The Whitsundays- More than just a
Who wouldn’t want to live in the Whitsundays? It’s astoundingly beautiful, has a heavenly
average temperature that’s neither too hot nor too cold, and whether you’re on the islands or
the mainland there’s plenty to keep you occupied – if lying on the beach in your spare time
doesn’t taker your fancy.
With a steady population growth of between 3 to 7 per cent, people from far and wide are
realising the Whitsunday region is much more than just a holiday destination.
“The outlook for growth in the Whitsundays remains stronger, not only for the tourism sector
but also agricultural industries and mining industries located in the Mackay and Bowen
hinterland” Whitsunday Shire Council Development and Environmental Services executive
manager Manfred Boldy says.
For the Whitsundays, this means continued interest from people seeking long-term
residential opportunities and a strong developing service economy.
Draw cards in the Whitsundays are many. Apart from the abundant beauty and leisure
opportunities it is increasingly being seen as a great base from which to manage a range of
businesses. The Whitsundays is readily accessible to most business centres around
Australia; the area has an ever increasing pool of talented and creative local business and
trades people, and a quality of life that many other places can only talk about.
Home to about 17,000 people, the Whitsundays is located 1,100km north of Brisbane and
600km south of Cairns. The town of Airlie Beach is a famous backpacker haven and it is the
most popular launch point for trips to the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. The rural
town of Proserpine, and the coastal settlements of Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Shute
Harbour, all form part of the Whitsunday Shire along with 74 magnificent resort and national
park islands and other regional settlements both coastal and rural.
In the 12 months to the end of June 2007, REIQ figures show the median house price for the
Whitsunday region was $400,000, up 143.2% over five years. In Cannonvale it was $459,250
(up 141.9% in five years).
In the same period, the median Whitsunday region Unit and Townhouse price was $330,000,
up 148.6% since the June quarter 2002. Cannonvale was $315,446 (up a whopping
The long term property outlook for the region remains very positive due to a strong local
population growth, a growing tourism industry and a limited supply of land.