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South Cumberland Islands National Park

St Bees Island, Mackay Area

Free Entry 

South Cumberland Islands National Park encompasses nine islands. Rocky, rugged, hoop pine-dominated headlands stand out from open eucalypt woodland and extensive grasslands of the wind-exposed slopes. Protected coves shelter long, sandy beaches, while deep gullies hide remnants of dry rainforest.

Ringed by fringing reefs, many of the islands are important rookeries for flatback and green turtles.

Camp at Scawfell, St Bees, Cockermouth, Keswick or Penrith islands. Scawfell Island has basic facilities. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting.

Open Times

Note: The National Park is open 24 hours however access via organised transfers will be available between 700 and 1700.

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome.

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Keswick Island Cabins and Store

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$162.50 - 250.00
Keswick Island Cabins are located on Keswick Island, The Treasured Island which is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The waters surrounding Keswick Island house the Reef with beautiful tropical fish, turtles and an abundance of marine life a snorkelling delight. The Cabins face the Egremont Passage providing a great location to watch the Humpback Whales passing through in August and September. A great location to sit and watch the whales when season. Their Keswick Island Store is open when they have guests (upon demand). They have ice creams, coffee, chips, lollies, cold drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The Treasured Island is a small island at the southern tip of the Whitsundays, 32 kilometres north east of Mackay. It boasts three sandy beaches each accessible on foot, great for fossicking or you can dive the wreck of the Cremer or the Singapore with ease. All the cabins have a fan, fridge, air conditioning and ensuite. There are two triple bunks, two twin bunks and eight king single beds. There are 12 rooms in total. Each room includes three meals for the day in their self-catered kitchen.

Shoal Cottage

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$160.00 - 220.00
Shoal Cottage is an absolute beach front property. Walk from the front of the house straight to the beach. It is situated beside huge melaleuca trees which are home to many species of birds. There are three bedrooms. Two have a queen bed and the third has two single beds. There is a well equipped kitchen and an outdoor barbecue. There is a boat ramp close by suitable to launch small boats. It is just a short boat trip to a creek for fishing and crabbing. The beach is ideal for walking, with low tide revealing a small reef in easy walking distance. A four kilometre drive away is a small shopping centre with a Foodworks, butcher, chemist, bottleshop, newsagent and gym.

Waterfront Getaway

Dolphin Heads, Mackay Area
From AU$145.00 - 165.00
The Waterfront Getaway has fully self-contained studio units in a block of six facing the ocean and only a few steps to a small beach and the sea. It is very private and surrounded by well maintained lawn and coconut palms. As well as a lovely shady pool and tennis court, visitors can access the resort next door for meals and refreshments, including bar facilities. The unit looks out to the sea and islands which provide exquisite views from inside and out on the patio.

iluka - Mackay Beach Accommodation

Dolphin Heads, Mackay Area
From AU$100.00 - 175.00
Iluka is a fully self contained studio first floor apartment right on the beach facing north to the Whitsundays, It is available for short or long term business, corporate and holiday letting. Dolphin Heads is approximately 15 minutes drive from the city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport. Boasting stunning 180 degree ocean views over Dolphin Heads Beach, the scenic coast-line to the Whitsunday Islands. You just can't beat this location, it is the ideal place for you to come and relax in Paradise. Iluka is walking distance, a few hundred metres, to bars and restaurants. A short drive away is the historic Eimeo Pacific Hotel which has built an enviable reputation as "lunch with a million-dollar-view".
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