Great Keppel Island

About Great Keppel Island Events – “The GKI”

For many years, CQ athletes have looked out across Keppel Bay and wondered “why don’t we have an event on Great Keppel Island?”.

Wonder no more, the frogs are heading to the island!

A weekend packed full of fun and adventure.

Day 1 – Ocean swimming (1, 2, 3, 4 &5km events). Water safety is paramount with water craft and paddlers in the water. Followed by an afternoon of fun activities.

Day 2 – Trail running/hike (various distance options) across the island, including “The Full Keppel“, which is 27km and takes you all the way to the Lighthouse (but there’s no “house”, so it’s more of a “light” than a lighthouse).

Events are relatively non-competitive, however – we will have a little prize money on the Fulle Keppel and all participants will represent their Local Government area in “The Southern Reef Regional Challenge”


To maximise event participation “athletes” and their support crew are encouraged to spend the weekend. We endeavour to organise travel, accommodation and meal packages and will provide further details on the event information page once these are available.

Travel to Great Keppel Island is via ferry from the Roslyn Bay Marina (Yeppoon). You can do a day trip to the island and event times will fit in with ferry arrival and departures times.