This is possibly the most difficult review I have had to write.
The island is so beautiful and we most certainly experienced the bushwalks and deserted beaches during our few days stay. There are some amazing sights to be seen and some incredible lookouts. We went on a two or so hour bushwalk and saw the tracks of turtles who had laid eggs in the sand dunes, wild goats, fed possums and Rosellas. We recommend the bushwalk to the Lookout and then down to Leekes Beach. Beautiful! We had to scale some rocks on the beach at high tide to get back to our Cabin which was really exciting!
The mess that humans have made on this island is deplorable. Our boat arrived in the middle of Main Beach and the first sight was the closed down Great Keppel Island Resort with its construction fences and empty pools. It was as if you could feel the ghosts of good times gone by, from when the island was in its hayday.
Keppel Haven itself has so much potential! It made my husband and I want to give it a huge clean up. We were upgraded to the Honeymoon suite which is smack bang on the beach, but also smack bang in the middle of the staff quaters. The manager to one side, groundskeeper to the other and behind a couple of young backpackers who were cleaners. The room was neat, clean and had most things that we needed. The room is advertised as fully self contained and contains fridge, freezer, aircon, cooking materials, drinking water provided by Management. There is no clothes dryer or washer. No condiments so ensure you bring your own. We took all of our meals prepared so we would microwave or re-heat them to save cooking time. We had a meal at Keppel Haven Bistro which was around $22 per meal. A basic bottle of wine was roughly $20 and a glass of spirit $10. The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is apparently on request.
Management themselves go by 'Island Time' (their words, not ours) which I believe is just an excuse for laziness. They arent the most professional bunch around but very friendly.
In the end, go if you are wanting some beautiful bushwalks, gorgeous beaches because this is what will make this holiday great. The island is somewhere that I probably wouldnt visit again but am glad that I did.
- Also Known As:
- Keppel Haven Hotel Great Keppel Island