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.
There are four beaches around the settlement; two are essentially tidal flats and two are main beaches. Beaches 1384 and 1385 both face north across the mouth of 1.5 km wide Cawarral Creek. The first beach (1384) is a 500 m long, north-west facing spit of sand that extends south of the northern Keppel Sands headland. The beach ends at a small car park, beyond which it grades into mangroves. West of the car park and behind the mangroves is the Keppel Sands caravan park. The beach is fronted by almost 1 km of tidal flats, then the deep creek channel. There is vehicle access to the beach, which is used at high tide to launch small boats. On the north side of the headland is beach 1385, a 100 m long, north facing strip of sand fronted by linear rock formations, a 100 to 200 m wide sand flat and the deep channel. It is only accessible on foot from the adjoining beaches.
Beach Length: 0.5km
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