Summary: Monkey Beach is a popular for snorkelling on Great Keppel Island, with the Great Barrier Reef easily accessible from the beach. The bach has very high and varied coral cover.

One of the more popular beaches on Great Keppel Island, Monkey Beach is popular for snorkelling as it has exceptionally high coral cover, with over 35 coral species. The 550m long beach faces south-west and sits in a protected bay, bordered to the south by Monkey Point.

Reached by boat or by foot, many of the Great Keppel Island tours use the sheltered bay for snorkelling and SCUBA diving. So there’s a high likelihood that you’ll have the beach to yourself, although there may be a few boats anchored in the bay. You can snorkel from the beach, with the Great Barrier Reef not too far offshore.

Getting to Monkey Beach

You can reach tbe beach by boat… or via a bushwalking track at the southern end of Fishermans Beach (the main beach). The track climbs steadily up the headland, soon passing a side-track down to Shelving Beach.

At the top of the headland another track descends to Long Beach, while the track to Monkey Beach descends steeply down the side of Monkey Point to reach the beach. (There are a few “Dangerous Track” signs, which seem a bit excessive as while the track is steep in places, it’s fairly well defined and there’s not much loose scree.)

More information

For more beaches, bushwalks and activities on the island, have a look at Woppa-Great Keppel Island – from party island to nature retreat.

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