Svendsens Beach

C.m.b Svendsen's Beach, Great Keppel Island, Great Keppel Island, Queensland 4700 Australia
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Very few places like this still exist in the world. A totally natural, 'away from it all,' friendly island eco set up, with clean comfortable rooms, natural gardens right on the beach - absolute beachfront, with no roads between you and the sea. Hot showers, cooking facilities, wonderful walking tracks, pristine beaches, coral reef snorkeling off beaches, kayak to lagoon. Perfect relaxation.
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C.m.b Svendsen's Beach, Great Keppel Island, Great Keppel Island, Queensland 4700 Australia
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Explore14875004424 wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Svendsens Beach is the most beautiful 5 star Glamping resort.
Everything is spotlessly clean and beautifully maintained and presented.
The hosts are frendley and obliging nothing is too much trouble, we even got to have a sing a long by the camp fire.
The walking tracks around the resort are well maintained with little poems engraved in rock for you to read while on the trail.
I will be going back for more tranquillity, to listen to the sea and the birds.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Need to take the Morning Boat to Great Keppel Island and the Hosts will pick you up in a smaller...
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Response from Svendsen's Beach, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to write this. I know that once guests leave, they go back to very busy lives, and feel so grateful that you wrote a review for us! I'm glad you liked your stay! I don't think it is 5 star - a bit more basic than that - but thank you for your appreciation!
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kerry m wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our third time staying at Svendsons Beach, twice in the studio and once in the glamping tents and won’t be our last!! The pure serenity and beauty of the whole place just keeps on drawing us back. From the hikes or the snorkeling or the kayaking along the beaches you can’t get better!! Just pure peace and relaxation.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Talk to Carl an absolute encyclopaedia of knowledge on the area!
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Response from Svendsen's Beach, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Kerry - so glad you got to relax and rest a bit. You need it with your busy life! And talking of busy - thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. Much appreciated! Had a lovely keyboard practice today and thought of you! Thank you, - and hope to see you soon again!
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dutchy718 wrote a review Sept 2023
Canberra, Australia8 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful setting with stunning views and very comfortable accommodation. Lots of great tracks for hiking and exploring the many bays and beaches. The hosts ensure you have the best experience. The tents here are 'glamping tents' with all you need for a great stay.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Pfparede wrote a review Sept 2023
Brisbane, Australia97 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have no words to describe how incredible this place is.
Lyndie and Carl are amazing hosts and the vibe the place has was just what we needed.
We stayed in the cabin, it has been carefully decorated and has all you need to have a great time, it was sparkling clean and the shower is just enough to feel nice and clean after a day pf walking or on the beach.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Svendsen's Beach, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 13 Sept 2023
I did ask you to write a review - something I haven't done for many years now, but I am so appreciative that you deliberately found time to write such lovely words for us! We certainly loved having you here - you were polite, funny, engaging and considerate guests. So happy that you got to see all those teeny sharks - one of my favourite things to see! All the very best, and thank you again, Lyndie
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Voyage556424 wrote a review Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Svensdens Beach retreat is quite simply one of the most special and unique travel experiences that we have ever had.. and we have been lucky enough to have stay in many highly luxurious, beautiful hideaways across the world! Carl and Lyndie are so delightful ...funny, honest, generous and both wise, natural teachers. We learned about coral and astronomy, we had many memorable conversations, we sing, walked and laughed together. We also had time to relax and enjoy the wonders of GKI..It was a beautiful stay, with two special souls and we will never forget it.

Do NOT hesitate to book, you will not regret it!!!

