Cairns seaport is the busiest cruise port in Australia and was voted `Most Efficient Port Service` at the 1997 Dream World Cruise Destinations Awards.
Cairns is the capital of tropical north Queensland and gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest.
Cairns cruise terminal is located in the city heart close to the Esplanade, which features playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecues and an array of alfresco dining.
Day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands are available via fast catamaran, helicopter or seaplane. Once there enjoy snorkelling, bush walking or one of the many other activities on offer.
Half an hour north of Cairns by road are the northern beaches with warm seas, water sports and kilometres of sand with a backdrop of rainforest mountains.
Within 20 minutes drive are three world-class tourist attractions: Skyrail, the world`s largest cableway offering exceptional views of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, which helps you experience the dreamtime with its hi-tech theatre and outdoor Aboriginal dance troupe.
Or visit one of the many wildlife parks displaying a variety of Australian animals.
An hour north along a magnificent coastal drive you will find Port Douglas, a village with long white sands and popular resorts that still retains its community character.
Spend some time exploring the Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation or take a cruise up the Daintree River.
Cairns can be easily navigated by limousine, taxi, rental car, bicycle or organised bus tour. Cairns International Airport is the first point of entry for many visitors and has regular flights to all major Australian cities and regional Queensland cities.
Half Day Touring:
- Green Island
- Port Douglas
A variety of wildlife parks are located within 30 minutes drive of the port, with kangaroos, koalas, birds and crocodiles. Other activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, kayaking, parasailing, jet ski and jet boat tours, hot-air ballooning and golf are available.
Full Day Touring
- Daintree/Cape Tribulation area
- Day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and islands via catamaran, sailing vessel, helicopter or seaplane.
- Scenic rail trips through the rainforest to the village of Kuranda with butterfly sanctuary, and craft markets.
- Minutes from Cairns Seaport is the worldﾒs most beautiful rainforest experiences : a 7.5 kilometre rainforest cableway, Skyrail and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
- The northern beaches are made up of nine separate townships located along 26 kilometres of beautiful coastline.
- Or relax at Cairns Lagoon on the Esplanade
Best Shopping Areas
- Pier Marketplace is a waterfront shopping complex and leisure centre with over 100 retail outlets as well as live entertainment, restaurants and bars, open from 9.00am to 9.00 pm every day of the year.
- City centre is within 5 minutes walk of the Cairns cruise terminal.
- Cairns Central shopping complex is also within walking distance.
- The stores cater for all needs including clothes, jewellery (especially opals) Aboriginal artefacts to general pharmaceuticals.
|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.|
|Health Declaration||One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only|
The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.
|Arrival Departure Restrictions||Yes|
|Tidal Variation||3 metres|
|Prevailing Currents||Approximately 2 knots|
|Length of Channel||6.47 nautical miles (12 kilometres)|
|Depth of Channel||Design depth of 8.3 metres Lowest Astonomical Tide|
Depth and breadth of turning basin
|Location of Turning Basin||Adjacent to Wharf No. 2|
Under keel clearances over 90,000GT UKC 2m in the channel and 0.6m in swing basin, over 40,000GT UKC 1.5m in the channel and 0.6m in swing basin, up to 40,000 GT UKC 1.3m in the channel and 0.6m in swing basin, up to 30,000 GT 10% of draft or
|Pilotage Name||Department of Transport Division of Marine and Ports|
|Pilotage Address||Tingira Street Portsmith QLD 4870|
|Pilotage Phone No||61 7 4052 7411|
|Pilotage Fax No||n/a|
|Is Pilotage Compulsory||Yes - for vessels over 35 metres length|
|Position of Pilot Pickup||The pilot boarding ground is approximately four kilometres seaward of the Fairway beacons, at position latitude 16ﾰ48.7|
|Distance from Berth||5.94 nautical miles (11 kilometres)|
|Pilot VHF Channel||16 (then to 6)|
|Description of Pilot Boat||White hull, Yellow Cabin top, with the word PILOT written in black. Call Sign: Tribulation|
|Pilot Hours||As required|
|Pilotage Fees||8.7 cents per GRT for the first 20,000 GRT|
|5.4 cents per GRT over 20,000 GRT to 40,000 GRT|
|3.4 cents per GRT over 40,000 GRT|
|Minimum charge $312|
|Address||9/189 Kent Street|
|SYDNEY NSW 2000|
|Telephone||+61 2 9439 7223|
|24 hour contacts||+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.|
|Beaufort Shipping Agency Company|
|Address||Level 8, 120 Sussex Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000|
|GPO Box 3988|
|SYDNEY NSW 2001|
|Telephone||+61 2 9364 8960|
|24 hour contact||+61 411 123 013|
|Fax||+61 2 9364 8999|
|Services||Contact Ian McAllister|
|For details of services see the Beaufort 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 - at pilot's discretion|
|Tug operator`s name||North Queensland Marine Towage - Cairns agent: Patrick Sleigh|
|Tug operator`s fax||61 7 4051 5082|
|Ship or tug lines||Either or both - at pilot's discretion. Cost $40 per tug line.|
|Tug working hours||0800 to 1600. Overtime rates apply after hours|
|Working hours||0830 to 1600|
|Working hours||24 hours|
|Overtime||24 hours as required|
|Stevedoring Name||or details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent|
|For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.|
|Quay or barge||Tanker truck on quay or barge|
|Exquay or barge||Quay|
|No of hoses||As required|
|Capacity per hose/hour||12000 litres ph wharf 1 & 2 34-40000 lph at wharves 3 to 10|
|Tonnes per hour guaranteed||120000 litres|
|Type of connect||Supplied by Port Authority (international fitting available)|
|Connect size in inches||64 millimetres|
|Dry garbage||Yes - with quarantine approval|
|Size of containers||200 litres|
|Dump for deep burial|
|Name||Cairns Port Authority|
|Address||Corner Grafton & Hartley Streets|
|PO Box 594|
|CAIRNS QLD 4870|
|Telephone||61 7 4052 3888|
|Facsimile||61 7 4052 1493|
|Maximum draft||10 metres|
|Tidal variation||3 metres|
|Berth length||595 metres (continuous quay length)|
|Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships||Yes|
|Are other ships able to dock||Yes|
|Cargo ships at dock||No|
|Nearest Overseas Port||Port Moresby|
|Meet and Greet Facilities||Yes|
|Telephones||Outside cruise terminal|
|Availability of Maps and/or Brochures||Yes|
|Souvenir Shopping||Within 200 metres walk|
|Money Exchange||Within 200 metres walk|
|Is the US Dollar Accepted?||No|
|Closest Airport to Pier||Cairns Airport|
|Distance to Airport||8 kms|
|Transport to Airport||Taxi (allow AUS$10.00)|
|Can Passengers Walk to Town||Yes|
|Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop||n/a|
|Distance from Pier to Town Centre||200 metres|
|Are Shuttle Buses Necessary||No|
|Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town||City Centre|
|Availability of Taxis at Pier||Yes|
|Availability of Public Transport at Pier||No|
|Other Forms of Transport at Pier||Yes|
|Distance from Ship to Tour Buses||50 metres|
|What is the Normal Coach Capacity||Varies|
|Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned||Yes|
|Are Refreshments Provided on Buses||No|
|Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses||No|
|Are Step Stools Provided on Buses||No|