Brampton Island

Sitting at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage, Brampton Island is a turquoise water, white sand tropical island haven. Brampton Island is 32 kilometres north-east of Mackay and 50 kilometres south of Hamilton Island. You can access both Brampton and Carlisle islands by private boat.

Almost entirely National Park, Brampton has seven glorious beaches and its own coral reef. The passage in-between Brampton and Carlisle Islands is known as the "Fishbowl" and is a renowned snorkelling area, where reef sharks, turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish can be witnessed.

Brampton Island has an abundance of native bush and wildlife, including kangaroos and is an important turtle rookery. Explore the island on a leisurely bushwalk through the National Park from the open eucalypt forest on ridges and sheltered slopes to the dense vine forest in gullies and valleys.

Brampton Peak is the island's highest point and rises to 214 metres above sea level. The walk from the resort site to Brampton Peak is steep in places, but panoramic views of the mainland and Carlisle Island's steep forested slopes is the reward. Enjoy the tranquillity of nature and rest at one of the bench seats along the way.

There are secluded picnic areas at Brampton's Western Bay and Dinghy Bay West, all have picnic tables and a toilet.

Brampton Island,
Queensland
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Snorkelling on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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The Great Barrier Reef coral fringes Keswick and provides magnificent snorkelling, especially at Connie Bay and Coral Gardens. Keswick's coral reef offers something for everyone, from swim-through caves and deep canyons to wide shallows, teeming with marine life.

Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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.

Scuba Diving on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is a stepping stone to numerous exciting and diverse dive sites. Boat and shore dives can be hand-picked to match the abilities of divers. Shallow-depth shore dives can allow you to explore the spectacular reef, discover shipwrecks that lie off the shores or indulge in great night diving.

The Cremer Shipwreck Dive Site - Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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The Cremer was a 50 metre passenger and cargo ship that was employed in trading with Indonesia, Singapore and China. It ran aground off St Bees Island (nearby Keswick Island) during a major storm in September 1943.

Fishing on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Deep sea and reef fishing at Keswick Island is legendary. The nearby coral reefs, mangrove habitats and protected waters of Egremont Passage attract a vast array of fish. The proximity of the outer reef also boosts the diversity of fish species.

Connie Bay on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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At the far north end of Keswick Island, Connie Bay is a secluded beach of sweeping white sand, turquoise water and fringing coral. Connie Bay boasts uninterrupted views towards the northern Whitsunday islands.

South Cumberland Islands National Park

St Bees Island, Mackay Area
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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. South Cumberland Islands National Park encompasses nine islands.

Birdwatching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is a bird watcher's paradise. The island is home to many different bird species, with sightings of at least 33 different birds documented to date - an impressive variety for an island of Keswick's size.

Brampton Islands National Park

Brampton Island, Mackay Area
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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Brampton Island National Park, at the southern entrance to the Whitsunday Passage, consists of Brampton and Carlisle islands.

Whale Watching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Humpback Whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September. Seeing the whales frolicking nearby, or guiding a newborn calf through the protected waters of Egremont Passage, is a truly magical experience.
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