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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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1 July 2017
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

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24 June 2017
Eat Local Week is a showcase of the people and produce of the Scenic Rim. Experience the food and wine of this fertile region, which produces a bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, milk and gourmet products such as olives, cheeses, jams and relishes.

Homespun Bazaar

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28 October 2017
Homespun Bazaar is a music festival and market event, focused on all things handmade and homegrown which is set to be full of colour, sound, smells and interesting things to see and do. All in the beautiful surrounds of the Scenic Rim's Kooralbyn Valley.
27 May 2017
Artists of The Scenic Rim open their Studios throughout the months of May and June, allowing visitors to see them working in their studios. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Most of the artists work in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions.
20 May 2017
Artists of The Scenic Rim open their Studios throughout the months of May and June, allowing visitors to see them working in their studios. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Most of the artists work in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions.
3 June 2017
Artists of The Scenic Rim open their Studios throughout the months of May and June, allowing visitors to see them working in their studios. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Most of the artists work in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions.
13 May 2017
Artists of The Scenic Rim open their Studios throughout the months of May and June, allowing visitors to see them working in their studios. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Most of the artists work in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions.

A World Apart

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27 May 2017
The Scenic Rim is a farming and national park region just to south of Brisbane, and is the setting for "A World Apart - not just a food and wine festival". Follow the experiences on the wooden signposts to discover local food and wine, beautiful gardens and mountain views.
6 May 2017
Artists of The Scenic Rim open their Studios throughout the months of May and June, allowing visitors to see them working in their studios. Studios are open from 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Most of the artists work in the studios is for sale, and the majority of artists are able to undertake commissions.
17 June 2017
The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular featuring the Fassifern Highland Gathering is a event showcasing the iconic Clydesdale Horse, celebrating the traditions and heritage of 'the breed that built the nation' and a celebration of the rich Scottish heritage and history in the region.
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