Our Economic Profile

As the gateway to the world renowned Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent 74 Whitsunday Islands, the Whitsunday Region has one of the fastest growing populations in Queensland.

Boasting a strong and diverse economy driven by the tourism, agriculture and mining industries, the Whitsunday Region has the potential to become the economic powerhouse of North Queensland.

Due to the strength of the local economy, the region’s population is expected to exceed the State’s annual growth rate, resulting in a resident population of 50,000 by 2036, and a visitor population of just under 5 million people each year.

Whitsunday Regional Council is creating a new economy, which will see massive capital investment into a number of regional Game Changing projects, including:

- Whitsunday Trade Coast and Airport Precinct;
- Whitsunday Marine Centre of Excellence and Maritime College;
- Shute Harbour Redevelopment;
- Lake Proserpine Barramundi Fishing and Tourism Development;
- Airlie Beach Luxury Hotel and Conference Precinct;
- Regional Water security Infrastructure Projects; and
- Mine, Rail and Solar Projects in and around Collinsville. 

The Bruce Highway is the major transport corridor running from Mackay in the South to Townsville in the North, and the region is less than two hours by air from the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

The Whitsunday Region Economic Profile details a wide range of statistical information about our region, using the latest available data. The user-friendly tool allows users to drill down to specific segments, compare benchmarks and identify trends over time – all of which can be downloaded for your convenience.
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For further information, or more complex economic analysis, contact a member of our Economic Development Team at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au, or on 1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753).
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