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Australia’s Premier Airpark

Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Queensland


Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour is owned by the Armstrong family. Ross and Diane Armstrong are well known at WAVE owning three of the residential lots and in 2013 their magnificent Hanger Home on lot 31 was completed. Ross and Diane also own two helicopters a 407 and a R66, both Ross, Diane and their youngest son Xander are all helicopter pilots with Xander having his commercial licence.
The Airport 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 the airport 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 and winds can at times be very strong and gusty. 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 yourself 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 Pilot Guide

Airpark and hangar homes

Whitsunday Aviation Village Estate (WAVE) is Australia's premier airpark development. Based in the beautiful Whitsunday region, it combines the essential elements of tropical living, work and play from the doorstep of your own taxiway. With 15 residental hangar home blocks left and a final stage with 17 loft hangar blocks to be released, now is the time to secure your aviation dream land.

Events and accommodation

Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour hosts annual Runway Dinners as well as Annual Fly-Ins, every two years we also host an Airshow, featuring Paul Bennet and his team. In 2019 our Runway Dinner will be held on the 7th of September along with our 2019 Fly-In and our 2019 Airshow. For more information on our events please contact our office on 07 4946 9180 or email on

Visiting Pilot Information

We welcome all private pilots to our airport – prior to arriving can you please ensure that you read our pilot guide and also call our office on 07 4946 9180 to advise your aircraft registration and an ETA.

Airfield info Pilot guide (PDF)

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