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Great Keppel Island

Thursday, May 22, 2003
Alright single, fun and adventurous party animals … pack the Berocca because we're heading for fun in the sun!

Great Keppel in the Coral Sea is the largest of the Keppel Islands. Just 13km off-shore, it is not part of the Great Barrier Reef, but is equal to islands which are. Ninety percent of its 14sq/km is natural bush, and boasts 18 kilometres of fine, white sand beaches.

Accommodation varies from camping to youth hostels, and recently opened is the Contiki Resort. This is a world first for Contiki, who made their mark by taking busloads of 18 to 35 year olds on travels around the world.

As with all Contiki adventures, the island has its CAPs (Contiki Action Planners) on hand to make sure you get all there is to get out of your holiday.

They have three types of accommodation:
  • Hillside villas have ocean or garden views, and are split level twins, doubles or triple share. There is a pool and rooms are air-conditioned.
  • Beachfront rooms are single or twin and are 50m from the beach.
  • Garden rooms are a budget option and come in single, twin or triple.

  • All rooms have irons, tea and coffee makers, fridges, televisions and hairdryers.

    From experience, Contiki know that most of the people who travel with them like to party late and sleep late, so instead of early breakfast, they serve brunch from 9-11am in the main dining room, Aqua. It includes fruit, cereal, pastries, hot selection and juices.

    Dinner is served from 7-10pm, and as well as a la carte, they have themed buffet nights. Maybe a Moroccan barbecue, Mediterranean or Asian with food to match ... This might be in Aqua or around Waves, the pool.

    The Reef Bar is open for lunch and serves wood-fired pizzas, noodles and burgers. A Micro Market is open all day and sells sandwiches, fruit, ice cream, chips and other nibbles.

    If you fancy a cocktail, Splash is the casual day bar, Waves is by the pool and Sunset Bar is the cocktail bar.

    The island nightclub is called Salt, and it is described as Ibiza, Australia-style, so enjoy a little bit of Spain in Queensland!

    If you run out of film or want to take gifts to those you've left at home, Whoosh!! is the gift store at your service.

    There are so many activities to choose from — including those on, in and under the water, plus games to test your ball and racquet skills. There's also bushwalking, but if you just want to relax, there's the chillout lounge and Internet zone. Videos are available.

    The watersports hut is where you can get any equipment you may need and there is a gym if you want to work out and a beauty parlour if you feel like pampering.


    45 minutes from Rockhampton in Queensland.


    Contiki Australia has 7 night packages, including return airfares, transfers, triple share accommodation, dinner daily and over 40 free activities starting at $766 from Brisbane, $829 from Sydney, $899 from Melbourne, $1009 from Adelaide and $1484 from Perth, per person. Valid for travel until August 31, 2003.
    Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

    More information

    Contiki Resorts:
    35 Grafton Street
    Woollahra 2025

    To book, call Flight Centre on 131 600.

    Qantas: 13 13 13

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