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Anchorages of Keppel Bay

The beauty of Keppel Bay is the variety of Anchorages and Islands to explore, and opportunities to get away from the crowds. There is always somewhere you can have an anchorage entirely to yourself.

Responsible Reef Practices for Anchoring & Mooring

To assist those not familiar with the area, some of the more popular anchorages are list below. This is a guide only, please remember always check the tides and the swell and the actual conditions before making anchor.

Anchorages to use in a N to NE wind

  • Mial Island – Southside (day anchorage)
  • Great Keppel Island – Long Beach
  • Great Keppel Island – Fisherman’s Beach

Anchorages to use in a S to SE wind

  • Middle Island – North side (day anchorage)
  • Great Keppel Island – Leekes Beach
  • Great Keppel Island – Svendsen’s Beach
  • Humpy Island – North side
  • North Keppel Island – Considine Bay
  • North Keppel Island – Pumpkin Passage (day anchorage)

Anchorages to use in a SW to NW wind

  • Great Keppel Island – Wreck Beach (day achorage)

GBRMPA Public Moorings are available in Keppel Bay, see their public moorings map for locations and guidelines for use.

Public Moorings to use in a N to NE wind

  • Great Keppel Island – Shelving Beach
  • Great Keppel Island – Monkey Beach

Public Moorings to use in a S to SE wind

  • Outer Rock – North side
  • Sloping Island – North side
  • Great Keppel Island – Big Peninsula
  • Bald Rock – West side
  • Barren Island – North side

Public Moorings to use in an E wind

  • Man and Wife Rocks – Northwest side

For a more extensive guide refer to Noel Patricks Curtis Coast – available from our Chandlery, considered by many to be the bible for cruising the mid north coast of Qld, While the author has sadly passed away it is now published by his daughter, and remains one of the best cruising guidebooks around, in print since the mid 1980’s.

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