eagles circling above them! Geoff, our host and all the young staff, were extremely helpful and fun, going out of the way to make the experience unique. Thankyou to all. Piri, Melbourne, Victoria

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We wanted a quick break away and had the fun of re-discovering Great Keppel Island (GKI) whilst using the Holiday Village as our base. Geoff runs a relaxed but comfortable village. From our ferry pick-up to our drop off at the ferry, nothing was too much trouble. The kitchen is kept in good order and the surrounds are very peaceful. We were there during the Easter school holidays and there was plenty of room for everyone. We stayed in a tent and were very comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maroochydore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We were blessed to experience a fantastic stay at Great Keppel Holiday Village. Geoff and his staff were just like family, nothing was too much trouble. The tents are very comfortable,full size real beds with sprung mattresses, very clean with fan, lights and great balcony to sit out and enjoy the native possums and wildlife. Showers were hot and clean. The island is paradise with white sandy beaches great diving,swimming and crystal clear waters and bush walking for ever. Great value perfect place for a recharge with nature. We will be back ASAP this time for longer.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My wife and I have recently returned from a small stay in a fantastic spot at great Keppel holiday village we originally only intended 1 night stay but we stayed 2 , if we had more time and had taken more food we would have stayed longer . However the the 2 nights was certainly enough to convince us to make a return trip sometime in the future , we stayed in a tent room and it was fantastic it was clean and well set out , and certainly 5 star relaxation . They provide free snorkelling equipment and let me say it certainly is amongst the main attractions on the island , the wildlife including turtles is fantastic coloured reef fish galore and coral reefs in abundance . The water is very warm and crystal clear . It is a bush walkers paradise as well , if you are prepared to make the effort you can walk for half an hour and have the best beaches to yourself , absalutly fantastic . If you do want to go over to the island for a few days make sure you take adequate food and refreshments , pleasure is garanteed , oh and take care of the bloody possums and goannas as they are sometimes to friendly

Room Tip: There are no air conditioners at the village so I preferred the tent rooms rather than the cabins as...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Holiday Village on Great Keppel Island with our 2 boys over Christmas this year. We loved it! It was one of the most relaxing, unpretentious places we have ever enjoyed. Although basic ( part of the charm) the amenities and fully equipped kitchen were always clean and well kept. No high heels, hair driers or lipstick here girls! Bring your own food as the few island restaurants are not reliable. We enjoyed the company of a wonderful mix of international and local personalities of all ages. Thank you to our wonderful host Geoff for your hospitality and generous giving of yourself and your time. We hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

These very reasonably priced tents provide for a great jumping off ground to explore this beautiful island in continued commercial decline. The staff is friendly, the ownership attentive, personable and accessible and the public spaces clean and as well maintained as they can possibly be. The generators stay on pretty late. I would chose no other option on the main beach. The island itself is magnificent and a beach going, nature loving bushwalkers' paradise. The infrastructure for long bushwalks onto remote and beautiful beaches is still very much there -- but the people are not. Everyone has disappeared - I found myself hiking with a stick to remove the spiderwebs from the trails. The closure of the main resort is evident thoughout and the impact is undeniable. It does not take long for nature to start to reclaim it's territory. What is your pleasure? Full service luxury where you sit in one spot for eight hours enjoying sugary frozen drinks? You do not belong here until the proposed redevelopment is complete. Do you enjoy the challenge of walking long stretches of long beaches accessible via a network of walking trails with wild goats, blue tongues, snakes, peacocks and possums while catering for yourself? This is the spot for you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fisherman's Beach, Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Great Keppel Island
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Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Great Keppel Island
Number of rooms: 16

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