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.
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 currently does not have the required marine or landside infrastructure.
When will I be able to start and finish my cruise in Newcastle?
Cruise ship itineraries are made with long lead times and cruise ship operators have their own business factors to consider in the development of their future programs.
Port of Newcastle has consulted with cruise ship operators regarding its facilities in Newcastle. The advice received is that the sector needs a stronger ecosystem, including regular international flights, providoring businesses, ship refuelling and other support services, in order for cruise ships to be based here.
What happened to the Newcastle Cruise Terminal project?
The NSW Government allocated $12.7 million in 2016 to build a new cruise terminal in Newcastle. It was announced in April 2019 that this Infrastructure NSW funding was no longer available.
Why was the funding withdrawn?
The funding withdrawal is a matter for the NSW Government. Port of Newcastle has sought to be good stewards of the funding available and manage the project within the budget provided and to align with industry feedback.
Why was the original terminal scope changed?
To align with the funding available, a new design was developed in consultation with the cruise industry in late 2018 and early 2019. The facility was to focus on better servicing the existing market, which is transit calls. The facility was designed to be expanded later should additional funding be made available in response to growth in the industry's needs, including demand for homeporting.
Why wasn't it built earlier?
We share the community's disappointment that the terminal was not completed in 2018 as planned, however we consider it more important to get the design right.
The cruise market has further evolved since the original announcement. Our goal was always to facilitate the delivery of a project that met the cruise industry's current needs and best positioned the Hunter's tourism industry to continue to grow into the future.
The Port Master Plan identified the development of the Newcastle Cruise Terminal as a key strategic development opportunity for the Port - why isn't it proceeding?
No government funding is available for the project. Port of Newcastle continues to support the Hunter's tourism sector by berthing cruise ships in port and facilitating transit visits for more than 27,000 passengers each year.
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