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Shute Harbour - Jewel of the Whitsundays

WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht's position in Shute Harbour provides a unique starting for your charter holiday, and is the closest mainland port to the Whitsunday Islands. Our base has its own private jetty and a selection of moorings across the harbour, providing a comfortable location for your pre-charter Sleep Aboard, or even your final night anchorage if you need to depart early to catch a flight.

Shute Harbour was once second only to Sydney's Circular Quay as the busiest commuter port in Australia, however nowadays this spanning natural harbour sees more traffic from dolphins and fish than ships and ferries.

The biggest draw card of Shute Harbour is the peace and panoramic views of the Conway National Park mountain ranges and the islands peppered through the harbour, all teeming with lush rain-forest and a diverse array of wildlife. Some of the animals you may spot while in Shute Harbour include dolphins, turtles, fish, eels, rays, dugongs, plenty of fish and birdlife. We've even had whales drop into the harbour last week!

This is as close to nature as you can get before setting out on your charter to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. You can even enjoy a spot of fishing off the back of your yacht on the night of your Sleep Aboard. Or you can choose from one of many bush walks and walking tracks in the Conway National Park. You could even have a quick dip at nearby Snow's Beach, where there's a barbecue and picnic area too.

You wont have to battle for space among noisy neighbours, there's no late night comings and goings from other vessels and no traffic noise. You're welcome to utilize our on-shore amenities and our operations team are just a call away. So start your charter on the right foot, in Queensland's biggest, natural harbour, Shute Harbour - home of Whitsunday Rent A Yacht.

Whales in Shute Harbour

A mother whale and her calf taking a leisurely swim through Shute Harbour.