Shute Harbour is one of a number of localities that are known collectively as The Whitsundays.
A sheltered port for small vessels, located 10km east of Airlie
Beach, Shute Harbour is home to a busy marine transit facility, which
includes one of the boarding points for ferries to the islands, as well
as island/reef boating operations and moorings for private boats.
It is second only to Sydney’s Circular Quay as the busiest
commuter port in Australia and it has the largest seaplane airbase in
the Southern hemisphere. 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.
Secure parking facilities are available for those setting sail, with space for boat trailers, caravans and campervans.
For stunning views of the harbour, the islands and ocean, take the
drive to the top of Coral Point, the headland overlooking the
harbour. A small community exists at Shutehaven.
There are also multiple national parks walks departing various
points at Shute Harbour. Conway National Park's Mount Rooper
Lookout has a panoramic vista of the Whitsunday Passage and islands,
with the walk departing from Shute Harbour Road. A 2km track connects
the Swamp Bay track where open forest gives way to lowland rainforest.
Secluded beaches are also accessed from walks in this area.
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Shute Harbour boasts spectacular fishing and it is not uncommon to
bring in a nice sized Coral Trout, Barramundi, Giant Trevally or even
squid. Fishing from the wharf structure is prohibited however a
dedicated fisherman's pontoon and boat ramp offer the opportunity to
land some excellent fish.
Shute Harbour takes its name from Shute Island, named after a crew member of HM Kangaroo.