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Keppel Sands
Queensland
Beach at Keppel Sands (low tide), 2016.jpg
Beach at Keppel Sands (low tide), 2016
Population 360 (2016 census)
 • Density 10.50/km2 (27.2/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4702
Area 34.3 km2 (13.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Livingstone
State electorate(s) Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Localities around Keppel Sands:
Coorooman Zilzie The Keppels
Coowonga Keppel Sands The Keppels
Joskeleigh Joskeleigh Coral Sea

Keppel Sands is a coastal rural town and locality in the Livingstone Shire, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Keppel Sands had a population of 360 people.

Geography

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Pumpkin Creek

Keppel Sands is the southernmost town on the Capricorn Coast. The town is located in the Livingstone Shire Council local government area, 676 kilometres (420 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

Separated by Coorooman Creek from the larger towns of Emu Park and Yeppoon to the north, Keppel Sands is a charming village-style township centred on fishing and holiday making. Facilities in Keppel Sands include a hotel, caravan park, motel, Australia Post outlet, local store, and two boat ramps. The Coast Guard are located at Pumpkin Creek at the southern edge of the town.

Keppel Sands is home to many retirees and is a popular location for fishing and crabbing.

History

Looking south on Schofield Parade, Keppel Sands, 2016
Housing along Schofield Parade (esplanade), 2016
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Savoy Theatre, 2011

Originally known as Sandhills, Keppel Sands has long been a popular beach to visit for people from Rockhampton and the surrounding area. Over the years beach huts and weekenders gradually gave way to the more permanent housing of today. Boarding houses were popular until the road improved and daytripping to the beach became possible. The Savoy Theatre was a place for both movies and dances.

Mount Barlow Provisional School opened in 1903 and became Mount Barlow State School on 1 Jan 1909. It was renamed Sandhills State School about 1930 and then renamed Keppel Sands State School about 1938.

Keppel Sands Post Office opened on 1 September 1927.

Near to Keppel Sands is Joskeleigh which was home to a large South Sea Islander community, imported as indentured labourers from various islands in Melanesia and Polynesia in a process known as blackbirding.

Education

Keppel Sands State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1325 Keppel Sands Road (23°19′39″S 150°47′11″E / 23.3276°S 150.7863°E / -23.3276; 150.7863 (Keppel Sands State School)). In 2015, it had an enrolment of 19 students with 2 teachers and 3 non-teaching staff (1 full-time equivalent). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 27 students with 3 teachers and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

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