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Cruise Shipping

The Port of Cairns is one of the country’s busiest cruise destinations with major international cruise ships scheduled annually and its vast array of domestic reef vessels operating on a daily basis.

This modern, sophisticated city with its extensive shopping and dining experiences, magnificent mountain backdrop and direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Tropical Rainforests makes Cairns an extremely attractive cruise and fly/cruise port.

The Port provides capacity for up to two cruise vessels located along Wharves 1-5 with a dedicated cruise terminal on Wharf 2/3.  The terminal, located in the heart of the City, is an easy walk to downtown shopping. 

For those passengers departing and returning on the home-ported Pacific Eden in Cairns, Ports North will offer long-term cruise parking at the Cruise Terminal for a cost of $9/day.

There will be a staff member present from 10am – 3pm on each cruise turnaround that can take payment via CC or EFTPOS and issue a long-term parking permit. The parking ticket machines in place in the car park do not cater for long-term parking.

Entry for the car park can be made from either Cnr Wharf and Lake St or the Cnr of Wharf and Abbott sts.

For other parking enquiries in the city contact Cairns Regional Council:  www.cairns.qld.gov.au 

airns International Airport is located just 8 kilometres from the City.

Berths & Terminal

Wharves 1-5 at the Seaport are available for passenger vessels forming a continuous quayline of 460 metres.  The wharves are 4.9 metres above Port datum with berth design depths of 8.3 metres.  The wharf apron width, adjacent to the shed, is 8 metres and the wharf deck width at Wharves 4 and 5 is 27 metres. 

Wharves 1-3 are predominately used for berthing cruise vessels  and are serviced by the international cruise terminal, located within one of the Port’s heritage listed wharf sheds.  The terminal has a capacity of disembarking 1200 passengers and has catered for more than 2000 passengers in transit. 

Port Parking

Wharf Shed 2 Carpark (pay & display)

Entry via Wharf Street

Hours: 6.00am - 10.00pm, 7 days per week

Fees:   $3.00 for the first 4 hours

           $0.50 per hour, thereafter

Contact Us:

Address:   Cairns Seaport Operations, 1 Spence St, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Postal:      PO Box 594, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Phone:     + 61 7 4051 2558

Fax:         + 61 7 4052 3810

Email:       seaport.operations@portsnorth.com.au

Website:   www.portsnorth.com.au

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