Where can I buy alcohol for my Whitsunday boat trip?

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Bringing Alcohol on Whitsunday Boats

Most overnight boats in the Whitsundays are BYO, meaning you must Bring Your Own Alcohol if you want to drink on your boat trip. You will need to purchase your alcoholic drinks before boarding your boat, as most do not have a licensed bar on board. Be sure to only buy cans or boxed wine, as glass, as well as red wine, is prohibited onboard.

You can bring spirits on your boat trip but you will need to transfer the hard liquor out of the glass bottle and into a plastic or reusable bottle to carry it aboard the ship. Many boats will sell popular soft drinks, which you can use as mixers but if you want something more specialised, be sure to buy this prior to your boat trip.

Airlie Beach Bottle Shops

There are 3 main bottle shops in Airlie Beach:

1. Airlie Beach Hotel Liquor & Tobacco Merchants - 297 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802

Liquor and Tabacco Merchants


2. BWS Whitsunday Village - 89/366 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802

BWS Airlie Beach


3. Celebrations-  22/226 Shute Harbour Rd, Cannonvale QLD 4802

Celebrations Airlie Beach


If a boat has a licensed bar, you are not able to bring your own alcohol and must instead purchase alcohol from the bar. Ask your travel consultant upon booking which type of boat you are travelling on so you can be prepared.

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