Keppel Sands - Beach in Keppel Sands Rockhampton QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Keppel Sands QLD

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... Read more

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.

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Information

About

Keppel Sands, QLD 4702

Length:
1.3km

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

Beach Key:
 qld1386

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Seawall

Weather

Saturday 21, Oct 10:53 pm

Day 24°    Night 19°
21.4°C
Rain

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore south of Cape Capricorn in the evening.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Cape Capricorn later in the evening.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning.

Tide

9 am
4.17m
3 am
0.57m
9 pm
3.80m
4 pm
0.85m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Sunday 22, Oct

Day 23°    Night 19°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres offshore southern waters, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
4.07m
3 am
0.70m
10 pm
3.56m
4 pm
1.01m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Oct to Sat 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre offshore southern waters.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Cape Capricorn.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm
Sun 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm
Mon 23rd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:10 pm
Tue 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:20 pm

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.

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