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5 anchorages under two hours from Shute Harbour

Compared to Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour is hours closer to the Islands; this is a huge bonus when planning your return trip.

Here’s why Shute Harbour's proximity to the islands is a huge bonus...

The location of a charter company's mainland base can have a big impact on travel time to the islands and planning your return journey.

All bareboat hires in the Whitsundays need to be returned in the morning before 10 am. Charterers should plan to anchor close to the mainland for their last night to meet the return deadline.

If you’re heading back to Airlie Beach, you can anchor around Whitsunday Island or Hook Island. Both of these islands have overnight anchorages within 3-4 hours travel time to Airlie. However, if the weather forecast isn't in your favour or you're not an early riser, you may need to spend your last night at the marina to ensure you're back in time.

When returning your boat to Shute Harbour, you can choose from several anchorages under two hours away; Meaning you can relax and your holiday won’t be cut short.

Shute Harbour anchorages

Island anchorages close to Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour is 10 minutes drive from Airlie Beach yet hours closer to the islands. When you charter a yacht from Shute, you will have the opportunity to choose from several nearby overnight anchorages on your first and last night.

Long Island

Happy Bay (anchor)

Happy Bay, at the northern end of Long Island and just under an hours' sail from Shute Harbour, is a popular first-night anchorage being just a couple of hours' sail from Shute Harbour.

To stay overnight, radio ahead your arrival time and book a mooring with the watersports manager at the resort. Long Island is a national park dotted with walking tracks suitable for all.

Palm Bay (resort moorings)

Moring at Palm Bay can provide a peaceful overnight anchorage for vessels wishing to be close to Shute Harbour on the last night of their charter.

Palm Bay Resort is a unique, laidback island resort that allows guests to bring their own food to prepare in the communal kitchen and dine on the deck.  Facilities include a fully stocked beach bar, groceries shop, public pool, guest kitchen, tennis court and restaurant with pizza nights.

Bareboat visitors are welcome to moor for a nightly rate of $50.00 without having access to the resort facility. Or, if you wish to access the resort while using a mooring, the rate is $100.00, which included 2 people + $15.00

Sandy Bay (Public Moorings)

Approximately 6km east-north-east of Shute Harbour, Sandy Bay is a secluded beach lined with mangroves. Ashore you will find camping facilities and walking tracks which connect up to the National Park trails crossing over Long Island.

Long Island Whitsundays

South Molle Island

Bauer Bay (anchor)

Just outside of our base at Shute Harbour you will find beautiful Bauer Bay. It's the best anchorage to explore the many kilometres of the national park walking tracks on South Molle Island.

Anchor on the eastern side and take the picturesque walk up to Spion Kop – voted the Top Island Walk of Queensland by National Geographic. You can also anchor on the eastern side of the jetty and access the walking tracks - including those to Spion Kop viewing platform and Mount Jeffreys.

South Molle Island

Whitsunday Island

Cid Harbour (anchor)

Cid Harbour is a large Harbour with several bays offering anchorage options.

Just two hours' sailing from Shute Harbour, it's a popular first-night anchorage. A great all-weather location, it was occasionally used by the navy during World War II. The main anchorage, at Sawmill Beach, is off a shoaling sandy beach edged with reef. Climb through the rainforest to the top of the 437-metre high Whitsunday Peak.

Cid Harbour Whitsundays




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