Our Story

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 1989 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 next great idea was to make a name change from Lindeman Pacific to Whitehaven Xpress. This was back in the 90’s before Google was even invented, great foresight of the old man!

Fast forward 20 years Whitehaven Xpress | Whitehaven Beach Day Trips 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

Land & Water based

Hello Ladies & Gentlemen

I trained on Lindeman Island in the late 80’s & also Long Island in the 90’s.

I worked my way up to become Australia’s youngest 5 star Resort Manager in 98 on Bedarra Island. I have since managed island resorts in some of the nicest places on earth, Seychelles, Maldives & Philippines, and also on Hamilton Island.

At 40 I made the Sea-Change and also own a boat named C-Change – True Story!

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

Captain Dan

Captain Dan

Water based

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!

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

30 years here in the Whitsundays, I love it and also like fishing & hunting in NZ!

BTW – I’ve cooked over 300,000 steaks & sausages on Whitehaven Beach plus found a treasure chest full of gold – true story!

 

Sales Jess

Sales Jess

Land based ( mostly)

G’day Folks

I set off backpacking from the UK, and fell in love with the Whitsundays several + years ago.

I have since been living between Dubai, Australia & the UK, however I am now thrilled to be able to call Airlie Beach “home” since mid 2019.

BTW – when I am not living the dream working for Whitehaven Xpress by day, I am orchestrating anti-piracy, maritime security operations in the Gulf of Guinea by night! 

Also a true story!