South Molle Island Camping Transfer from Airlie Beach

Spend time exploring and camping around the beautiful South Molle Island with the use of convenient vessel transfers from Shute Harbour
Whitsundays, Australia
1 hr
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Airlie Beach
What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 1-hour scenic return vessel transfers from Airlie Beach to South Molle Island 
  • Choose between one of four picturesque campsite locations 
  • Explore the island paradise at your own pace, choosing to stay as many nights as you like
  • Departs from the meeting point at Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, Lot 296, Whitsunday Drive
What's excluded

  • National Park camping permit
  • Camping Kits for hire
What to Expect

Imagine yourself camping out under the stars on one of Australia's most beautiful island groups within the stunning Whitsundays. Get that deserted island feeling with one of four amazing locations from which you can explore at your leisure with the ease of vessel transfers from Airlie Beach. 


The Molle Island Group is situated within the Molle Islands National Park, including the largest of the islands, South Molle Island, along with the secluded Denman and Planton islands lying just to the east. Boasting lush pockets of rainforest, secluded bays and fringing reefs, your camping paradise awaits, with the flexibility to stay as many nights as you desire. South Molle Island is blanketed in hilly grasslands renowned for its picturesque bushwalking and mountain biking tracks, some stretching to viewpoint peaks and others finishing at small, secluded bays. At low tide, you can walk across to Mid Molle Island. 


Vessel transfers are scheduled daily from the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal and due to the large tidal range in the region, times will be tide dependent. Please check the schedule carefully when making your booking. All campsites on the islands are National Park, and you will need to book a camping permit.


Campsite Locations


Paddle Bay

Situated on the Northern Spit of South Molle Island with a coral sand beach, Paddle Bay boasts a beach view from both sides of the campsite with spectacular sunsets from the Western side towards the mainland. Down the Eastern beach, you can access the beautiful walking trails through the island to Mount Jeffery and Spion Kob lookouts. Well shaded, it offers plenty of opportunities to escape other campers and its facilities include a toilet and picnic tables, plus some mobile phone coverage is available (with certain mobile carriers).


Sandy Bay

Situated on the Western side of South Molle Island behind Mt Jeffery and facing towards the Conway Mountain Range, this is a beautiful shady campsite, ideal for groups. From here, you can enjoy direct access to bushwalking trails through the island, great for the keen bushwalker or mountain biker.


Planton Island

If you have ever wanted your own secluded island experience to spend your days, this is your spot. Located just east of South Molle Island, and with only one campsite available, once you book it this island is your little oasis. The camp area is nestled within the dry rainforest, so even if a boat comes past, you still have utter privacy.


Denman Island

This tiny island is another hidden gem where you can book the island for yourself! Located on the Southern side of the Molle Island Group, your own private retreat awaits with only one campsite.


Where We Visit

  • South Molle Island Group
Frequently Asked Questions

Yes for those of you kayaking around the islands and only need a one-way transfer we can organise this. It is charged at around half price of a return transfer.

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There is usually only 1 departure daily as we need the high tide to access most beaches around the Whitsundays as they have fringing reefs out the front that are exposed on lower tides. Special Charters can be arranged to some locations for larger groups.

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Before you visit

  • Clean out your camping gear before packing up for a trip to the islands.
  • Sweep out tent floors, concentrating on the corners, stitching and hook and loop fasteners such as Velcro.
  • Wash down dirty tent poles and pegs to stop soil pathogens from spreading onto the islands.
  • Give backpacks, raincoats and hats a thorough clean.
  • Check and remove seeds and soil from your shoes.
  • Ensure no mice, rats, toads, geckoes, ants and other insects (and their eggs) are hiding on your vessel, your aircraft or in your luggage, food, equipment or supplies.
  • Leave pets on your vessel or at home. They can harbour fleas, ticks and other pests. Domestic animals aren’t permitted in national parks, or on some beaches adjoining national park islands.

When on an island

  • Stay on the marked walking tracks to avoid spreading weeds across the island.
  • Always clean up before you move from one island to the next.
  • all rubbish must be contained and brought back to the mainland for either recycling or proper disposal.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • All departures are subject to weather conditions, minimum passenger numbers & unforeseen circumstances
  • Departure & pick up times are indicative only, they can change - not often but it can happen
  • A National Park camping permit is essential for overnight stays & must be booked separately. Open fires on island national parks or beaches are not permitted
  • Passengers are advised that some of the locations are remote & communication is not always possible
  • The Operator is not responsible for any ongoing travel plans. We recommend that you allow a day before & a day after travel
  • Independent travellers are responsible for their own safety
  • A “Pest Free” message to campers – to help keep our Islands beautiful/natural, before boarding the vessel & arriving at the island, please check your equipment/gear for any grass seeds, prickles, ants, or other pests, that may invade & destroy our native environment

Cancellation Policy:

  • Bookings cancelled less than 24 hours prior to departure or failure to meet on time will incur a 100% cancellation fee
  • Outside of 24 hours will receive a full refund


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