As well as being the longest beach on Great Keppel Island, Leekes Beach is also very picturesque and is considered one of the best beaches on the island. Despite being relatively close to Fishermans Beach (the main beach), it feels very remote and there’s a good chance you’ll have the beach to yourself.
The beach is almost 2.5km long; the western half of the beach is backed by bushland, while the eastern half is a narrow isthmus of sand that separates the ocean from a large tidal lagoon.
Getting to Leekes Beach
The beach is reached via a couple of bushwalking tracks (which can be combined into a 5km circuit).
Via Putney Beach
The easier and most scenic route starts at northern end of Putney Beach, with the track ascending gradually over the headland; there are some nice views over Leekes Beach towards the end.
The very last bit of the track is quite steep (there’s even a rope to assist, which is not really needed), before you emerge onto the beach at the western end.
Via The Lookout
The alternate access takes a steeper trail up The Lookout, before descending a wide track that finishes near the middle of Leekes Beach. (The track down to Leekes Beach has no signage, but is fairly obvious.)
For more beaches, bushwalks and activities on the island, have a look at Woppa-Great Keppel Island – from party island to nature retreat.