The second area we are visiting at Great Keppel Island is situated on the Northern side of the isle, at Butterfly Bay. And you guess it, it is deserted, just as we like it, unlike the more frequented beaches on the Western side. It is not for lack of interesting things to do there though. Butterfly Bay is a broad half moon beach offering good fishing, snorkelling at low tide, and reef walking armed with oyster knives offers a tasty feed when you manage to pry the shells open. There are sand dunes to climb, fossicking to be done. We see the less attractive side of beach visitors: an abandoned camp where people left their rubbish behind. But finders keepers, Wade picks up two rather new frying pans, which once cleaned prove to be a good replacement for our old battered one on Take It Easy! The walk across to Wreck Beach, a 1 km crossing to the Eastern shore through the sand blow is hard work in the soft sand, even without the heat and humidity of summer, but the birdlife is amazing along the way. We see rainbow bee-eaters, and yellow-bellied sunbirds, such brilliant colours in these small flitting nectar-eating birds.
Wreck Bay when we saw it was a very tranquil, welcoming spot. At one end of the huge beach we found rusty relics of a ship that met its demise, evidence of what can happen if you don’t keep a sharp lookout for reefs around these parts. Here is a selection of images taken during our wanderings there.