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Great Keppel Island
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Persons: 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 32171
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: June 1, 2018

Volunteer 3 hours/day - live on a paradise island on the Great Barrier Reef!

We are looking for volunteers over the age of 20 to work in our eco friendly holiday village. You will work 3 hours a day from 9am to 12pm and then have the rest of the day to enjoy the gorgeous Great Keppel Island.

The work will be anything from cleaning, housekeeping to gardening.
In exchange you will receive free accommodation in a 2 person safari decked tent (with a double bed for couples or 2 single beds), fully equipped with 24 hour electricity. Snorkelling gear is provided to enjoy the amazing reef and marine wild life.

We have a fully equipped communal kitchen and outdoor barbecue, with all the cooking equipment you require. You will need to provide your own food. Bring it with you from the mainland or use Coles online shopping which delivers to Keppel Bay Marina.

Applicants must be responsible, clean, tidy, trustworthy, hard working and go about their work in a professional manner. It's also important to be happy and smiley as you are working and living in a holiday place.
It isn't required, but persons with a background in carpentry, building, plumbing, painting, electrics and landscaping would be a plus.

The minimum stay is 2 weeks and people looking to stay for longer will be considered based on quality of work and a happy cooperative attitude. Couples particularly welcome.

**About the Village**
It has been operating since 1998. Our desire is to offer you a work placement with a difference in a down-to-earth and friendly environment. The village is nestled in palm and gum trees and is less than a minute's walk to two beautiful white sand beaches. We operate a tranquil and peaceful environment, free of TVs and radios, although the island has excellent Telstra and Optus phone reception.

Our accommodation is simple and basic, yet comfortable and cosy, giving you a feeling of being away from the fast pace and worries of the world. We promote getting out in the day and exploring the many reefs and snorkelling spots where turtles, stingrays, dolphins and reef sharks can be seen amongst an array of other fish. Bush walks and trekking are big attractions for the island along with 17 immaculate and nearly deserted beaches.

**The Island**
Great Keppel Island is one of those places that is forgotten and passed by in people’s travels. The island sits among a group of Great Barrier Reef National Park islands off the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland. It lies 15km across Keppel Bay from the town of Yeppoon (a 30-minute ferry ride) and is 45km from Rockhampton, the closest major city – halfway between Fraser Island in Hervey Bay and the Whitsunday Islands near Airlie Beach.

The Keppel Island Group consists of 14 islands, with Great Keppel Island being the largest (43 kilometres in circumference; approximately 3,500 acres). The majority of the other islands are National Parks, some available for camping with a required camping permit. Due to the central location of Great Keppel Island, we enjoy a warm, sunny climate and safe swimming beaches year-round.

Visitors to the island step ashore to unspoilt bushland surrounded by 17 white sand beaches, private coves, and pockets of fringing reef, excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Ninety percent of the island is bushland with many bushwalking tracks to explore the interior and have access to secluded beaches. There are enough activities to keep you busy or choose to simply relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the bushland and beaches away from the main activity of Fisherman’s Beach.

Dolphins are often seen close to the main beaches during winter months and the occasional whale makes an appearance in the bay on their yearly migrations. Brush tail possums are numerous, as well as blue-tongue lizards and goannas. Birdlife is varied with white-breasted sea eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys, pied oystercatchers, beach curlews, honeyeaters, rainbow bee-eaters, pheasant coucals, friarbirds, and of course, the lovely and ever noisy crows, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets – guaranteed to wake you up in the morning !

If you feel this place is for you, we will be happy to hear from you.


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