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Australia’s Premier Airpark, just minutes from the heart of Airlie Beach!

Airlie Beach – Whitsundays – Queensland

Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour and Whitsunday Aviation Village Estate (WAVE) is privately owned by the Armstrong family. The Armstrong’s are well known at Whitsunday Aviation Village Estate (WAVE) owning three of the residential lots and in 2013 their magnificent Hangar Home on lot 31 was completed. The family own two helicopters,  a Bell 407 and a Robinson 66. Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) is Airlie Beach’s local airport and incorporates a 1,410 metre asphalt runway with dual taxiway with full services of Avgas and Jet A1, as well as ample parking for visiting aircraft.

Airport and Visiting Aircraft

As Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) can be busy with commercial operations, pilots of visiting aircraft are requested to obtain information on the current status and conditions prior to leaving the previous point of departure. The airport is located in a small valley and has a curved approach and departure from each runway with winds being strong and gusty at times.
Aircraft parking instructions will be given to visiting pilots when they call to advise their arrival. Please ensure you have a Tie Down Kit. If you have not been met by airport staff at your aircraft after landing, please call 07 4946 9180 and we will escort you to the main terminal. Please note that all passengers must be escorted by the pilot in command to or from your aircraft.
For the benefit of our neighbours we attempt to restrict early morning take-offs, and if these are necessary please discuss with Airport Management. See our
Visiting Pilots Guide.

Airpark and hangar homes

Save up to $60k on selected WAVE Blocks.

Studio Blocks from just $198,000.

Whitsunday Aviation Village Estate (WAVE) is Australia’s Premier Airpark Development and is designed exclusively for small aircraft owners. This remarkable residential airpark is the ultimate lifestyle for any aviation enthusiast! Based in the beautiful Whitsundays, the airpark combines the essential elements of tropical living, work and play from your doorstep to the taxiway. With only 15 residential Hangar Home Blocks left as well as 15 NEW Studio Hangar Blocks, now is the time to secure your aviation dream!

Events and accommodation


Whitsunday Airport (Shute Harbour) hosts annual Runway Dinners and Fly-Ins and also Airshows featuring Paul Bennet and his team.

The 2022 Fly-In and Runway Dinner will be held on the 10th September here on our runway!

For more information on our events, please contact our office on 07 4946 9180 or email on

Visiting Pilot Information

We welcome all pilots to our airport – prior to arriving can you please ensure that you read our Visiting Pilots Guide and complete our Visiting Aircraft Form. Please contact our office on or 07 4946 9180 if you require any further information.

Airfield info Pilot guide (PDF)  Visiting Aircraft Form

The Whitsundays… the HEART of the Great Barrier Reef!

Discover for yourself just how amazing the Whitsundays are! The Whitsunday Region is home to 74 magnificent islands including resort islands such as Hayman Island, Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Long Island, as well as world renowned destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach, all of which are best seen via the air!


Great Barrier Reef

Discover the largest living structure on earth! The Great Barrier Reef consists of 2900 lagoon systems which stretches for more than 2,300 km along the northeast coast of Australia, from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Over 1500 specials of fish along with 400 species of coral animals such as crustaceans, anemones, sponges and so much more.


Heart Reef

Heart Reef is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally been formed in the shape of heart. It is approximately 15 metres wide in diameter and is located within the Hardy Reef Lagoon. It is known as the most photographed piece of reef in the world and can only be truly seen from above.


Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet

Stretching for over 7 kilometres along the eastern side of Whitsunday Island is Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven Beach has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and consists of silica sand. Silica sand, in comparison to normal sand does not hold any heat making it comfortable to walk on all year round.