Cruise forms part of the diversified trade activity with the Port of Newcastle.
The Port’s Channel Berth, located at Carrington, is the priority wharf for berthing cruise vessels. Public access to the berth is restricted due to safety and security. The best locations to view cruise ships entering and existing the port are along the harbour foreshore in Newcastle, Macquarie Pier, Horseshoe Beach and Stockton.
For further information on cruise operations and bookings in Newcastle and to view the current cruise ship schedule visit the Port Authority of NSW website.
Waterside Restricted Zone
When a cruise ship visits Port of Newcastle, a Waterside Restricted Zone is in force during the ships visit while at the Channel Berth.
The restricted zone extends up to 43 metres into the water from the berth and will be operational from when the vessel berths until the it departs the berth. Times may vary subject to the berthing and departure schedule of other ships.
All unauthorised vessels and persons must remain outside the zone which will be patrolled and identified at the berth by yellow buoys.
Any breach of the zone is an offence under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003. The maximum penalty exceeds $5,000. Please note there is no public access to the Channel Berth.
Frequently asked questions
Where do the cruise ships berth in Newcastle?
The priority wharf for berthing cruise ships is called the Channel Berth at Carrington. Sometimes other berths are used due to operational reasons. Refer to the map below.
Can my family and friends come to the berth to pick me up?
Yes, there is a drop off/pick up area at the berth for private transport. Please advise your family and friends to follow instructions from security personnel.
I am a tour operator and have secured bookings directly with passengers, can I pick them up at the berth?
Unfortunately due to security and safety concerns, tours that have not been coordinated through the shipping line/ground handler will not be permitted on site.
Please arrange an alternative location to collect your passengers.
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 deepwater 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 longest 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.