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With a backdrop of clear blue skies and the sparkling Coral Sea, The Mackay Region is home to many islands ready to self-explore. 

The Mackay Region offers travellers the exciting opportunity of exploring a host of off-shore unspoilt tropical islands ready to explore. Situated at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage is the beautiful Brampton Island which is designated national park and dotted with hoop pines, open grasslands, woodlands, sheltered bays and fringed by twelve glorious beaches. With privacy and relaxation assured, embark on an island getaway to Brampton aboard your own boat. Located just next door is Carlisle Island, a destination to discover magnificent melaleuca forests as well as a perfect place for wilderness seekers to pitch a tent, roll out the swag and camp under the stars. 

Other islands of interest include the popular Keswick Island where you will marvel at the colourful coral reefs, white sandy beaches, native grass trees and blue tiger butterflies!

60 kilometres north-east of Mackay is Scawfell Island which is surrounded by pristine coral gardens and home to an ancient Pleistocene reef and sandy beaches located on the western side of the Island.  Just off the coast of Seaforth are Newry, Rabbit, Outer Newry, Acacia, Mausoleum and Rocky Islands – wild and windswept with rocky, exposed headlands and sandstone cliffs! With an array of impressive islands to discover, a trip to Mackay wouldn’t be complete until you get out on the water and enjoy these spectacular scenic sights! Find out more about Mackay Islands below. 

Keswick Island

girl on beach KINestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and just a stone’s throw from Mackay, is a truly natural wonderland – Keswick Island. Visit Keswick and discover its natural treasures of national parks and tropical rainforests, fringed by white sands and a coral reef bursting with vibrant marine life. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and diving in one of our many beaches and coves. 

Experience nature first hand:

  • Learn about our fascinating bees and sample some of their unique honey.
  • Marvel at the swarms of vibrant blue butterflies.
  • Wonder at the amazing humpback whales as they pass close by on their annual migration.
  • Spot a turtle cruising in the clear waters.
  • Explore one of our many bushwalking tracks that will reward you with spectacular views.

Or simply relax and enjoy the serenity. Accessible by private boat and or charter plane (ex. Mackay).


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