Transport and Barge Information

Towing Assistance

AOCRA is pleased to announce that towing subsidies will be made available for clubs towing canoes to Hamilton Island for the’ Clash Of The Paddles’ event.

How this works

Clubs that tow trailers over 500 kms each way to and from Hamilton Island will receive a 50c/km rebate from AOCRA.
However to receive this rebate each trailer must bring a minimum of 4 OC6 canoes to the event.
The purpose of this subsidy is to not only assist clubs with the towing expenses but to encourage clubs to work together, share canoes and expenses.
The towing subsidy will be capped so clubs will need to get their subsidy application into AOCRA. Applications need to be emailed to AOCRA’s Secretary by the 20th May.
If AOCRA receives more applications than the capped limit than preference will be given to those clubs that are prepared to bring Mirages to the Island for other clubs to use in the 500 mtr sprints.

Barge Information

Hamilton Island will be providing a complimentary barge service for canoe/ski transport from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island and return. Hamilton Island will be operating additional barge runs to transport canoes and equipment from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island.

Barge Bookings

All clubs must request barge space for their canoes, equipment and passengers by the end of May 2015.  This can be done by completing the barge booking form available below.

You will receive written confirmation of your barge booking, complete with transfer times and a booking number once space has been confirmed for the transportation of your equipment, so please include contact name, phone/fax numbers, trailer registration number, dimensions of fully loaded trailers (L x H x W) and description of canoes on your form. The barge will only be run when required and space is limited as it is the main goods carrier for Hamilton Island, so if you do not book space for your trailers and canoes in the allotted time they may not be transported.

Please note: it is at the discretion of the Barge Operator whether trailers will be transported over to Hamilton Island or not, depending upon the barge load and or suitability for trailers use in barging operations with good clearance during loading. This is predominantly to safeguard again damage to equipment and a result barge loading may be reschedules if this occurs.


Can guests travel on the barge?  Yes, however this is subject to availability.  It is recommended that a Club representative should travel with the canoes on the barge to supervise and assist with loading and unloading.  Requests for barge travel can be made via the Barge admin office (07) 4946 9543 or 0439 675 279 or All passengers MUST wear enclosed footwear.

What happens if I arrive at Shute Harbour Terminal after hours?  If you will be arriving at Shute Harbour outside of operating hours (business hours Monday to Friday 07:00hrs to 15:00hrs) you can arrange to leave your trailer in the loading yard at Shute Harbour.  Please note that this MUST be organised in advance with the Barge admin office so you can be advised of the entry procedure to the loading yard. HIE does not accept responsibility for personal items stored in canoes during transit that are lost, damaged or stolen.

How do I prepare my canoes/trailers for travel on the barge? Please refer to the barge loading information sheet.  Clubs are reminded to pack tyres on which the canoes can be placed during transportation in the event that trailers are left at Shute Harbour. Canoes MUST be placed right side up on trailers, and suitable club personnel should travel with the canoes on the barge to supervise and assist with loading and unloading.

Where can I park my vehicle? Parking is available for a fee at Shute Harbour Secure parking – to make a booking please contact on 07 49469666 or Council paid parking is available at the Cruise Whitsunday Shute Harbour terminal. Please note parking is not available in the Hamilton Island Staff parking area. Vehicles parking in this area may be towed. 

What happens when I leave the Island? You must make sure you have secured your canoe and equipment at the storage site. Once you have done this, the barge and events team will arrange for your canoes to be taken to the Hamilton Island barge before your allocated barge time. If you are booked as a passenger to travel on the barge it is your responsibility to be there on time.

What happens when my canoes, vehicles, equipment get to Hamilton Island? The barge and events team will organise for your canoes to be collected from the barge on Hamilton Island and taken directly to the storage centre.

Barge Schedule - Will be available soon. Bookings are subject to availability and additional Barge runs may be provided if required.

Forms and Loading Information

Barge loading information
Barge loading booking form

Please note that bookings will not be taken over the phone and a confirmation of booking email MUST be available on request by Barge Terminal Crew.


For all barge bookings and enquiries please contact the Barge admin office at Shute Harbour on (07) 4946 9543 or 0439 675 279 or (business hours Monday to Friday 07:00hrs to 15:00hrs) .