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Campsites open up on idyllic Keswick Island

Campers Candy, young Charlie and Steve from the Darling Downs, QLD relax at their campsite on Keswick Island.
Campers Candy, young Charlie and Steve from the Darling Downs, QLD relax at their campsite on Keswick Island. Andrew Gregory Photography

IF SITTING under the stars on a picturesque island sounds like paradise...it is, and it's closer than you think.

Just 32km from Mackay is the idyllic island of Keswick and it has just opened up new campsites.

"It's a great way to discover the natural treasures of Keswick Island," CEO of Keswick Developments, Eytan Udovich said.

Nestled among trees and close to the calm waters of Basil Bay, its the perfect way to get back to nature.

"You can explore during the day and at night you can sit around the fire and watch the spectacular sunsets. You are not interrupted by lights from ...any town so it's pitch black and then you look up and there is a beautiful starry sky," Mr Udovich said.

A coral reef on Keswick Island. Photo Andrew Gregory Photography
A coral reef on Keswick Island. Photo Andrew Gregory Photography Contributed

The non-powered sites range in sizes from 5m x 5m or to larger sites of 6m x 10m with campground facilities and also facilities at nearby Basil Bay Beach.

Visitors can bring their own camping gear or hire from the island.

"It's great for couples, groups or families and it's a new feature on the island that hasn't been made available to anybody before," Mr Udovich said.

With costs from $20/night per site, it makes this unique adventure possible for everyone.

"People don't realise, that they can experience a back-to-nature experience on Keswick Island" he said.

For those who like more luxury, Keswick Island also has fully self-contained accommodation and there are other private houses available.

Megaforce Charters is also operating day trips to the island from Mackay each weekend with specials running for November.

Overlooking Basil and Arthur Bay on Keswick Island.
Overlooking Basil and Arthur Bay on Keswick Island. Contributed

Nicole Dempsey of Megaforce Charters, said guests could travel by boat or air and there was plenty to do. when you get there.

"They can self-explore or enjoy snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking or diving and we do a barbecue lunch for guests. It's your chance to disconnect and do as little or as much as you like".

For more information call Keswick Island Developments on 1300 889 290 or Megaforce Charters on 07 4955 5290.

Topics:  camping keswick island mackay outdoor-living


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