Shute Harbour restoration

Shute harbour Restoration project

Council calls for Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest for commercial leases once the new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is opened in mid 2021, are now open on the LGTenderbox website. Council’s vision is to create a region that is strong, resilient, sustainable and universally recognised as somewhere people want to live, work, play and invest. We invite you to be part of it!

Nestled between the rainforest and the sea, close to the tourism and sailing mecca of Airlie Beach and the internationally acclaimed Whitsunday Islands, the deep natural inlet of Shute Harbour has been a thriving port since the early 1960’s. With completely restored modern marine facilities, an established tourism industry and pristine natural environment, the new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of the Whitsundays.

To find out more about this unique opportunity, please visit LGTenderbox –

View the investment brochure here!

 Prospectus Front Cover

Construction began January 2020

Works have begun on site to rebuild the Shute Harbour marine facility, with construction of the new stepped seawall underway.

The new seawall will take approximately 8 months to build and the rock will be placed by excavator. New piles will also be driven to support the new wharf and pontoons. While the piles are being driven into place, there will be an irregular hammering noise at times. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these works.

Once the seawall is built, the new terminal buildings and pontoons will be installed. The restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.

Carpark and Boat Ramp Closure

There is a full closure of the lower carpark and public boat ramp in effect to ensure public safety during the construction project.

Please note that the Bus Stop has been relocated to the upper car park during the construction. Signage will be in place to advise motorists and users of the boat ramp.

View the latest project updates below:

July 2020

April 2020

February 2020

December 2019

Shute Harbour Overview

You can view and download the Overview document here>>

Construction tender awarded to restore Shute Harbour

The $35 million construction tender for the rebuild of the Shute Harbour terminal and seawall was awarded to Vassallo Constructions Pty Ltd at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 27 November 2019, with works expected to begin from early January 2020.

The overall $54.5 million restoration project will see a complete rebuild of the seawall, terminal, pontoons and carpark at the Shute Harbour marine facility.

Eligible works received joint funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Whitsunday Regional Council adopted a detailed design in December 2018, as shown in the image above.

Demolition works began in April 2018 and were completed in early July 2018, to remove the damaged terminal building and jetties before the restoration works begin.  Extensive geotechnical investigations have been completed at the site, which have helped inform the detailed design for the new seawall. 
In 2017, Council undertook community consultation to find out what the community feels is important for the future of Shute Harbour. Find out more about the consultation process here.
Shute Harbour opened in 1961. Shute Harbour was devoted exclusively to tourism after sugar was transferred to bulk handling facilities at Mackay. The Lloyd Roberts Jetty was constructed during 1961 and completed in December 1961. An A-frame building was opened on the landward side of the jetty for tourist and visitor bookings.  

Since the establishment of Shute Harbour in the 1960's the tourism traffic through the facility to the Whitsunday Islands flourished.  The Shute Harbour facilities have undergone several changes to the building and facilities with  major changes occurring in the early 1970's (car parking and South Molle Jetty), in the middle of the eighties (additional Terminal facility Lloyd Roberts) and early 1990/2000's (SHIFT demolition and reconstruction of terminal facility at Lloyd Roberts Jetty and the addition of the floating pontoons). The floating pontoons in place until Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, were added to both concrete jetties between 1999 and 2000.

The ferry traffic to the island was operated by various contractors over the years more recently the operators were Fantasea and Cruise Whitsunday. In September 2014, Cruise Whitsunday vacated the terminal facility and moved almost all ferry traffic to the new terminal at Port of Airlie. 

  1. P  1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753)

    67 Herbert Street, Bowen
    Shop 23 Whitsunday Plaza, Cannonvale
    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    52 Main Street, Proserpine
  1. LINKS

    My Dashboard   |   Privacy   |   Disclaimer   |   Accessibility   |   Site Map   |   Right to Information

    Powered by CivicPlus from Redman Solutions

    © Copyright Whitsunday Council 2014