Whitsunday Island Camping Transfer from Airlie Beach

Camp on Whitsunday Island to experience this spectacular island paradise in your own time with convenient vessel transfers from Shute Harbour
Airlie Beach, 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 $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 1-hour scenic return vessel transfers from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Islands National Park
  • Choose between one of three 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 under the stars on what is rated one of the best beaches in the world. Whitsunday Island, the jewel of the Whitsundays, is famous for the pure silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. You can stay long after the day tourists leave and enjoy this slice of paradise at your leisure with the ease of vessel transfers from Airlie Beach. 


Whitsunday Islands National Park forms part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, renowned for its natural beauty and amazing diversity of marine life. Camping on Whitsunday Island means you can take your time to fully explore the National Park and all of its natural wonders, with the flexibility to stay as many nights as you desire.


Choose between one of three amazing campsite locations for your scenic vessel transfer. The Whitehaven Beach Campsite is located at the very Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, with some campsites facing straight onto the beautiful beach and others further back in the trees with two undercover areas and many picnic tables. You can watch the day trippers come and leave and enjoy this location with just a few fellow campers. The Chance Bay Campsite faces south towards Pentecost Island and is perched high with great views over the soft sandy beach and the fringing reef of Chance Bay. Explore inland on some of the stunning walking tracks like the nearby Solway Circuit to the southern lookout or take the track between Chance Bay and Whitehaven Beach. If you are feeling adventurous, take the 7km stroll to the Northern end of Whitehaven amongst the swirling sands known as Hill Inlet. Please note if you want to get to the Hill Inlet Lookout you will need a kayak to cross the inlet. 


The Cairn Beach Campsite is located at the northern part of Whitsunday Island facing Hook Island. This shady campsite has a coral beach with beautiful soft corals straight off the shore, and the hiking trail to the Cairn lookout provides spectacular views across the Whitsundays.


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 island are National Park, and you will need to book a camping permit. 


Where We Visit

  • Whitsunday Island
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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