Shute Harbour is a sheltered port for small vessels located approximately 10 kilometres east of Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast of Queensland, Australia. Serving mainly as a boarding point for ferries between the Whitsunday Islands and the mainland, it is also home to many charter boat operations and provides the best access to many Island resorts and camp-sites.
Once second only to Sydney’s Circular Quay as the busiest commuter port in Australia and hosting the largest seaplane airbase in the Southern hemisphere, Shute Harbour has faced many years of uncertainty as most ferry operations have moved to marinas in Airlie Beach. Shute Harbour Transit Facility is managed by the Whitsunday Regional Council. Major redevelopmentMajor redevelopment plans plans for the facility have been flagged due to ageing infrastructure, however much uncertainty exists with the nature of these plans. There are regular bus and taxi services available to and from the port which take the winding road through Conway National Park towards the harbour.
Shute Harbour takes its name from Shute Island.