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Cruise Whitsundays Back In Training for the Airlie Beach Running Festival July 2017

27 Jun 2017

Cruise Whitsundays is proud to announce its continuing partnership with the Airlie Beach Running Festival. This year will be the 5th annual Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival held on 16 July 2017.

Gaining a reputation as one of the most scenic races in Australia the running festival has become a drawcard for domestic and international tourists to the region.
Cruise Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Nick Hortle said “Cruise Whitsundays is a proud supporter of the running festival and this event has had significant growth and continues to increase visitors to the region each year”.

 “In 2016 we saw a record of 637 participants making the event the largest onshore mass participation event in the Whitsunday region”, said Race Director Tim Oberg.
“This year we will be including two new events; the 42.2km ‘Heart of the Reef’ Marathon that will also be North Queensland Marathon Championships; and the Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk. The latter will be a FREE event open to the whole community” he said.
“Other events include the 2km Junior Dash, The Coffee Club 5km Fun Run, Mantra 10km Fun Run and Cruise Whitsundays Half Marathon”.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Cruise Whitsundays as the naming rights sponsor of the 2017 Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival. In particular we are excited with their support of our new Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk, a free event for all members of the community," he said.
Organised by the Whitsunday Running Club, Mr Oberg said “We are keen to see new participants join the runners of 2016 that largely came from the Whitsunday Region, Mackay and Townsville. We also saw a large increase in participation from Airlie Beach itself which was very encouraging.” Mr Oberg said.
To find out more and register for the Airlie Beach Running Festival, visit the website at

For further information, contact:

Alyce Carter, Sales & Media Coordinator

Cruise Whitsundays


27 Jun 2017

The sun is finally shining post cyclone Debbie and Cruise Whitsundays is pleased to advise our fleet and infrastructure is in good shape. Hardy Reef pontoons appear structurally sound, after surviving 11m waves. A more detailed inspection will occur within days and some repair work will be required before resuming Day Tours to the Great Barrier Reef.


The immediate needs and operational demands of the island resorts continue to be our first priority. Yesterday, we assisted Daydream Island and evacuated all of their guests and non-essential staff to the mainland and to Hamilton Island Airport. Similarly, all One&Only Hayman Island guests were evacuated by Cruise Whitsundays to Hamilton Island Airport.


Cruise Whitsundays Managing Director Nick Hortle said “All Cruise Whitsundays staff are well and in good spirits. We are ready at short notice to resume our full Resort Connections transfer service and our other Day Tour operations. However, understandably, there is reduced demand at this time.”


A scaled down schedule of transfer services is operating between Port of Airlie and Hamilton Island Airport, primarily to assist island resorts. Transfers to the island resorts are only available for resort staff and contractors involved in recovery operations. The islands will advise when they intend to re-open to the general public.


“Thank you for all the messages of support and we look forward to welcoming guests back to the beautiful Whitsunday’s in the near future,” said Mr Hortle.


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For further information, contact:

Alyce Carter, PR & Media Executive

Cruise Whitsundays

(07) 4846 7031


27 Jun 2017

It’s the much anticipated return we’ve all been waiting for, today marks the return of daily departures to Hardy Reef for Cruise Whitsundays to the newly refurbished ‘Heart Pontoon’.

Cruise Whitsundays has two permanently moored pontoons ‘Reefworld’ and ‘Heart’ pontoon located at Hardy Reef and late March both encountered 11m waves and strong winds during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Cruise Whitsundays maintenance team have repaired and refurbished ‘Heart’ pontoon ready for guests today.

The refurbishment of ‘Reefworld’ pontoon will continue over the coming months. Cruise Whitsundays Managing Director Nick Hortle said “Reefworld was already planned for a refurbishment in July before the cyclone occurred, this has now been brought forward and maintenance will continue to enhance the existing structure,” he said.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie hasn’t scared off the main star attractions at Hardy Reef, the beloved marine life; Chip the Turtle, George the Queensland Grouper and Wally and Maggie, the two Maori Wrasses have all been seen by dive crew around the pontoon. Even the resident Nemo family have been found alive and well. Guests can still expect to snorkel amongst the colourful corals and abundant marine life and enjoy a newly refurbished pontoon.

New Tour Enhancements

Enhancements to the Ultimate Whitehaven and Camira Sailng Adventure

27 Jun 2017

Ultimate Whitehaven now includes NEW bushwalking tour - Camira now includes Whitehaven Beach Hill Inlet and Lookout.

