Extending South East Queensland’s tourist reach

The Queensland Government and the Port of Brisbane are exploring an exciting new cruise tourism opportunity for South East Queensland.

  • Project value:

    $100 million

  • Proponent:

    Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

  • Procurement stage:

    Stage 2: Detailed Proposal stage of the market-led proposal process

  • Funding:

    Privately funded

  • Finance:

    Privately financed

  • Delivery period (if approved to proceed):


Brisbane cruise terminal

As cruising gains in popularity, global trends show that cruise ships are getting larger and longer. Brisbane too is gaining in popularity as it provides the ideal starting point for short cruises to Northern Queensland and the South Pacific. However, the new ‘mega cruise ships’ are too large to swing upstream in the Brisbane River and currently have no option other than to dock at an industrial berth at the Port of Brisbane on the south side of the Brisbane River.

The Port of Brisbane proposes to resolve this challenge and enable South East Queensland to capitalise on the growing mega cruise ship industry by building a $100 million tourist facility for berthing these mega cruise ships on the north side at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Already experts in providing and maintaining port infrastructure and facilities, the Port of Brisbane has requested that government make available a vacant parcel of land adjacent to existing port facilities to build the facility. The site would leverage the Port’s existing facilities and systems and provide ready access to deep water frontage and an existing swing basin that requires minimal dredging. Its proximity to the heart of Brisbane and the airport, as well as transport connections to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts is also highly favourable.

The Port of Brisbane has now been invited by government to submit a Stage 2: Detailed Proposal. If approved, the Port estimates the project would create 300 jobs during construction.

Should the detailed proposal meet government criteria, the Port of Brisbane will enter into a binding contract with government to deliver the project with a view to commencing construction in 2017 and delivering an operational facility in 2019.

MLP strengths

Unique competitive advantage:
The site is adjacent to the Port of Brisbane and will mean the Port of Brisbane can leverage its existing facilities, systems and expertise.

Community need:
Queensland to capture a greater share of the cruise market.

Cost/risk allocation:
Funded by wharfage and terminal hire fees.

“The Port of Brisbane is uniquely positioned to build and operate this infrastructure in Brisbane: no others could match our location, experience and facilities. We’re pleased to be working with government and key stakeholders to progress our proposal through the market-led proposal process which, if approved, will deliver significant economic and tourism benefits to South-east Queensland.”
CEO, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd.
Roy Cummins