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This beautiful region is famous for its tropical beaches and world famous island destinations, scattered throughout the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The urban centres provide numerous dining options, from casual waterside meals to rainforest retreats, hotels and cafes.There are also golf courses, theatres and entertainment venues offering international and local performances and weekend arts.
The Mackay and Whitsunday region has experienced population and economic growth fuelled mainly by global demand for sugarcane and resources mined in the western areas. In the Whitsundays, tourism is the largest sector, with an emphasis on lifestyle and high quality food production.