A Little-Known JewelJust 32km NE of Mackay, Qld
Appreciate The Natural Wonders Of Keswick Island
This southern-most Whitsunday Island is a wonderful, unique place to visit to escape the hustle & bustle of city life. Relax & breathe the fresh air while you unwind & ground yourself.
If you truly want to getaway from the rat race, Keswick Island is the place to visit to ease your worries away. Come and meet the friendly locals as you walk along the beach collecting flotsam and jetsom.
If you’re a shopaholic who likes to spend each morning at cafes, then Keswick isn’t for you just yet… You can bring your own coffee, but there are no shops open to the public at this time. We expect improvements in the coming years and our blog will publish updates. We look forward to meeting you in the future!
📸 Photo credit: Mark Fitz Photography
Who would have thought that such an amazing phenomenon could result from a cyclone? (Apart from plentiful water). Under certain post-cyclone conditions, we welcome millions of butterflies to Keswick! Enjoy the splendour of seeing skies full of Blue Tigers, Swallowtails & more.
Say Hello to Basil Bay
📸 Video credit: Andrew Gregory Photography
It’s not surprising that everything revolves around the tides on Keswick with a 6 hour turnaround up to 6m in summer.
Low tide is a great time to slip on your reef walkers and walk around the foreshore of Egremont Passage or out from Basil Bay. You’ll see exposed coral, plants and marine life in the shallow rock pools.
A photographer’s dream — there’s always something to snap with your camera. The Arthur Bay walk starts from Basil Bay and across the rainforested headland, then back via the beach for a cooling swim. It takes about an hour to complete.
Keswick is abundant with a broad cross-range of animals including more than 60 bird species. You can’t help but watch them as they fly by and listen to their calls by day and night.
Keswick Island is home to disease-free Caucasian bees and the hives are an interesting spot to visit and learn about their importance.
Enjoy snorkelling to view and photograph the coral reefs & marine life surrounding Keswick. Coral Gardens and the northern end of Egremont Passage are good spots. Bring your snorkelling gear, sunscreen and insect repellent with you to Keswick.
For the fit and adventuous there are seven walking trails on Keswick that you can explore. With a hilly terrain, morning is the best time to hike unless you have a golf buggy. Some of the trails are off-road so water and sun protection are required.
Connie Bay, Langton Point Lookout past Horseshoe Bay Lookout and the hilltop are the furthest distance to walk, but worth every step. Eagle View Place Lookout is the best location for sunset photos or a game of boules or finska. Basil Bay beach or green are also good spots for a game of cricket or frisbee.
Whale WatchingExperience the spectacle July-September every year!
How To Get To Keswick
Island Air is the local charter company that flies guests out to Keswick Island. Located at Casey Avenue at the old Mackay Airport, they have modern planes that seat up to 5 passengers. It’s a 12 minute scenic flight to Keswick with experienced pilots that have flown to Keswick many times over the years.
Flights are expensive, so if you’d like to consider sharing a leg of the charter to reduce the cost, please contact Julie, our local flight coordinator, direct here >>.
The cheapest way to reach Keswick is by private boat. The trip from Mackay can range from one hour in a motorised vessel to several hours via yacht. There are six moorings located in Horseshoe Bay and several more in Homestead Bay on neighbouring St Bees Island.
We’re hoping to see a new charter boat service operating transfers to Keswick in 2020.
Always check the tides before you come and especially when planning holidays. You don’t really want to be caught in hot weather when the tides are out every day (each fortnight)…
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