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Located 1360 kilometres north of Brisbane on Queensland’s east coast, the Port of Townsville is Northern Australia’s largest multi-purpose cargo port.

The Port of Townsville has been the economic cornerstone of North Queensland since it started trading in 1864, and services a population of 700,000 people and supports around 7000 jobs.   

The Port operates eight berths, facilitating around 8 million tonnes of cargo each year, worth about $AU10.6 billion on global commodity markets. Imports include essential items such as fuel, vehicles, electrical goods, cement and bitumen. Our major exports include minerals, sugar, cattle and other agricultural products.

The Port of Townsville connects more than 160 international ports and is Queensland’s fastest service from Shanghai.

The Port of Townsville successfully navigated the onset of a global pandemic in 2019/20 to deliver strong financial results, reporting $13.87 million net profit. A total of 8.2 million tonnes of freight passed over our wharves in 2019/20, which was an increase of 6.5% on the year prior. The resources and agricultural industries have never been more significant, with growth primarily driven by exports of mineral concentrates (up 17%), fertiliser (up 25%) and livestock up (32%) making Townsville Australia’s largest live cattle export port. A record-breaking 20,000 passengers and crew on 16 ships visited our world-class cruise terminal in 2018/19, with numbers dropping in 2019/20 due to the pandemic.

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

Imports

The Port’s most significant imports by volume are petroleum products such as fuel and bitumen; cement and mineral concentrates and ores.  We also import general cargo in containers including chemical mining inputs, equipment and household items, as well as motor vehicles, automotive tyres and project cargo such as solar panels, water pipes and large machinery/plant.

Exports

The Port’s top three exports by volume are sugar, mineral concentrates such as copper, lead and zinc; and fertiliser. We also export processed metals such as zinc ingots and refined copper products; live cattle, molasses, sulphuric acid and containers of frozen  meat, chickpeas, sorghum, mungbeans and timber.

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).

Cruise Schedule

A Federal Government restriction is current for all international cruise ships entering into Australian waters until 17 September, 2021.