Port of Newcastle is upgrading port infrastructure to support the growth of cruise shipping for Newcastle and the Hunter region. 

The Port of Newcastle will continue to welcome cruise ships and their passengers as the following works take place.

Mooring Bollards Upgrade $800,000 

  • To host larger ships carrying up to 3,900 passengers. 
  • Jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government. 
  • Due for completion by mid-2017. 

Cruise Terminal Development $12.7 million

  • To provide home porting facilities and position Newcastle as an international cruise destination.
  • A new cruise terminal building of approximately 3,000m2.
  • A dedicated car park and improved accessibility.
  • Wharf in-fill enhancements.
  • Funded by the NSW Government's Restart NSW  Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund. 
  • Due for completion by the end of 2018.
Click here to read more about the funding announcement.

The projects are a key part of Newcastle's revitalisation and will contribute around $26.7 million to the local economy and an additional 76 jobs through construction and flow on effects. (Source: Hunter Research Foundation)

Between February 2017 and November 2018, the port will welcome 18 cruise ships. To view the cruise schedule click here.

FAQs

 

Where will the terminal be located?

The Newcastle Cruise Terminal will be built at the Channel Berth, within the Port's Carrington Precinct.

Why do cruise ships go to the Channel Berth?

The Channel Berth was commissioned as the Port's cruise berth in 2010, recognising that cruise ships were growing larger and needed a deep water berth that was easy to access, with plenty of land available for coach parking. It can handle vessels up to 320 metres in length, such as the 317 metre long Celebrity Solstice, the largest ship to visit the Port. 

More than 30 coaches can park at the Channel Berth, which enables passengers to quickly transit from the ship to attractions across the Hunter region and by shuttle to the foreshore of our vibrant City. 

Click here to learn more about the evolution of cruise ships visiting Newcastle.

Why don't cruise ships berth on the Newcastle side of the harbour?

The Newcastle side of the harbour is outside the existing customs and security regulated boundary and does not have the required marine or landside infrastructure.  

When will I be able to start and finish my cruise in Newcastle?

The construction of a permanent cruise terminal is an important milestone as it will provide the infrastructure for cruise ships and their passengers to start and finish in Newcastle. 

Port of Newcastle works closely with cruise lines, the tourism industry and Destination NSW to promote the Hunter region's many attractions and encourage cruise lines to add Newcastle to their itineraries.  

I will be visiting Newcastle as a cruise passenger during the construction. What can I expect?

Construction of the cruise terminal will take place in 2018. Port of Newcastle will continue to welcome cruise ships and their passengers as construction takes place and will work closely with cruise operators to ensure the continuity of operations. Our dedicated volunteers will be on hand to ensure that passengers receive a warm welcome. 

Media or community enquiries

 

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