Cruise Whitsundays Day Cruises and Island Resort Connections now depart from our brand new, purpose-built Maritime Terminal at Port of Airlie. The new Cruise Whitsundays Maritime Terminal features convenient airport style check-in and baggage conveyor belts, a large café with indoor and outdoor eating areas, a gift shop and comfortable seated waiting areas. This state of the art facility is located right beside the Bus and Coach terminal, which also has taxi access, and there is also a new 170 space car park next to the terminal if you wish to drive.
Cruise Whitsundays carry over 600 000^ passengers per year across a variety of tourism and transport services.
This figure includes 400 000^ transfers to and from Hamilton Island Airport and to and from other island resorts. These transfers were previously routed through Shute Harbour and Abell Point Marina.
Cruise Whitsundays offers over 50 arrivals and departures, 365 days a year, delivering a constant flow of traffic including tourists, contractors and
off-island staff travelling via Port of Airlie from 6.30am until 7pm every day.
Airlie Beach has established itself as a regular anchorage for cruise ships making their way up the Queensland Coast, with approximately 70 cruise ships per annum visiting the seaside town. On average, a cruise ship guest will spend approximately more than 60% more than a normal tourist. With the new Cruise Whitsundays Maritime terminal now operating, a number of guests off these ships are now travelling to the mainland through this facility. This provides Port of Airlie retailers an opportunity for direct contact with these potential customers as soon as they set foot on the mainland.
^Source: Figures provided by Cruise Whitsundays