Shute Harbour is a coastal locality and harbour in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Shute Harbour had a population of 122 people.[1]

Shute Harbour
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Shute Harbour
Shute Harbour is located in Queensland
Shute Harbour
Shute Harbour
Coordinates20°17′24″S 148°47′25″E / 20.2899°S 148.7902°E / -20.2899; 148.7902Coordinates: 20°17′24″S 148°47′25″E / 20.2899°S 148.7902°E / -20.2899; 148.7902
Population122 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density111/km2 (287/sq mi)
Area1.1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)Whitsunday Region
State electorate(s)Whitsunday
Federal Division(s)Dawson
Suburbs around Shute Harbour:
Mount Rooper Mount Rooper Coral Sea
Coral Sea Shute Harbour Coral Sea
Coral Sea Coral Sea Coral Sea


Shute Harbour is in sheltered port for small vessels located approximately 10 kilometres east of Airlie Beach. 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 Whitsunday island resorts and campsites.


Shute Harbour takes its name from Shute Island which is about 500 metres (1,600 ft) south-east of the headland of Shute Harbour.[3] The island was named by in May 1881 by Captain John Fiot Lee Pearse Maclear of HMS Alert, possibly after a crew-member of that ship.[4]

When the Proserpine Shire Council decided to construct tourist facilities in the area in October 1960, they created a town called Shutehaven.[5] On 31 January 1987, the town of Shutehaven was amalgamated into a larger town of Whitsunday.[6]

Harbour facilitiesEdit

View of vessels in Shute Harbour, 2000

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 redevelopment plans for the facility have been flagged due to ageing infrastructure,[7] 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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Shute Harbour (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Shute Harbour - locality in the Whitsunday Region (entry 46898)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Shute Harbour - harbour in the Whitsunday Region (entry 30795)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Shute Island - island in the Whitsunday Region (entry 30796)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Shutehaven - unbounded locality in Whitsunday Region (entry 40890)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Whitsunday - town in Whitsunday Region (entry 37374)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Council explores options for Shute Harbour facility". Whitsunday Regional Council. 10 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.

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