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Shute Harbour


Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach, is a port facility for the transfer of visitors to the Whitsunday Islands and resort destinations. A small residential community, it commands outstanding views from most locations. A selection of holiday homes and one small hotel situated right on the crest of a hill take in some of the best.

The port is one of the busiest small vessel facilities in Australia, and is also a base for bareboat and charter yacht activity. Daily scheduled ferries and water taxi services are offered by commercial operators. A public boat ramp is available, with limited trailer parking, for launching of small private vessels. The public fishing jetty is an excellent spot to dangle a line and try your luck at catching some of the famed tropical Whitsunday fish and squid species.

To get to Shute Harbour, drive east for ten pleasantly winding kilometres through Conway National Park from Airlie Beach. The park itself has a camping and picnic area. There is plenty of paid parking for those heading out to the islands, including an undercover parking station suitable for parking boats, trailers, caravans and more, while you enjoy the islands.

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Ranked #18 of 84 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Airlie Beach

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"Absolutely not reliable "

1/5 Terrible Reviewed 26 days ago

"A bit late but as it was my worst experience on our last trip I want to share what happened to us. First of all: I think you will have a good day once the boat has left the Port. The problem is..." more »

Northshore1505, Dusseldorf, Germany

"Best boat day trip. "

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 2 months ago

"Look. It’s a beautiful yacht. Great entertaining crew. Best morning/ afternoon tea. Exceptional lunch. A few beers on the way home!! Get a better day? Don’t think so!" more »

jameshaydn, Ferntree Gully, Australia
2 people found this review helpful

"Super Chill Sailing Day"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 3 months ago

"I've done a Whitsundays cruise before but wanted something a little more "grown-up" so Lady Enid called my name. The experience was great due to the small number of passengers and the personalized..." more »

1 person found this review helpful

, Shute Harbour, Queensland 4802 Australia