Often when we are holidaying, we visit a place that we say we could live in and Yeppoon is one of these towns. It is such an awesome place that we decided to return again for a second time this trip.
It was a no brainer to return to Cool Waters Holiday Village at Kinka Beach to stay with Paul and the team. The kids love the pool, water slides and were entertained throughout our stay at the park, you cannot ask for more than that as a parent!
We owe a massive thanks to Paul (one of the managers of the park) for his amazing local knowledge and recommendation to try the best ever boat trip to Great Keppel Island for the day. He personally rang them and organised our boat trip plus he even drove us to the terminal to meet the boys on the boat and the rest of the team at Freedom Fast Cats. Thanks Paul, we owe you big time!
What an awesome day. We jumped on the biggest and best cat that was in dock, cruised over to the beautiful place that is GKI and literally parked up on the crystal white sands of the beach but in no time, we were strait onto the glass bottom boat with the host Max and cruised over some of the magical reef and coral that lies beneath.
After Max showed us around for over an hour we had some free time to have a look around the island then back onto the boat for a big BBQ buffet lunch and the kids didn’t hold back – I lost count of how many plates they had.
After lunch, I was chatting to the skipper John as he was taking us to a sheltered bay for some snorkelling when a couple of whales cruised passed in the distance. They had a play for a few moments and put on a show for us, splashing around. Then it was on with the flippers and snorkels and straight into the deep end.
Kye, Jack and I jumped into the deep blue and splashed around ourselves. Looking into the clear water we saw a sea turtle, a couple of rays and multiple kinds of fish swimming below. I couldn’t believe how brave Jack is. He dived in with us. That boy has no fear.
The day was full of excitement and entertainment. As we cruised back to the main beach of KPI to pick up others, the boys on the boat hang a big rope net out the back of the boat while it’s still going. Jump in and hold on they say. It’s called boom netting and Jack and Charlie took to the net like fish to water. Even the big kids had a crack at it and it was a hoot!
They day was capped off with a quick cruise back to the wharf where unfortunately we had to get off and head back to camp. It was an awesome day and GKI is a must see if you head to Yeppoon and haven’t been out that way before. You don’t have to do all the activities you can just walk around the island at your own pace or even stay a few nights. It was certainly a highlight for us on this trip.
That night back at the caravan park, we and fellow travellers were treated to a show presented by Bob, one of the lads who works at the park. He presented a show on bush poetry around the camp fire while enjoying a beer for happy hour. He is a talented man and kept the crowd entertained for a few hours. Both Kye and I have had some of our greatest memories here, including the caravan park, boat tour and Yeppoon itself.
Next stop is Maroochydore, 580 long kms away. Where is all the time going? Just over 2 weeks to go and so much more to see……………Be good! – JC