Updated: Sep 14
This post was prompted by reading an article entitled 'How telecommuting is changing Australia's housing market' (27 August 2019).
I believe the growing trend towards telecommuting may well impact on the Whitsundays region more significantly than other places - particularly with regards to real estate values - largely because of a combination of good accessibility (despite its relative remoteness), climate and physical attractiveness.
With regards to the first point, note that Airlie Beach has three airports within an hour and a half's drive (Mackay, Proserpine and Hamilton Island), and is but a small detour from Australia's main highway and its parallel railway line.
See also this more recent article (27 May 2020) regarding Sydney buyers now choosing coastal properties