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Keppel Sands

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Originally named 'Sand Hills' when it was first settled in the late 1800s, Keppel Sands was founded on fishing and farming. To this day it remains an idyllic village-style township with a unique way of life.

40kms from Rockhampton via Emu Park Road, Keppel Sands is somewhat isolated by geography from the more tourist-oriented coastal towns to the north.

That said, the challenges of that isolation have made Keppel Sands rather unique, and I would go so far as saying, very special.

For a town of only a few hundred people, Keppel Sands is surprisingly self-contained. It has a local store, hotel with accommodation, a primary school, and caravan parks. There are several picnic areas plus showers and toilets at each end of the beach.

Keppel Sands Culture & Geography

The history of Keppel Sands is closely interwoven with that of its near neighbour, Joskeleigh. As a result, both towns have a robust and culturally rich South Pacific Islander community.

Both towns are also part of a larger closeknit rural community that extends to the township of Cawarral, taking in Coowonga, Tungamull, and Mount Chalmers.

Keppel Sands is separated from the nearest coastal town of Emu Park by the broad-mouthed Coorooman Creek. Although only 8kms separates the two centres by sea, the distance by road is 35kms.

Due to Keppel Sands' location, and despite being a coastal town, residents tend to identify more with Rockhampton as their nearest 'big smoke' rather than Yeppoon. The local high school children also go to Rockhampton.

On the southern fringe of Keppel Sands is Pumpkin Creek, and 25 kms further south is the Fitzroy River.

All of these life-giving waterways impact Keppel Sands, making it a popular fishing ground, and the vast shallow beaches are a haven for families with young children.

Accessing Keppel Sands

Keppel Sands Road is the only bitumen road into town and joins with Emu Park Road at Tungamull, approximately half way between Rockhampton and Emu Park. Diagonally opposite the turnoff is the road to Cawarral which joins with Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road. Further access from Yeppoon is via Tanby Road on the way to Emu Park.

In extreme wet weather, Keppel Sands Road is prone to flooding near the Joskeleigh turnoff, and during prolonged monsoonal weather, the road can be impassable to all traffic for several days.

Via Boat: Keppel Sands has an all-tide boat ramp at Coorooman Creek, and a tidal ramp at Pumpkin Creek. The Coast Guard is located at South Head with access via Pumpkin Creek.

Vehicles are not allowed on the beach except at the Coorooman Creek boat ramp for launching and retrieving boats.

Photo Gallery: Keppel Sands ~ Pumpkin Creek to Coorooman Creek

Mouth of Pumpkin Creek at South Head
Pumpkin Creek at South Head
Rocks at the southern end of Hidden Beach
Rocks at Hidden Beach
Hidden Beach at Keppel Sands
Hidden Beach, South Head
Hidden Beach at Keppel Sands
Hidden Beach, South Head
Keppel Sands Coastguard
Keppel Sands Coastguard
Kayaking north past South Head to Keppel Sands main beach
Rounding South Head
South Head at Keppel Sands
South Head, Keppel Sands
South Head and southern end of Keppel Sands Main Beach
Keppel Sands Beach South
Keppel Sands Main Beach
Keppel Sands Main Beach
Keppel Sands Main Beach
Keppel Sands Main Beach
Santa helps the Keppel Sands Rural Fire Brigade
Keppel Sands Fire Brigade
The Savoy Theatre at Keppel Sands
The Savoy Theatre
Keppel Sands from 3 kilometres offshore
Offshore Keppel Sands
Kayaking offshore at Keppel Sands
Offshore at Keppel Sands
Keppel Sands Main Beach across the sandbar
Keppel Sands Beach
A long sandbar stretches eastward beyond the horizon at Keppel Sands
Keppel Sands sandbars
A long sandbar stretches eastward beyond the horizon
Keppel Sands sandbars
The long sandbar at Keppel Sands
Keppel Sands sandbar
The main sand bar at Keppel Sands
Keppel Sands sandbar
Parked the kayak on the sand bar off Keppel Sands
Keppel Sands Kayaking
Massive sandbar creates a wide channel driving fish inshore at Keppel Sands
Sandbar at Keppel Sands
Massive sandbar creates a wide channel at Keppel Sands
Channel at Keppel Sands
Shallow water kilometres offshore from Keppel Sands Main Beach
Keppel Sands shallows
Shallow waters two kilometres offshore from the mouth of Coorooman Creek
Offshore Coorooman Creek
Shallow waters two kilometres offshore from the mouth of Coorooman Creek
Offshore Coorooman Creek
Andrew goes walkabout on the long sandbar at Keppel Sands approximately three kilometres offshore
Walking on sandbars 2kms offshore
North Head Beach and Keppel Sands Groyne
North Head Beach
North Head at Keppel Sands
Musa Head, Keppel Sands
Kayaking off Keppel Sands
Kayaking off Musa Head
Sandbars form a shallow channel off Keppel Sands Groyne at North Head
Shallows at Musa Head
Mouth of Coorooman Creek at Keppel Sands
Mouth of Coorooman Creek
Mouth of Coorooman Creek at North Head, Keppel Sands
Musa Head, Keppel Sands
North Head Beach at Keppel Sands
North Head Beach
Pelican in Coorooman Creek
Pelican in Coorooman Creek
Low tide at Coorooman Creek, Keppel Sands
Coorooman Creek
Coorooman Creek at Keppel Sands
Coorooman Creek
Coorooman Creek Boat Ramp at Keppel Sands
Coorooman Creek Ramp
Coorooman Creek Boat Ramp at Keppel Sands
Coorooman Creek Ramp
Getting ready to kayak across Coorooman Creek at Keppel Sands
Kayaking the Coorooman
Getting ready to kayak across Coorooman Creek at Keppel Sands
Kayaking the Coorooman

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Have a brilliant day,

Andrew Thompson.



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