Shute Harbour Marine Terminal Grand Reopening

Queensland’s tourism industry received a major boost today with the official opening of Whitsunday Regional Council’s new world-class Shute Harbour Marine Terminal.

The $63.5 million restoration project has seen a complete rebuild of the Shute Harbour marine facility after it was extensively damaged during Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

The new Shute Harbour Marine Terminal is a world-class commercial facility with a rebuilt seawall, terminal, carpark and pontoons and it’s fantastic to see it open and ready for business.

The complex project has driven employment and economic recovery in the Whitsunday region, which has dealt with the dual impacts of the cyclone in 2017 and the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

With the completion of the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal and the opening of the borders following the COVID restrictions, Whitsunday Regional Council is ready and equipped to embark on an exciting new future.

The Shute Harbour Marine Terminal boasts three finger pontoons and a range of berthing options, terminal ticketing and baggage claim area, fuel facility, restaurant, retail space, carpark and recreational fishing jetty.

The new seawall has raised the level of the entire site by up to an extra metre to be more resilient against storm surges in the future.

Eligible works received joint funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, while Whitsunday Regional Council provided and sourced additional funding.

Further information about the project can be found on the Whitsunday Regional Council’s website at