Keswick Island

Keswick Island

Keswick Island

Known as the treasured island, Keswick Island can be found just a stone’s throw from the tropical city of Mackay.
Keswick Island is a tropical paradise filled with national parks, rainforests, white sands, and a coral reef bursting with marine life.

Keswick Island is situated 32 kilometres from Mackay. There are regular ferries from Mackay to Keswick Island, alternatively, the Island has a privately owned airstrip, so it is possible to arrive by plane or helicopter.

The Island offers accommodation to suit all and is very reasonably priced. Choose between a large, self-contained Beach House, fully catered guest house, glamping tent or pitch your own tent in one of the designated camping areas. Whichever you decide, you are guaranteed a room with a view as all accommodation options face the Coral Sea or neighbouring Cumberland Islands.

Getting around the island can be done by hiring a golf buggy or you may decide to burn some extra calories by walking around everywhere. Exploring the islands surrounds is best done by boat or kayak. We recommend making Keswick Kiosk your first visit when arriving on the Island. Here you can access information, tips and hiring option for your stay. The kiosk overlooks the stunning Egremont passage so you may be tempted to sit down for an iced cold beverage or a snack whilst you are there.

Once on the island, there are several activities to enjoy including-

Snorkelling/ Diving

Are you a keen diver or snorkeller? Discover the incredible underwater world with 20 beautiful dive sites around the Island, including four known shipwreck sites! Or hire yourself some snorkelling equipment and check out the beautiful fringing reef, we recommend Connie Bay and Coral Gardens


For the keen fisherman, Keswick Island is the perfect spot. Keswick Kiosk offers information, fishing equipment, bait, and fuel, and can assist with moorings. With no shortage of coral trout, parrotfish and other reef fish, you are sure to catch yourself a tasty seafood dinner! 

Boating/ Kayaking
The protected coves of Keswick offer several safe anchorages, and great areas to explore by boat or kayak. 

There are many walking trails on the Island for you to check out! Follow trails through tropical rainforests, uphill climbs that reward you with magical views, or along sandy beaches and fringing reef at low tide.

Whale Watching
Humpback whales can often be spotted around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between July and September.

As one of the lesser-visited Islands, this is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a peaceful outdoor adventure holiday.

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