Yowah is ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ 165 kilometres west of Cunnamulla. It is the home of the Yowah Opal Nut and the Ironstone Matrix Opal, an opal type to be found only in this part of Queensland.

Opal was first discovered here towards the end of the 19th century and production still continues. It could be your lucky day, so stay a while. This hard red country that produces some of the world’s most spectacular opal also produces a stunning display of wildflowers.

Stay at the Artesian Waters Caravan Park and then set about enjoying your time in this small community. Try your hand at fossicking to find your own colour in the fossicking area adjacent to the town. Visit the Bluff and marvel at the views of the surrounding country and the magnificent rock formations for great photo opportunities and spectacular sunsets. Local birdlife abounds so why not join a birdwatching tour with a knowledgeable local.

You can test your skills on the Golf Course, have a game of tennis and rest afterwards with a coffee at the RTC Cafe or at the Artesian Waters before sharing a meal at the Community Fireside Barbecue where everyone is made feel welcome. Enjoy a “borebath” in the Artesian Waters open air baths under the painting of stars which use the sky as their canvas. You can also soak in the new community Artesian Spas during your visit to yowah.

Yowah, Paroo Area
Queensland
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Bees on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies.

Keswick Island Dive Site

Keswick Island,
Mackay is not generally well known as a dive destination, but with offshore islands and reefs it certainly has the potential for some great diving. However, there is one location off Mackay that is regularly dived, the wonderful Keswick Island.

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.

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.

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.

Basil Bay on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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The beautiful Basil Bay is Keswick Island's prime swimming beach. Located on the western side of the island, Basil Bay boasts crystal clear water at high tide, crisp white sand and gentle shade trees - making it an idyllic spot to enjoy your quintessential island adventure.

The Singapore Shipwreck Dive Site - Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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The Singapore was bound for Sydney from Hong Kong when she struck what is now called 'Singapore Rock' sometime in January 1877. Fortunately, no lives were lost. The Singapore was a 964 ton single screw steamer with a length of 87 metres and a width of 10 metres.

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.

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. This 34 metre long, single screw coastal steamer was last seen departing Cape Capricorn Lighthouse on 17 July 1919 and disappeared during heavy gales as it sailed from Rockhampton to Bowen.

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.
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