Halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, the relaxed tropical city of Mackay is close to pristine beaches and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Mackay is also Queensland’s premier coal region, producing 50% of the state’s coal.
This region has low crime rates and reasonable prices. The cost of living in Mount Isa is about 5% higher than in Brisbane, though this is offset by higher income levels. Townsville is the largest city in northern Australia and boasts a relaxed lifestyle in a tropical climate. It is also the commercial, industrial and transportation hub for the region.
This region takes in the coastal hinterland areas between Caloundra and Gladstone. It has unique natural advantages, with an enviable climate and proximity to the major trading and service centres of South East.