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.

The port is situated right next to the city of Cairns, a vibrant, modern city with extensive shopping and dining experiences, a magnificent mountain backdrop and direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Tropical Rainforests. With the international airport just a 10 minute drive away, Cairns is an extremely attractive cruise and fly/cruise port.

The Port provides capacity for up to two cruise vessels located along Wharves 1-6 with a dedicated cruise terminal on Wharf 2/3.  The award-winning Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is located in the heart of the City, and is an easy walk to downtown shopping. The terminal isn fast and efficient in moving passengers throughs its customs clearance and has successfully become the homeport for the cruise ship Pacific Eden.   

Ports North offers long term cruise car parking at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal for a cost of $10/day. The ticket machines can take payment via Credit Card or Cash and issue a long-term parking permit up to 10 days. 

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

Alternatively, please contact our Cairns Regional Council (www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ ) for other parking options.

BERTHS & TERMINAL

Wharves 1-6 at the Port of Cairns are available for passenger vessels forming a continuous quayline of 595 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 8.4 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/embarking  2,000 (turnaround) passenger vessels and has catered for more than 3000 passengers in transit. 

PORT PARKING

Wharf Shed 2 & Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Carpark (pay & display)

Ports North offers long term cruise car parking at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Car Park for a cost of $10/day.  The ticket machines can take payment via Credit Card or Cash and issue a long term parking permit up to 10 days. 

Entry for the car park can be made from either Cnr Wharf and Lake Street or the Cnr of Wharf and Abbott Streets.  Alternatively, please contact our Cairns Regional Council (www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ ) for other parking options.  


Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal - Event Space

The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal is Cairns’ newest and most impressive function, event and exhibition space.

Located on the Cairns Waterfront and beautifully restored, this heritage listed wharf shed, has been transformed into a modern facility offering practicality and style for your event, exhibition or function, while retaining the class and appeal of its rich history.

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Events Website

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