Thank you so much Carl and Lyndie 🤗
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Spend as much time as possible at this beautiful hideaway!!
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Response from Svendsen's Beach, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Thank you so much for finding the time to write us a review! I so appreciate you giving so freely of you no doubt very busy time. It was a pleasure having you to stay and we hope your year will be lovely! Our place is not the last word in luxury - it is basic but comfortable - but with guests still having to collect their own water for showers, we realise that it is still probably just comfortable camping! But it is close to the beach and on this wonderful island that we love so much. We are all blessed with our time here! Thanks again!
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Paul L wrote a review Jul 2015
6 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at Svendsen's Beach a number of times. It's my favourite spot out of the many Islands I've been to both here and abroad. The setting beautiful, relaxing and no shortage of things to see both during the day and at night. Seeing an Echidna waddle past at night is just wonderful not to mention the Curlews. Carl and Lyndie make you feel at home immediately. Their attention to detail is one of the things that makes it's so personal and special. A large protected bay sits to the front of the eco resort and it's only a 200 metre walk to The Little Beaches and reef. It's common to see turtles and lots of other marine life Lots of walks: Butterfish bay, Wreck Beach and many others. Canoeing is also available. Personally I love the the tents(Glamping really) but there's something to suit everyone. Can't wait to go back!!
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Lyndie M, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 19 Oct 2015
Thank you Paul! You are one of our special guests who keep coming back and believe me we so appreciate your support of our business! We look forwards to seeing you here again!
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Randonne wrote a review Jun 2015
New Castle NH226 contributions114 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Much of what you need to know about this place has been well expressed in other reviews. I just want to make some comments directed at those who are trying to decide where to stay in this region of Australia.

First of all you have few accommodation options on this island. And when you start looking at other islands in tropical Queensland you will find many very high prices, or low review scores, or both.

Facility wise, the tents and especially what they call the studio (actually a good sized bungalow) are very comfortable, beautifully decorated (including Lyndie's original paintings) and the studio is spacious with great ambiance and a nice view from the large front deck. The very clean flush toilet works well and is more than adequate for the number of guests normally in residence. The shower is an interesting camp style in a small building where you lower/raise a canvas bucket, fill it with hot water from a nearby tap and then turn it off and on as you soap up and rinse off - for us, just fine and kinda fun. And the shared camp kitchen is well equipped, each guest has plenty of refrigerator space, a large plastic tub for your own dry goods and a 2 burner gas stove and all the accouterments for cooking. We were there with 3 other guests and had no problem at all working around one another in the kitchen. Just be sure to plan carefully to bring exactly what food you plan to cook and eat (or drink), no more, no less (but fresh, pure drinking water is plentiful there)

Beyond these practicalities, for us Svendsen's Beach was simply magical from the moment Lyndie's little boat pulled up on their private beach. Her husband Carl (Svendsen) has lived here his whole life and between the two of them they have created something very,very special, welcoming and idyllic. Wandering around their grounds is very calming with the beautifully decorated little buildings and landscaping. Then as you walk the island (GREAT walking trails, views and beaches, anything from a short 10 minute stroll to a full day of exploration) you see Lyndie has thoughtfully cleared and marked major trails, placed chairs at overlook points and a number of beautiful smooth rocks all along decorated with her poems, trail names, calligraphy etc.

