"Visit the Great Barrier Reef without leaving a footprint."

Need to know

    • 7 self-catering units or the whole island for up to 34 guests
    • Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia
    • Sustainable island retreat, perfect for the ultimate escape or larger parties undertaking special celebrations.
    • Check-out time: 2pm, but island departure varies due to the timings of the tide to allow boat access
    • Hotel closed dates: February (approximately – cyclone season)

We love

  • Powering down your electronics and escaping everyday life
  • Snorkelling with the resident turtles
  • Enjoying The Waterline Restaurant’s Keppel Bay King Prawns, cooked on your terrace BBQ with sunset views
  • Book the entire island for celebrations or weddings, including having a local chef join you and cater for your party.

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

Enjoy a seafood platter on arrival, delivered to your accommodation from The Waterline Restaurant.

Top Secret

Pumpkin Island is located in one of the most celebrated and cherished ecosystems in the world. The island management understand the necessity of maintaining and upgrading conservation standards and, as a result, Pumpkin Island is Australia’s only carbon-neutral island.

Origins

Pumpkin Island was ‘won’ in 1961 over a game of poker with a friend (and owner of the island). The island was established as a tourist destination in 1964, before being sold to its current owners in 2003.

The Review

The moment you step off the boat, feel the sand between your toes and the gentle waves splashing around your ankles, you’re in a different world. Owners Wayne and Laureth are out on the beach, waving you in, awaiting your arrival onto their private island escape.

Located on the southern Great Barrier Reef Marine Reserve, Pumpkin Island relishes its surroundings and ensures that tourism here is done properly. The focus with Wayne and Laureth is sustainability and ensuring the impact they make on the local area is a (carbon) positive one. Wind and solar power provide electricity on the island, and freshly filtered rainwater provides drinking water for guests.

There are seven self-contained units on the island, each individually designed, but all with sunset views and spectacular outdoor terraces to host your party around the BBQ. If you don’t feel like doing the grocery shopping yourself, then have The Waterline Restaurant do it for you, with their pre-prepared food arriving with you on the island, ready to be tossed in a salad or quickly cooked on the BBQ.

With the island totalling just six hectares, there’s a seemingly perfect balance of still being able to enjoy private strolls along the beach or enjoy a locally brewed ale in the Sunset Lounge with the other guests. Alternatively, grab one of the glass-bottomed kayaks and make your way around the whole island in a couple hours. The only other residents you’ll see whilst kayaking are the turtles and dolphins, with migrating whales waving from a distance.

Location

Pumpkin Island

  • Address: Pumpkin Island, Keppel Islands, Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia.
  • Travel info: Fly into Rockhampton Airport (ROK) from Brisbane, Cairns or Gold Coast. Keppel Bay Marina is then a 40 minute taxi ride, before boarding the Pumpkin Xpress ferry to your private island retreat.

Key Features

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • Beach

  • Bar