Queensland’s cruise infrastructure is in a state of transformation, with multiple cities steaming ahead on infrastructure strategies.

Plans for a Gold Coast ocean-side cruise ship terminal are progressing, with the Council agreeing to move to the next phase of planning and eyeing off the homeport market.

“A homeport would make the Gold Coast a serious contender in the cruise market, delivering up to 480,000 visitor night stays annually,” Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said.

The development follows a business case which highlighted the potential for cruise to turn around a 20% fall in domestic visitor nights over the past 10 years to the Gold Coast.

“The business case presented to Council demonstrates that we can turn that trend on its head and deliver a long-term economic windfall for tourism, jobs and generations to come,” Tate said.

“It would put the Gold Coast on the global cruise map, and, together with a new terminal in Brisbane, it would make south-east Queensland a high-demand destination.”

Council is working with PwC and AECOM to assess feasibility of an ocean-side terminal close to the city’s major accommodation centres, including Surfers Paradise and Southport.

The proposed facility could include a 900m-long jetty (as pictured) which would support up to two wharfs, each able to take ships up to 364m in length.

Meanwhile, The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) has appointed a series of technical advisers to progress planning for the proposed Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

The move will contribute to the development of the Port’s Detailed Proposal and while the PBPL has not made a final investment decision, PBPL CEO Roy Cummins said it is “working to deliver the most compelling business case to Government”.

In Townsville, the Queensland Government has backed plans to expand the port, dedicating the project a down payment of up to $75m in its budget.

The Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade (TCCU) project would allow the port to accommodate ships up to 300m in length.

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