Newcastle Cruise Terminal

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.


  • To host larger ships carrying up to 3,900 passengers. 
  • Jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government. 


  • 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. 

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)


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 development of a permanent cruise terminal will provide the infrastructure for cruise ships and their passengers to start and finish in Newcastle. 

Cruise is a growing industry and we work closely with cruise lines to promote the region and encourage them to add Newcastle to their itineraries. 

Cruise ship itineraries are made with a long lead time. We recognise that a permanent cruise terminal positions Newcastle as an attractive home port destination, however cruise ship operators also have their own business factors to consider in the development of their future programs. 

When will construction on the Newcastle Terminal commence?

We are working with the NSW Government and our contractors to look at options that will deliver a fit-for-purpose facility, including whether additional funding is available. Once this is confirmed, works will commence on the site. Port of Newcastle expects that it will be a 12 month build process.

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

Port of Newcastle will continue to welcome cruise ships and their passengers  construction takes place and will work closely with cruise operators to ensure the continuity of operations. 


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