On top of all that the two of them are gracious, discrete and full of interesting local knowledge. What else can I say? If you want pool bars, (pricey) 5 star rooms/restaurants and a lively social scene then go somewhere else. But if you want a truly magical experience, a place to sooth your soul in the company of kindred spirits, something that will come back to you again and again in your memories and your dreams, then please, spend a few days at Svendsen's Beach.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Isawaturtle, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 28 Nov 2015
Thank you so much for your lovely review! We loved having you as guests and are so happy when people get to see the extraordinary beauty of this place. Hope you get back some day - and wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas! Warm regards, Lyndie
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C J wrote a review Nov 2012
Sydney, Australia1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just spent 4 days at Svendsens Beach, 2nd time I've visited. The closeness to nature there is just so amazing. I snorkelled from the beaches every day, swam with a 1.3m turtle, saw a rare Beach Stone Curlew, had humming birds build a nest outside the window, watched pheasants fly back and forth from the verandah. My friends saw 3 blue tongue lizards. The nature sounds were so layered I made recordings at night. Lyndie and Carl are incredibly hospitable and share enormous knowledge of the area and wildlife. Accommodation is completely comfortable with gorgeous artisan touches from both plus art from Lyndie. I love it there and will be back.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The house is up high with a breeze and views, the glamping tents are right in nature with their...
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ShelleyAngelil wrote a review Dec 2015
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Svendsens Beach for a full week in November, and had perfect weather - sunny, no rain, not too hot. We stayed in the two-bedroomed house, which was extremely comfortable, offering everything we needed in the way of cooking utensils, fridge, reading materials, etc. We also viewed the tented accommodation with communal kitchen which looked simple yet really lovely. Lyndie Malan, who runs the establishment with her husband, Carl Svendsen, has lovingly decorated a lot of the accommodation with her crafts, including her paintings and some beautiful furniture.
We did some amazing snorkelling at nearby Wreck Beach, got shown a fabulous cave by Lyndie and Carl, and at night went hunting for turtles laying their eggs on the beach (November is the time that the turtles make their one trip a year onto the beach to lay.) We also did some kayaking, and quite a bit of walking along the trails that have been beautifully laid out by Lyndie, with places to rest and contemplate the view, beautifully written signage etc. All of this was on offer, but we could just chill if we wanted to, which we found plenty of time to do too!
What is exceptional about this place are the warmth, friendliness and knowledge of Carl and Lyndie. Carl has lived his whole life on the island, and knows everything there is to know about tides and fishing and where is best to snorkel. Lyndie spent years of her life sailing, and knows all there is to know about boats and about any conservation topic. They are very conscious of safety for their guests, whether it is hiring out "stinger suits" or guiding people as to when and where to snorkel. Their love for their environment shines through everything they do. Plus they are fun and entertaining! We spent a few sunsets on the marvellous beach singing while Lyndie played the guitar. Bliss!
I can't recommend this place highly enough. Outstanding.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Isawaturtle, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 14 Dec 2015
Thank you for your lovely review! It seems to me that people who are prepared to exert themselves a bit to explore seem to fall in love with the island. So maybe you contributed to your own enjoyment! And we were so pleased that you were lucky with perfect weather for your whole stay! We enjoyed your company and thank you for coming! We understand that it takes a bit of planning to get here (buying food etc. and it is off the beaten track transport-wise) - so we appreciate it when folks make the effort to come. It was our pleasure having you and your family here and we look forwards to seeing you again someday if you are in Australia again. Kind regards, Lyndie and Carl.
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GordySharr wrote a review Aug 2015
Yeppoon, Australia9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We can't say enough about Svendsen's Beach and the hospitality we received. Every trip offers something different. From whales on the boat ride over and dungeons in the bay to musical entertainment with Lyndie and star gazing on a clear night with Carl. You can walk the many tracks, snorkel the reef or kayak the surrounding area. The accommodation and amenities are immaculate and adorned with Lyndie's natural artwork. If you want a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy paradise in the Keppels we can fully recommend Svendsen's Beach.
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Date of stay: May 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Isawaturtle, Owner at Svendsens Beach
Responded 28 Nov 2015
Thank you for your great review! So glad that you enjoyed your stay! We enjoy having considerate people like you here! All the very best for a great Christmas, Warm regards, Lyndie
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Explore14875004424 wrote a tip Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Need to take the Morning Boat to Great Keppel Island and the Hosts will pick you up in a smaller boat. "
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kerry m wrote a tip Sept 2023
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"Talk to Carl an absolute encyclopaedia of knowledge on the area!"
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Voyage556424 wrote a tip Sept 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Spend as much time as possible at this beautiful hideaway!! "
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mattfirstnational wrote a tip Dec 2019
Redland City, Australia39 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The house looks great, so does the studio & the tents were fantastic"
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Howard wrote a tip May 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ring them direct"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Svendsens Beach
Which popular attractions are close to Svendsens Beach?
Nearby attractions include Putney Beach (3.3 km), Wreck Beach (1.2 km), and Butterfish Bay (0.5 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a water park, barbeque facilities, and boating.
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Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
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