Shute Harbour is small suburb on the coast 10km from Airlie Beach which has a marina that was recently destroyed by Cyclone Debbie. The area itself it still lush and green and the vegetation now has recovered but the physical structure unfortunately, is in a state of disrepair. The area will be rebuilt in time though and there is still access to a public ramp with limited parking but any kind of ferry or charter related business will cease for some time to come.
The natural surroundings of Shute Harbour are magnificent though with an amazing view over the islands surrounded by tropical blue-green oceans. There are plenty of little bays, beaches, coves and islands to explore and for a few months of the year you can see w
hales passing out the front.
It’s possible to catch Tuna in the warmer months just outside the harbour as well as Queenfish, Trevally, Threadfin Salmon and Barramundi inside the harbour as they usually have an abundance of baitfish on tap. While strong south-east winds can make boating around Shute Harbour a bit rough at times, launching and retrieving is not too much of a problem depending on what facilities have been replaced at the time. The ramp itself while often not favoured by larger boats is quite suitable for launching and retrieving on all tides.