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Keswick Island

Keswick Island is situated 32 kilometres off the tropical city of Mackay and is the southern most island in the Whitsundays. With the majority of the island designated national park there are several walking tracks that lead to secluded beaches and with stunning views along the way.

With the average water temperature between 20-25 degree year round; the sheltered bays are perfect for exploring the colourful coral gardens and a myriad of tropical fish rating amongst the best in the Great Barrier Reef. Keswick Island also offers divers a unique experience, as there are very few places in Australia where you have the potential to dive three wreck sites all from within half an hour of the island.

Accommodation is available on the island with flights from Mackay by arrangement and boating day trips operate every weekend. Meals and basic grocery needs can be purchased on the Island and golf buggies, kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also available for hire.

Keswick Island,
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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.

Llewellyn Dive Site

East Mackay, Mackay Area
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Exciting wreck diving is to be had at the historic 'Llewellyn' site, east of Mackay on the Great Barrier Reef. The steamer was last seen departing Cape Capricorn Lighthouse on 17 July 1919 and disappeared during heavy gales as it sailed from Rockhampton to Bowen. The location of the vessel remained a mystery until 1997, when the shipwreck was located 35 kilometres east of Mackay.

Keswick Island

Keswick Island,
Keswick Island is situated 32 kilometres off the tropical city of Mackay and is the southern most island in the Whitsundays. With the majority of the island designated national park there are several walking tracks that lead to secluded beaches and with stunning views along the way. With the average water temperature between 20-25 degree year round; the sheltered bays are perfect for exploring the colourful coral gardens and a myriad of tropical fish rating amongst the best in the Great Barrier Reef. Keswick Island also offers divers a unique experience, as there are very few places in Australia where you have the potential to dive three wreck sites all from within half an hour of the island. Accommodation is available on the island with flights from Mackay by arrangement and boating day trips operate every weekend. Meals and basic grocery needs can be purchased on the Island and golf buggies, kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also available for hire.

Brampton Islands National Park

Brampton Island, Mackay Area
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Brampton Island National Park, at the southern entrance to the Whitsunday Passage, consists of Brampton and Carlisle islands. Rocky headlands dotted with hoop pines, open grasslands, woodlands, sheltered bays and long sandy beaches make these islands some of the most scenic off the Queensland coast. The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected. Both islands are important turtle rookeries. Walking tracks traverse the Brampton Island's many ecosystems, from open eucalypt forest on ridges and sheltered slopes to the dense vine forest in gullies and valleys. An amazing display of marine life and coral surround the islands. Dense eucalypt forest clothes Carlisle Island, and rainforest thrives in its sheltered gullies. Bush camping is available on Carlisle Island. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. It is recommended to book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting. The park is part of the sea country of the Ngaro people, which stretches north to the Whitsunday islands.

Shoal Point

Shoal Point, Mackay Area
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Shoal Point is the most northern beach of the Northern Beaches and is approximately 15 minutes from Mackay City Centre. Shoal Point offers a beachfront, shady picnic area with views to the islands, Cape Hillsborough National Park and the Hibiscus Coast. It also provides excellent reef fishing; the more open sections of the beach are the spots for whiting, bream, trevally and flathead.

Brampton Island

Brampton Island, Mackay Area
Sitting at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage, Brampton Island is a blue water, white sand tropical island haven. Almost entirely National Park, Brampton has seven glorious beaches and its own coral reef. Brampton Island has an abundance of native bush and wildlife, including kangaroos. Explore the island on a leisurely bushwalk through the National Park. Snorkelling safaris exploring Brampton's coral gardens are one of the many ways to enjoy the remarkable blue waters of the Whitsundays.
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