26 Jul 2017

Cruise Whitsundays will recommence services departing from Shute Harbour on Wednesday 26 July. Since Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March services have been running from the Port of Airlie. This has put pressure on the limited Council car parking available at Port of Airlie that was originally intended for tourists.

Cruise Whitsundays Managing Director Nick Hortle said “Regular travellers and tradespeople can now enjoy reduced travel time and free parking and we have added additional services to accommodate for the increased demand Monday to Saturday.”

“By parking at Shute Harbour and taking the shorter ferry ride travellers can save the cost of the normal $6.00 day parking ticket charged at Council’s car park at Port of Airlie,” he said.

Whitsunday Regional Council has increased the amount of the levies that Cruise Whitsundays is required to collect for using Council’s jetty at Shute Harbour. This is due to the costs of repair of the Shute Harbour jetty and restarting operations at the site. Accordingly a small increase in ferry prices will be effective from 31 July to cover a portion of the levy charged by Council for Island contractors and staff. There is no change for island guests and school children.

“We have minimised any ticket price increases and these are significantly less than the $6.00 car parking everyone using Shute Harbour will save everyday” said Mr. Hortle.

“The re-opening of Shute Harbour will be a positive for tourism by making more car parking available at Port of Airlie. This will provide ease of access to visiting guests exploring our wonderful region, which is what the Whitsundays is all about,” said Mr Hortle.

For the latest timetable visit: https://www.cruisewhitsundays.com/transfers/