Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State, and is the Gateway to the international attractions of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Brisbane is Australia's third largest city after Sydney and Melbourne, and is well equipped to provide for all shipping requirements. 

Blessed with sunny days and plenty of action, Brisbane is one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world but its uncomplicated, laidback and fun-loving. 

We love the great outdoors! If you’re sitting inside, you’re doing it wrong. Brisbane’s year-round subtropical setting is best enjoyed with the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your back.

Brisbane comes alive each day as the subtropical setting calls people from their beds year round to wake up and smell the coffee, soak up the sunshine and drink in the view of the winding Brisbane River.

What are Brisbane's strengths as a cruise destination?

There are two cruise ship wharves for Brisbane, with differing facilities. Portside Wharf was completed in 2006 and is an international standard facility for cruise liners, offering restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

However, due to the height and length restrictions of the Gateway Bridge, the larger ocean going cruise liners must dock further down the river at the more industrial standard Multi User Terminal at the Port of Brisbane. The Multi User Terminal is managed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd.

Brisbane is only one day's sailing north of Sydney, giving your passengers more time ashore to discover the wonders of Australia.

Brisbane's strength lies in its casual, relaxed pace, access to natural attractions and world-class port facilities.



Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Day)

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary;
  • River cruises;
  • Climb the Story Bridge
  • City Sightseeing.

Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)

  • World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park: rainforest walks, waterfalls and glow worm caves;
  • Gold Coast: world famous beaches, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld, Sea World; Warner Bros Movie World and Wet-n-Wild Water World;
  • Sunshine Coast: Steve Irwin' s Australia Zoo,  Ginger Factory, iconic Noosa and Hasting Street, the famous Eumundi Markets and Mooloolaba's Underwater World.


Brisbane has several well-known dining districts open for both lunch and dinner. World-class restaurants and brasseries are located in the small funky villages, waiting to be discovered.

Best Beaches

Some of the worlds best beaches are at the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Golf Courses

From Brisbane, cruise passengers can access a number of international standard golf courses, including some designed by top golfers such as Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and Peter Thomson. Golf tours are also available.

Tennis Courts

There are numerous tennis clubs within 30 minutes of the port.

Best shopping

  • The stores cater for all needs from clothes and jewellery (especially opals) to Australian souvenirs;
  • There are numerous art galleries in the city and New Farm area and uniquely Brisbane designers in the various villages of Paddington, Fortitude Valley, James Street and the iconic Brisbane Arcade.



Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation)
Customs Declaration(Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration(Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration(Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions No
Tidal Variation Highest Astonomical Tide - 2.71 metres,
  Mean High Water Springs - 2.16 metres,
  Mean Low Water Springs - 0.35 metres
Prevailing Currents 0.5 knots
Prevailing Winds
Length of Channel 65 nautical miles
Depth of Channel 13.5 metres
Comments Ships in excess of 250m length on LOA and/or more than 9.1m draft may berth at Fisherman Islands terminal by arrangement with the Port of Brisbane Corporation

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin Fisherman Islands 0.5 km upstream Sugar Wharf, Colmslie 13 km upstream Max Vessel Lgth > 300m
Diameter 13 metres
Depth 8.8 metres
Other points


Pilotage Name Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd
Pilotage Address Argyle Street, Albion QLD 4010
Pilotage Phone No 61 7 3862 2260
Pilotage Fax No 61 7 3862 2240
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup 3 nautical miles south-east of Point Cartwright near Caloundra
Distance from Berth 65 nautical miles
Pilot VHF Channel 16
Description of Pilot Boat 40 foot motor launch
Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees 18 cents per GRT for the first 10,000 GRT
  10.6 cents per GRT over 10,000 GRT to 20,000 GRT
  7.0 cents per GRT over 20,000 GRT to 30,000 GRT
  1.0 cents per GRT over 30,000 GRT
  Minimum charge $618


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following ACA members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Barwil Agencies Oceania
Address 9/189 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 2 9439 7223
24 hour contact +61 416 189 760
Fax +61 2 9439 8587
Services Contact: Greg Coopman.
For details of services see the Barwil entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Oceania Maritime Services (OMS)
Address Level 12, 15-19 Bent Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone 61 2 82273000
24 hour contact +61 411 123 013
Fax +61 2 92230029
Website N/A
Services Rebecca Reid
For details of services see the OMS entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory No - subject to vessel characteristics
Tug operator`s name Queensland Tug and Salvage Pty Ltd
Tug operator`s fax 61 7 3895 1024
Ship or tug lines Tugs
Tug working hours 24 hours


Working hours 24 hours
Working hours 0730 to 1630
Overtime Yes


Stevedoring Name For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent
Stevedoring Address n/a
Stevedoring Telephone n/a
Stevedoring Fax n/a
Working Hours n/a


For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.
Telephones Yes
How many 10
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Barge or road tanker
Suppliers Riverside Oil Bunkering Co Pty Ltd


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Quay
No of hoses 2
Capacity per hose/hour 50 tonnes per hour
Tonnes per hour guaranteed 50
Type of connect International
Connect size in inches 4 inches

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside No
Containers available Yes
Size of containers 240 litre bin or large industrial bins
Number available N/A
Incineration or dump Incinerator and dump
Facilities to transport Vacuum Tanker

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Shore
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Vacuum Tanker to council facilities


Port Charges The charge to berth at the Sugar Wharf is $1600 per day. Information on the charge to berth at Fishermans Island is available from the Port of Brisbane Corporation.

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Cairncross Dockyard Wharf/Dry Dock12.5 kilometres from River Mouth"
Length 310 metres
Maximum Tonnage 85000 T
Divers Available Yes
Engineering facilities Yes


Dredging undertaken Yes
Dredging when Brisbane River is dredged from November to March or as required. Berths are continually maintained and sounded.


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
Address Port Central 1 
  Port of Brisbane QLD 4178
Telephone 61 7 3258 4888
Web Site
Email Address

Berth details


Nearest ports

Australia Sydney
Nearest Overseas Port Auckland



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building Yes
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes
Toilet Facilities Yes
Telephones On pier
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping Yes
Money Exchange Yes
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No


Closest Airport to Pier Brisbane Airport
Distance to Airport 20 minutes
Transport to Airport Taxi (allow AUS$20)
Can Passengers Walk to Town No
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 20 minutes
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 10 kms
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Yes
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Myer Centre
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier No

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 50 metres
What is the Normal Coach Capacity 60
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned Yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses By arrangement
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses By arrangement
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses Yes



Tourism operators in Queensland: