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Biodiversity & Environmental Protection

Keswick Island’s pristine environment shelters a disease-free bee population, provides safe passage to migratory whales and is home to numerous native plants and animals.

Greaton Keswick strongly believes that any development on the island should strive to retain the ecological viability of all current species. Where possible, populations, their habitats, endemic fauna and mature plantings should be preserved.

Steep sloped eucalypt woodland, grass trees on grassland ridges, rainforest gullies and sheltered coral beaches combine to give the Island a special wilderness character. It is intended that this character should be retained. The awareness of community and appropriate control of development through the Keswick Island Design Guidelines and Build Code and the Architectural Review Committee.

Any development should preserve the island’s current biodiversity, inherent aesthetic landscape and natural water course.  The key to retaining the wilderness character is to preserve as much of the indigenous vegetation as possible during development.  Strict controls on clearance of lots are designed to preserve the vegetation, prevent erosion and maintain the character.  For new construction there will be a preference for materials which are in keeping with the wilderness character of the island.

Island transport is limited to golf buggies which are preferably electric powered. They are more efficient and handle the terrain better than unleaded buggies.  Cycling and walking is encouraged.

About Keswick Island Community

Keswick Island supports a small community that lives and works within the idyllic surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Area. Only a stone’s throw from Mackay, the island is a unique place to call home or to which owners can regularly escape. Learn more about living at

About Keswick Island

Nestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and only 32km off the Mackay coast lies a world of undiscovered treasures. Keswick Island is a natural wonderland – a world of national park and tropical rainforest, fringed by white sands and a coral reef bursting with vibrant marine life. Keswick Island is, no doubt, the most unspoiled of all the populated residential islands of the Whitsundays. Live here, visit here, relax here. Whatever you are looking for, the answer is hidden right here on Keswick, the Treasured Island.