Great Keppel Island, located off the coast of Central Queensland, has had a long and varied history. In its heyday, it was one of Australia’s most glamorous and sought after holiday destinations with its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches luring visitors from all over Australia and the world.
In 1979, a resort was built on the island to capitalise on its popularity as a tourist destination. It was an impressive facility, with two hundred luxury villas, two restaurants, three bars, two swimming pools and even a golf course. The resort enjoyed many years of success, attracting waves of visitors who wanted to experience the island’s tropical paradise for themselves.
However, over time the resort began to decline in popularity as newer resorts opened up elsewhere around Australia. In 2003, the owners of the resort declared bankruptcy and put the island up for sale. Despite numerous attempts by various developers to purchase the island and redevelop it into a new resort, none were successful due to financial troubles or disagreements with local authorities.
In recent years there have been further efforts to revive Great Keppel Island’s former glory as a tourist destination but none have come to fruition yet. The resort still remains closed and despite ongoing negotiations between local authorities and potential developers there is still no firm plan in place for when or how it will be reopened in the future.
Conclusion: What happened to the resort on Great Keppel Island is that it declined in popularity over time due to competition from newer resorts around Australia. It eventually went into bankruptcy in 2003 and despite numerous attempts by various developers since then to purchase the island and redevelop it into a new resort none have been successful due to financial troubles or disagreements with local authorities. There have been further efforts made in recent years but so far nothing has come to fruition.