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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

      Fri, 30 Sep 09:00 am

      ROSSLYN BAY NTC (12 km)


      Mostly sunny.
      23.20 °C
      W/15 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      FriSatSunMonTueWed
      26° 19° 26° 16° 26° 18° 27° 22° 25° 20° 26° 18°

      WATER

      24

      Issued at Thu, 29 Sep 14:24

      SWELL FORECAST

      Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      Monday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • W
        17 km/h
        0.5m
      • W
        15 km/h
        0.3m
      • WSW
        14 km/h
        0.4m
      • E
        16 km/h
        0.5m
      • SW
        8 km/h
        0.2m
      • NE
        17 km/h
        0.9m
      • WNW
        13 km/h
        1m
      • SSW
        12 km/h
        0.7m

      Rockhampton issued at Thu, 29 Sep 17:58

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, tending southwest to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots from the west during the morning then tending north to northwesterly in the afternoon and evening.
      Swell:
      Southerly around 1 metre offshore southern waters.
      Seas:
      1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
      Weather:
      80% chance of showers in the morning. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm in the morning. Sunny afternoon.

      UV INDEX

      13



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        02:42
        0.55m
      • high
        08:39
        3.98m
      • low
        14:52
        0.66m
      • high
        20:47
        4.22m

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      Rosslyn Bay issued at Fri, 30 Sep 09:44

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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