About the Port

The Port of Newcastle is the world's largest coal export port and is one of Australia's largest ports by throughput tonnage.
Strategically positioned at the gateway to the largest regional economy in New South Wales, with close proximity to Sydney, the port is the economic and trading centre for the Hunter Valley and much of northern New South Wales and is a critical supply chain interface for the movement of cargo.


The Port of Newcastle at a glance:

  • 217 years of commercial shipping.
  • Operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
  • 168 million tonnes of trade handled in 2016.
  • More than 25 different cargoes.
  • 2,258 vessel visits for 2016.
  • 20 operational berths.
  • Total land holdings of 792 hectares, including 200 hectares of vacant port land available for development.
  • River port with a tidal range of 2 metres.
  • Main channel depth of 15.2 metres.
What we do

Port of Newcastle has 89 employees. 

Our functions include: 

  • Trade and port development.
  • Management of 792 hectares of port land.
  • Wharf and berth services.
  • Maintenance of major port assets.
  • Vessel scheduling.
  • Dredging and survey services.
  • Cruise shipping.
  • Legal, planning and environment.
  • Finance.
  • Community and stakeholder relations.

Port of Newcastle works closely with the Port Authority of New South Wales, a state owned corporation with responsibility for Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Port Kembla and the ports of Newcastle, Yamba and Eden. 

The Port Authority of NSW is responsible for:

  • Pilotage services and the Harbour Master (including promulgation of depths).
  • Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC).
  • Port Safety Operating Licence, including: incident reporting, emergency response (including oil or chemical spill response), permit notifications (e.g. re: dangerous goods, bunkering or hot works).
  • Coal framework arrangements.
  • Inductions for access to Port Authority of NSW sites.
  • Maritime security functions for Port Authority of NSW activities.
  • Nobbys Headland.

Click here to contact Port Authority of NSW.