Brisbane’s new cruise terminal

A $100 million cruise ship terminal to give a boost to bus and coach operators in Brisbane

A cruise ship terminal for the mouth of the Brisbane River has entered the detailed assessment phase, the Queensland Government announced this week.

The existing terminal at Portside Hamilton can only berth vessels up to 270 metres, due to the narrow and shallow depth of the river at this location.

This means many of the major international cruise ships cannot dock in Brisbane, which limits the amount of charter and tour work available for local coach and charter tour operators.

"A new purpose built, deep water cruise ship terminal would be a major step forward for the tourism sector here in Queensland," Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

"And early projections from the Port of Brisbane indicate that it could lead to 300 construction jobs."

While the planning and construction a full-size cruise ship terminal along Brisbane’s coastline is challenging, the long-term economic rewards for getting this piece of infrastructure up and running are high.

Tourism expenditure is expected to increase of up to $1.3 billion over the next 20 years once the terminal is opened, according to a Port of Brisbane commissioned study.

Brisbane passenger numbers are also likely to increase to 766,000 by 2036, if the new terminal is built.

"The Port of Brisbane proposed new facility would be delivered at no cost or risk to Queensland taxpayers," Palaszczuk says.

"We also know that private sector interests have to make feasible, responsible planning decisions."

About 60 per cent cruise ships entering Australia will be too large to dock at the existing facility in Brisbane, with many of the major cruise ships now exceeding 350 metres in length.

A market led proposal has now been submitted by the Port of Brisbane Authority and is supported by all major cruise ship operators.

The next phase involves detailed assessment and the will see the Queensland Government working closely with the Port of Brisbane and private stakeholders, with further announcements on the project expected later this year.

Click here for a FREE subscription to ABC’s weekly newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive the ABC e-newsletter, digital magazine and other offers we choose to share with you straight to your inbox

You can also follow our updates by liking us on Facebook