Car: not necessary
Keswick Island is a picturesque island in the southern half of the Whitsunday group, located 32 kilometres north-east of the tropical Queensland city of Mackay.
The island covers an area of approximately 530 hectares with the majority designated as National Park. Keswick is part of the pristine Cumberland Group of islands which include St Bee’s Island, Aspatria Island, Scawfell Island, Calder & Wigton Islands & Cockermouth Island. Brampton Island lies 7 kilometres to the north.
Keswick Island is separated from nearby St Bees Island by the deep waters of the Egremont Passage, where the Eucalypt woodlands host a healthy Koala colony. These Koalas have been the topic of research by Queensland Universities & San Diego Zoo.
Visitors can enjoy the islands pristine natural beauty with activities such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, beachcombing and bushwalking. Walking tracks in the National Park wind through pockets of tropical rainforest to its pristine beaches.
The island is fringed by colourful coral reefs and abundant marine life which provides excellent conditions for diving or snorkelling at mid-low tide. Three wreck sites, including the protected historic wreck sites of “The Singapore” & “The Cremer” are located within easy reach by boat.
Humpback whales can be frequently seen around the island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between July & September.
The closest transport hub is the city of Mackay. The island has a sealed airstrip and is accessible from Mackay Airport via a short 12 min plane flight or from Mackay harbour by private boat. Moorings are also available.