About Us

About Us, where to start …. Whitehaven Xpress has been owned by Jill & Terry McNally since 1989.

A true local Whitsunday business based in Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Xpress is one of the few pioneering companies in The Whitsundays that is still owner operated.

In 1998 Lindeman Island Resort commissioned the M.V. Lindeman Pacific, a 15M Fibreglass constructed mono-hull vessel. The concept was to provide a seaworthy vessel to operate the open ocean between Hamilton Island and Lindeman Island as well as provide the resort guests, day tours to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach.

The pilots strike in 1989 which was one of the most expensive and dramatic industrial disputes in Australia’s history influenced the destiny for the new M.V. Lindeman Pacific. In 1990 Jill & Terry relocated to Shute Harbour and started a three island cruise. They later dreamed of enjoying a BBQ each day at Whitehaven Beach! The Whitehaven Beach BBQ dream still continues to this day. Terry’s then great idea of a name change to Whitehaven Xpress in the 90’s was before Google was even invented!

Fast forward 20 years Whitehaven Xpress | Whitehaven Beach Tours is operated by their two sons Capt Dan & Capt Shane. The family tradition of the Whitehaven Beach BBQ day tour with a unique Australian style of friendliness and professionalism has been maintained and continues to this day.

Captain Shane

Captain Shane

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Hello Ladies & Gentlemen

I trained on various Whitsunday resort islands in the 90’s Lindeman & Long comes to mind.

I worked my way up to become Australias youngest Resort Manager, firstly Bedarra Island off Mission Beach. I have managed island resorts in some of the nicest places on earth, Seychelles, Maldives & Philippines, and also back here in the Whitsundays!

At 40 I made the Sea-Change!

I look forward to welcoming you aboard our uniquely Aussie Whitehaven Beach Tour.

Captain Dan

Captain Dan

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Ahoy there me hearties!

I’ve been a mariner since the age of 12. My little motor boat and I cruised up the Nepean river hunting Bass almost every weekend!

The Whitsundays I have been on the water since 1989, firstly as a Skiboat driver for Lindeman Island, those were the days…and as a Captain since 1996.

30 years here in the Whitsunday, I have seen and learnt a bit!

Can I cook a barbie? I’ve cooked over 300,000 steaks & snags on Whitehaven Beach – true story!


Senior Crew  Clare | Eco-host

Senior Crew Clare | Eco-host

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Our downstairs Captain Clare, is among the most qualified crew on the water. In fact most of our crew are Captains!

Clare knows the area like the back of her hands and is here for your safety and to assist you in taking away the most amazing memories of Whitehaven Beach & the Whitsundays.

Clare has a strong passion for the ocean and the marine industry, spending lots of time underwater in WA.

Oh and btw she loves TripAdvisor reviews!