The Whitehaven Beach Hill Inlet & Lookout is one of the most photographed locations in the Whitsundays, due to the increased demand commencing 19 June Cruise Whitsundays have enhanced their Camira Sailing Adventure to now include this spectacular location.

Whitsunday Island is abundant with bush walking trails and the full day Ultimate Whitehaven Beach tour has also been enhanced with a guided bushwalk along the Solway Passage Circuit, Chance Bay Hike, Hill Inlet & Lookout. The name says it all! The ‘Ultimate’ Whitehaven Day Cruise now has a new stronger focus on a nature experience. With multiple walking trails on Whitsunday Island, “this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate the nature trails that showcase the natural beauty of this region,” Mr Hortle said.
“Guests after a more in-depth nature exploration of the Whitsundays will enjoy this nature trail and it even caters for the increasing trend for fitness related tours. The notion of ‘keeping fit on holidays’ is gaining popularity, the walks are moderate and provide options for different fitness levels,” Mr Hortle said.
“Guests visiting the Whitsundays deserve the very best experience available in this beautiful destination. The new enhancements of existing experiences provide a different perspective for these highly popular products,” Mr Hortle said.

  • Whitehaven Beach Solway Circuit, Chance Bay Hike, Hill Inlet & Lookout
  • Camira Sailing Adventure to Whitehaven Beach, includes Hill Inlet & Lookout

Cruise Whitsundays also provides outstanding snorkel experiences on our Great Barrier Reef Adventure showcasing the best coral on the Great Barrier Reef, abundant fish life and all options for experiencing this living wonder; snorkel, guided snorkel, semi-submersible rides, helicopter and introductory and certified dives. Cruise Whitsundays has a newly refurbished pontoon located at Hardy Reef where snorkelling experiences await.  Special deals are available for booking multiple tours. The coral and snorkelling areas on the inner reef are undergoing recovery following Cyclone Debbie and therefore snorkelling is no longer included in the Camira or Whitehaven Beach products.

For more information, contact:
Alyce Carter
PR & Media Executive
(07) 4846 7031


17 Mar 2017

Cruise Whitsundays has commenced a new and exciting product offering on all Whitehaven Beach tours.


Known as one of the best beaches in the world, beautiful Whitehaven Beach is famous for its 7km stretch of white sand and is on the bucket list for all travellers.

Now there will be even more with Cruise Whitsundays now offering the Seabob Underwater Jet Experience.


Cruise Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Nick Hortle said the tour will enhance guest’s time at Whitehaven Beach by enabling them to snorkel at ease with Seabob. It’s safe, fun, reliable and easy for all ages with the minimum age being 12 years old.


“Seabob is a personalised motorised buoyancy aid, that guests hold onto whilst snorkelling. Guests can now enjoy and explore the beauty of the inner reef to its full capacity. It allows you to play on both the surface and cruise underwater,” Mr Hortle said.


“We are excited to offer Seabob to guests travelling on all Whitehaven tours*. Seabob can be pre-booked on board or at the time of booking.


“Seabob is delighted to form a partnership with Cruise Whitsundays – and provide an exciting new optional activity to Cruise Whitsunday’s Whitehaven Beach guests.” said Tony Raftis, Managing Director of Seabob confirming the agreement with a handshake in front of the Seabob display in the Cruise Whitsundays Terminal.


*The Seabob experience is available on all Whitehaven Beach cruises except the Camira Sailing Adventure.



For more information, contact:

Alyce Carter

PR & Media Executive

(07) 4846 7031

Clean and Green Approach Paying Off In The Whitsundsays

07 Sep 2016

Following a nightmare start to the year with global reports of a widespread coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, tourism operators in the Whitsundays are breathing a sigh of relief as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) clears the region of any lasting damage, and international visitors flock to the area.

New Picnic On Whitehaven Product

31 Jul 2016

Known as one of the best beaches in the world, spectacular Whitehaven Beach is already home to countless romantic moments and memories.

Now there will be even more, with the launch of a Picnic lunch tour by the region’s premier tour operator Cruise Whitsundays.

New pontoon options at Hardy Reef

05 Jul 2016

Cruise Whitsundays will make some major changes to its Great Barrier Reef pontoon infrastructure next month, providing new opportunities for a range of visitors to the Whitsundays to experience the famous Hardy Reef ‘River’.

Great Barrier Reef Still Great!

02 May 2016

“While it is true that 93% of the reef has been affected by this bleaching event, what is missing in media reports is that the degree the reef is affected varies widely from insignificant to severe,” he said.