Cruise Whitsundays Terminal
Location: Airlie Beach, QLD
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 a DA which included a much prescribed building form and tectonic, Cadway faced various challenges to maintain an 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.
Located on the upper level the head office included a simple layout and palette of finishes which facilitated Cruise Whitsunday’s existing workstations and storage units. A unique approach to the extremity of the level 1 footprint allowed for visual connection to the key ground floor public spaces and pontoon, while maximising entry of natural daylight to the upper level offices.
With a finite budget, no cost overruns and minimal contract administration; the client was very pleased with Cadway’s construction detail, services coordination and quality of architectural and interior design throughout.