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Keppel Sands

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
qld1386
State/Region:
QLD Rockhampton
Post Code:

Length:
1.3km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
keppel sands (north 1)  (0.6km) keppel sands (north 2)  (0.6km) keppel sands point  (0.6km) pumpkin creek  (1.2km) castle bellas  (2.2km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Seawall Seawall

Regulation Symbols

    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.

    Last updated: 08/05/2009 14:04:58

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    Hazards

    • Irukandji Irukandji
    • Bluebottles Bluebottles
    • Chironex Chironex
    • High Tide Range High Tide Range

    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

      Wed, 29 Jun 11:00 am

      ROSSLYN BAY NTC (12 km)


      Sunny.
      16.60 °C
      S/7 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      WedThuFriSatSunMon
      20° 22° 12° 23° 14° 20° 12° 21° 10° 23° 16°

      WATER

      21

      Issued at Tue, 28 Jun 14:04

      SWELL FORECAST

      Wednesday
      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SSW
        11 km/h
        0.4m
      • ESE
        9 km/h
        0.5m
      • S
        14 km/h
        0.4m
      • E
        8 km/h
        0.1m
      • SW
        7 km/h
        0.1m
      • SSW
        12 km/h
        0.2m
      • S
        16 km/h
        0.4m
      • S
        9 km/h
        0.2m

      Rockhampton issued at Tue, 28 Jun 18:28

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the morning and early afternoon.
      Swell:
      Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres in offshore southern waters, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then tending south to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the day. 2nd
      Seas:
      1 to 1.5 metres. 1st
      Weather:
      Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore south of Agnes Water, near zero chance elsewhere.

      UV INDEX

      5



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • high
        04:01
        3.73m
      • low
        10:38
        0.84m
      • high
        16:59
        3.86m
      • low
        23:17
        1.24m

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      Rosslyn Bay issued at Wed, 29 Jun 11:56

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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