Cruise Whitsunday’s Terminal Design

Cruise Whitsunday’s Terminal Design

The Port of Airlie provides the crucial service of giving access to the region for the numerous tourists visiting the reef and Whitsunday Islands each year and was in dire need of redevelopment. An average of 600,000 persons frequent the terminal each year.

Having inherited an existing DA, Cadway faced challenges to maintain architectural integrity which expressed the heart of both Cruise Whitsundays and its patrons alike.

Serving as both passenger terminal and national head office, the building’s internal program required careful consideration for human traffic management. The movement of hundreds of patrons per day was a critical design priority.

From drop off, to check-in, to pontoon, the path of travel needed to be instinctive. The visual cues provided by constant connection to the pontoon and the feature internal architectural elements minimised the need for more formal way-finding mediums.


  • Challenging design restrictions
  • Human traffic management critical to the design
  • Delivered on time with no cost overruns


Cruise Whitsundays


2 years


Airlie Beach, QLD


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