2016 Australian port or terminal of the year


About Us

Since establishment in 1864, the Port of Townsville has been intrinsically tied to the prosperity and sustainability of North Queensland.

Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland, the Port of Townsville is a world-class gateway for trade and investment.  Townsville's eight berths handled more than $11 billion in trade during the 2014/2015 financial year; an extraordinary figure in anyone's language. 

The Port of Townsville has grown from its humble beginnings servicing the agricultural industry to become a diverse business handling more than 30 commodities.  

For more information about the Port of Townsville's trade figures, future growth opportunities and expansion plans:

Townsville is the number one port in Australia for copper, zinc, lead and sugar exports and services 70% of the Northern Australia population and with its close locality to Asian markets, it is ideally placed to service the growing economy. More than 20 shipping lines operate out of the Townsville Port; offering more 40 services and covering 136 ports around the world.

Commodities/cargo that passes over the Townsville Port's wharves include:


Motor vehicles, general cargo, cement, suphuric acid, fertiliser, copper, nickel, zinc, copper anode, petroleum products, gas, sulphur, containers, tyres.


Sugar, timber, general cargo, fertiliser, containers, cattle, refrigerated meat, magnetite, copper, lead, zinc, zinc ferrites, zinc oxide, silver, molasses, sand, gravel, coke, project cargo.

Port of Lucinda

Located 100 kilometres north of Townsville, the Port of Lucinda exports raw sugar grown in the Ingham district.  It is equipped with on-shore sugar handling and storage facilities, as well as a single trestle jetty and conveyor running out to an off-shore berth and shiploader.

The jetty is one of the longest of its type in the world, extending 5.6 kilometres out to sea and dipping 1.2 metres over its length as it follows the curvature of the earth. Sugar takes 22 minutes to travel along the conveyor from the on-shore storage sheds to the shiploader.

The port terminal is operated by Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal, a subsidiary of Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).