The small and very sheltered Shelving Beach on Great Keppel Island is popular for swimming and snorkelling. The Great Barrier Reef can be easily reached from the beach, and it’s also a good place to see stingrays and turtles.
Many of the Great Keppel Island tours stop at the sheltered bay for snorkelling and SCUBA diving.
Getting to Shelving Beach
The beach is reached either via a very short boat ride from Fishermans Beach (the main beach), or by taking the Monkey Beach bushwalking track which starts at the southern end of Fishermans Beach. The track climbs steadily up the headland, but after a short distance the track down to Shelving Beach is reached. (Ignore the “Dangerous Track” sign at at the start; the track is a little steep in places, but it’s not a hard walk.)
For more beaches, bushwalks and activities on the island, have a look at Woppa-Great Keppel Island – from party island to nature retreat.