A Thriving Economy

Driven By Tourism And Agriculture

Driven By Tourism And Agriculture

The Wide Bay-Burnett region is home to two of Australia’s most profitable industries, agriculture and tourism. Famous for sugar cane, the region is a major food bowl, producing a diverse range of fruits and vegetables. Juxtaposed to this, is a thriving tourism industry lead by the Great Barrier Reef attracting visitors from all over the world.

A Tourist Haven

With so many things to do and see in this naturally beautiful region, including the Great Barrier Reef, Mon Repos Turtle Hatchery and the national parks of the Sandstone Wilderness, it’s no wonder the region is enjoying record a number of visitors helping greatly boost the local economy.

Agricultural Powerhouse

As well as the region being famous for sugarcane, Bundaberg is the tomato capital of Australia with zucchini, squash, cucumber, capsicum, strawberries and many more growing in abundance. The regions agricultural industry is one of Australia’s strongest.

The Region

Situated 15km from Bundaberg.

Bundaberg airport caters to Qantas and Virgin flights.

Estimated Gross Regional Product (GRP) for Bundaberg region was $4 billion in 2013/14.

Annual economy growth of 0.4% with Mining increasing (5.5%), Health Care & Social Assistance (4.2%), Retail Trade (2.0%) Construction (2.0%) and Financial & Insurance Services (1.2%).

Reputed best climate in Australia with an average temperature of 22ºC in July to 30ºC in December.

More than 1.18 million domestic tourism visitors in 2014.

Economic impact from tourism:

  • $676.5 million in output
  • 5,645 jobs supported
  • $334.8 million in value added

Economic Profile

There are many key areas and businesses throughout the Wide Bay-Burnett that contribute to the economic strength of the region. Download Bundaberg Facts and Figures for more information.

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