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Keswick Island

Most visitors to Mackay are surprised to learn that one of the southern-most Whitsunday Islands can be visited directly from the Mackay coast.

Keswick Island is situated 32 kilometres from Mackay and is accessible via the water from the Mackay Marina, or by air. Keswick Island has a privately owned airstrip, so it is possible to arrive by plane or helicopter direct from Mackay. Enjoy a day on the tropical island or choose to stay on the island at a welcoming guesthouse.

A spectacular jewel in the Coral Sea, Keswick Island is truly a tropical paradise. Most of the island is national park and sub-tropical rainforest, therefore is home to an abundance of colourful flora and fauna. Many bush walks throughout the island provide the opportunity to gain spectacular views across the Whitsunday water. The island is fringed by white sandy shorelines, with coral reefs within swimming distance, perfect for snorkelling.

The nearby reefs are teeming with marine life, including vibrantly colourful coral gardens. Keswick Island also offers divers a unique experience, as there are three shipwreck sites all from within half an hour of the island to explore. These wrecks are a fascinating piece of the region's history.

Meals and basic grocery needs can be purchased on the island and golf buggies, kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also available for hire.

Humpback whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September.

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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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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