Shute Harbour restoration

Shute harbour Restoration project

Works are well underway 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. Piling works have recently been completed and construction of the new wharf and terminal buildings will begin soon. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: During the restoration project it is business as usual for tourist operators at Shute Harbour with amazing experiences departing daily. Find out more here!

View the latest project updates below:

September 2020

July 2020

April 2020

February 2020

December 2019

Shute Harbour Overview

You can view and download the Overview document here>>

Expressions of Interest recently closed

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.

View the investment brochure here!


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).

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.  Whitsunday Regional Council adopted a design in December 2018 and continued with detailed design throughout 2019.
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. 

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