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Keppel Sands

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
qld1386
Includes Beaches:
Keppel Sands
State/Region:
QLD - Keppel Sands
Post Code:
4702
General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 ( Least hazardous)

Beach

Keppel Sands is a quiet beach settlement located 15 km off the Emu Park Road and 40 km from Rockhampton. The road ends at the Sands and, apart from the locals, not many tourists make it out to this quaint, older style settlement. The Sands are surrounded by wide Cawarral Creek to the north, extensive tidal flats to the east and the long, swampy beach ridges of Cattle Point to the south, while mangrove-filled tidal creeks make up much of the backing land. It is essentially a land island by the sea.

The main Keppel Sands beach (1386) is 1.3 km long, faces east and is bounded by the northern 40 m high, conical headland and a southern protruding, 30 m high headland. The beach is backed by the bulk of the settlement, two rows of streets, then the backing mangroves and Pumpkin Creek mouth at the southern end. The beach has experienced some erosion and a rock seawall lines much of the beach. Between the seawall and the road is a narrow foreshore reserve which widens a little to the northern end, where there is a car park. Toilet blocks are located at each end of the beach. The beach consists of a narrow high tide beach fronted by several hundred metres of tidal flats. Waves average less than 0.5 m and calm conditions are common.

Swimming

Keppel Sands is the most popular beach but only useable at high tide, while the point beach can be used at high and low tide.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

Keppel Sands is a fishing community, with most fishing taking place in the creeks and the bay. The best boat access is via Pumpkin Creek, where there is a boat ramp and a few jetties. You can only fish from the shore at high tide.

General

An out of the way, older style settlement, with a caravan park for visitors.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
30

Location

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  • Parking Parking
  • Seawall Seawall

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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Hazards

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Today 21° wind SE/17 km/h

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YEPPOON (22 km) issued at Thu 24 Jul 11:30 (EST)

WATER

19

Issued at Thu, July 24 07:01

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Keppel Sands issued at Wed, July 23 22:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

5

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    1:56
    1.01m
  • High
    7:33
    3.40m
  • Low
    13:43
    0.80m
  • High
    19:56
    4.27m
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Rosslyn Bay issued at Thu, July 24 00:00 (Local Time)

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TODAY'S RADAR

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