Our Region

Renowned for our relaxed lifestyle, the Whitsunday region boasts beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, swaying cane fields and earthy colours of the historic outback. Our region covers the four main townships of Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine with a number of rural & coastal communities, and residential areas scattered in between.

Did you know you can find Whitsunday mapping information on Council's Planning Portal?


- Population 35,357
- Rateable properties 19,002
- Median age 30-39
- Families 14,953
- Average household size = 2.35


- Land area 23,819 km2
- 514km of coastline
- 11 rivers
- 120 parks and open spaces
- 84,801 ha of national parks
- Approx 1,708,100ha Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area (Whitsunday)
- Average temperature min 24.9 max 30.4


- Estimated workforce 15,805
- Top employer tourism
- GRP estimated at $3.0B
- Industry output $5.9B
- Mining largest economic output

Fun Facts

  • The Ngaro Aboriginal people likely lived in the Whitsunday Islands as many as 8,000 years ago.

  • The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2600 km, is comprised of more than 2900 individual reefs, and can be seen from outer space

  • Whitehaven Beach is consistently rated as Australia’s #1 beach and as the 5th best in the world.

  • The Whitsundays is home to over 75 species of animal/plant that are endemic to Queensland. 

  • We have our own Wallaby, the Proserpine Rock Wallaby. This Wallaby is a true Whitsundays local and is not found naturally anywhere else in the world! 

  • We don't have four distinct seasons. The Whitsundays usually experiences a wet hot summer and a dry mild winter. Daytime and nighttime temperatures typically only vary 5-10 degrees! 

  • 40% of all reef visitation comes through the Whitsundays - the “Heart of the Reef”.

  • ‘Walk the Landscape’ and read the Proserpine Catchment Story.