Welcome to North Keppel Island

The Centre is an educational facility that: 


  • was designed to promote respect, care and concern for self, others and the natural environment
  • is situated on a National Park Island
  • is totally surrounded by the waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
  • houses one of Australia's largest stand alone alternative energy systems
  • utilises and demonstrates a range of water and energy efficient products and processes
  • has easy access to a diverse range of terrestrial and marine ecosystems
  • focuses on environmental education, or education outdoors
  • encourages the appreciation of, and participation in, indigenous people's culture knowledge and their experience of the environment.



The Centre has developed and applies its own (voluntary) Island Biosecurity Plan, which includes encouraging visiting schools to pre-visit study and adopt island biosecurity practices before their arrival at the mainland terminal for island departure. NKIEEC staff also interpret and reinforce ‘Be-Pest Free!’ principles and procedures to visitors before boat boarding, upon island arrival and also during classroom and practical sessions while on North Keppel Island.


Staff welcome

Roger SearlPrincipal

On leave.

Bill Bowering, teacher

Hello, my name is Bill and I am a teacher at NKIEEC. I have worked at this location since 1999 with the exception of 2005 when I taught at a year seven class at a large local primary school. I enjoy the opportunities I get to work with the variety of age groups that visit this spectacular setting. 


Andrew Gill, Acting Principal

I have been working at NKIEEC since 2010. Before that I worked extensively in state schools for eleven years. I grew up in the area and take great pride in coming and working in such a beautiful location. Every day at North Keppel is a new adventure and I am always excited to share that with willing students. Thanks to Andrew for regularly contributing to the centre facebook site.


Lee Fisher, teacher

Lee has a wealth of experience as a teacher in environmental education centres.

Graeme Crigan, Boating Officer

I have spent a lifetime on or around the sea, a keen surfer, sailor and professional seaman. I have been the “Skipper” of the Centre’s vessels 'Impact' & 'Gundoo Spirit' for nearly eleven years and have vast experience in supporting the Centre and visiting school groups with their marine based activities. I am always happy to chat to students and explain how 'Gundoo Spirit' and her electronics work. Some people think I have the best job in Education Queensland!

Ian Miller, Unit Support Officer

I was born in Yeppoon and grew up at Farnborough. I went to Yeppoon State and High Schools. After leaving school I started work as a deckhand on a commercial fishing vessel and attained qualifications in handling vessels up to a length of 20 metres. I also gained a good understanding of our oceans. In July 1996, I commenced at North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre as Unit Support Officer. I am responsible for the grounds and the infrastructure of Centre including one of Australia’s largest stand alone alternative energy sites. I enjoy working in this role which includes being Skipper on the Centre's vessel “Gundoo Spirit" on weekends and when Graeme is on leave. I enjoy working with all groups that visit the Centre. My hobbies include 4 wheel driving and I enjoy National Parks as much as possible. I am a member of Capricornia Bushwalkers Club.

Graham Channells

I am the permanent part-time clearer and relief Unit Support Officer at the Centre. Born in Yeppoon, Queensland. I have spent the last 15 years living and working on various Islands along Queensland’s Eastern seaboard. During this time I gained commercial boating qualifications and experience along with scuba diving to add to my trade in electronics. Formal study includes video and film production, photography and horticulture. I have also worked as a professional musician, playing guitar, keyboards and percussion. I am passionate about conservation and the environment and to this end am fully committed to what NKIEEC has to offer today’s children as they will be tomorrow’s citizens.

Thanks Graham for providing many of the high quality photos that appear on this website.

Lia Larose

I am a permanent full time cleaner.

Christine Wilson, Business manager

Christine is the office business manager and predominantly manages the booking for the centre. 


Gary Holmes

Website/ facebook support. 


Last reviewed 14 November 2019
Last updated 14 November 2019