Urban centres: Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach

Population: 182,000

Post codes: 4707, 4721, 4737 – 4805

Key industries: Agriculture, mining and tourism

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.

A smart cities overview is available for Mackay, which provides information about housing, infrastructure and liveability.

Living in Mackay and Whitsunday Islands


Images of Mackay and Whitsunday Islands


Every day feels like a holiday in the Whitsundays. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
You won't have to travel far to experience some of the regional wildlife. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Indulge in some of the freshest produce available anywhere in Queensland. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.