About the Port

The Port of Newcastle is one of Australia's largest and most diverse ports. A major trade and logistics hub, the Port handles a diverse range of cargo types, including dry bulk, project bulk liquids, break bulk, Ro-Ro and containers.
Few Australian ports can match the unique capacity of the Port of Newcastle. Its channel can accommodate double the current trade and direct connections to road and rail networks link the Port with a large catchment area across NSW. 

The Port of Newcastle is embarking on a diversification strategy that leverages our natural advantages to the benefit of our customers and the Hunter region's economy.

The Port of Newcastle at a glance:
  • Current key strategic development opportunities include the Newcastle Container Terminal, Newcastle Bulk Terminal and Newcastle Cruise Terminal.
  • Proven capability in handling all cargo types, including bulk liquids, project cargo, containers, general cargo and dry bulk. 
  • World's leading coal export port and largest bulk shipping port on Australia's east coast,
  • 20 berths operating 24/7.
  • Connectivity to a large and diverse catchment area with direct connections to the national road and rail network.
  • Unconstrained road, rail, berth, land and storage availability.
  • Main channel depth 15.2 metres and a tidal range of 2 metres.
What we do

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.