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Mackay / Whitsundays

There is a lot more to the Mackay region than a subtropical climate and the world-famous Whitsundays. Located midway between Cairns and Brisbane, the Mackay region is one of the top 10 largest-growing regions in Queensland* and boasts all the advantages of a strong resource-based economy coupled with a relaxed coastal lifestyle. The growing population, thriving workforce and continued infrastructure development are driving this robust economy that consistently records growth above the state average. In recent years, the Mackay region is has experienced an unprecedented level of investment, attracting interest from national, international and local investors.

There is considerable diversity among key industries in the Mackay area, making the region incredibly resilient to economic asperity. Major industries include:

  • mining services and technologies
  • advanced manufacturing and engineering services
  • construction
  • marine services
  • agriculture
  • food-processing

Tourism is also a key economic driver for the Mackay region, which boasts proximity to a diverse array of natural attractions, including the Whitsundays and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Source: Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation 2009
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Mackay LGA
Large mining crane and bulldozer in the Mackay region

ImageMackay / Whitsundays at a glance

  • 121,072*
  • 12 hour drive north of Brisbane
  • 1 domestic airport
  • 2 international seaports
  • 3 hospitals
  • 4 tertiary education facilities
  • 4 major shopping centres
Key Events:
  • Wintermoon Festival (May)
  • Mackay Annual Show (June)
  • Mackay Festival of the Arts (July)
  • Bowen Mining and Resource Expo (July)
  • River to Reef Festival (Oct)
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