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Queensland is Australia’s top cruise destination and Brisbane’s international cruise terminal is moving forward to take advantage. New figures show the cruise industry is now contributing $1.1 billion to the state’s economy supporting more than 4000 jobs across the State.
Benefitting Brisbane and beyond
Cruise has been one of the standout performers of Australia’s tourism industry. Australia’s cruise market has grown, on average, over 19% per annum over the last decade, reaching over one million passengers in 2014.
A new cruise facility would support an influx of international and domestic cruise tourists, bringing valuable tourism dollars to stimulate the economy. With Brisbane as a base port, many cruise
visitors will also use the city as a gateway to explore SEQ and Queensland.
By investing in this vital tourism infrastructure now, a new cruise facility will potentially triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry over the next 20 years, to:
• support 3,750 jobs
• bring 766,260 international and domestic cruise visitors annually to Brisbane and Queensland
• represent, on average, 5.3% passenger growth each year
• contribute $1 billion in gross output annually to Queensland’s economy.
The location of Brisbane’s international cruise terminal
The proposed Luggage Point location is the only viable site in SEQ that can accommodate mega cruise ships because of:
• access to a swing basin for mega ships – vessels greater than 270m in length
• access to deep water alongside the wharf to minimise dredging requirements
• separation from the main cargo-related activities at the Port of Brisbane
• ability to avoid air draft issues associated with the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges
• proximity to Brisbane Airport
• free from urban encroachment
• capacity to accommodate all ship sizes for both day and base port calls.
What will Brisbane’s international cruise terminal be like?
The terminal building itself will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels and connected to a 200m long wharf, with two air bridges facilitating the movement of passengers on and off the ships. There will also be public open spaces, parking for cars and buses plus extensive landscaping across the site.
Next steps for Brisbane’s international cruise terminal
The proposed cruise facility is a significant infrastructure project for Brisbane and Queensland and is currently progressing through the State Government’s market-led proposal process.
Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children. Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.