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Page last updated on 04-07-2024.


More than 300,000 international visitors enjoy cruising the Australian coastline each year, injecting more than $5bn into the economy and supporting more than 18,000 local jobs.

When cruise ships visit Townsville, each passenger will spend an average $500 with local businesses during their day ashore. This money makes its way to many local business including tourism providers, shops, restaurants, bars, local attractions and more.

Cruise Schedule

View full cruise schedule: Click Here

Cruise Welcomes

The Port of Townsville works with the local tourism industry to create a vibrant welcome to Quayside Terminal for each cruise ship that comes into port.

Viewing vessels

The best place for Townsville locals to see cruise ships sail in and out of port is from the Breakwater wall near the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

There is ample parking on-site and you are guaranteed to get a great vantage point of these impressive vessels sailing through our channel.

Assemble on the Breakwater wall about an hour before the vessel is due in, to see it appear on the horizon.

Cruise Markets

The Port of Townsville hosts cruise markets at Quayside Terminal when cruise ships are in Port. The markets run for the full day and provide a great chance for cruise passengers and crew to pick up a unique handmade souvenir to remember Townsville by.

* Market stalls for the 2023/2024 season are fully booked.

Port Facilities and Services

Cruise ships have priority berth rights on Berth 10 if bookings are made 12 months prior to arrival.

When cruise ships are in port, Quayside Terminal and Berth 10 operate in compliance with Australian legislative security requirements including those set by the Department of Home Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and Australian Border Force (ABF).  Vessels visiting Townsville must be capable carrying out 100% screening of all persons who board the vessel.

Berth 10 Facilities
  • Quayline fuel valves for diesel with flow rate of 350,000 L/hr
  • Quayline potable water manifold connecting the Townsville City Council municipal water supply 
  • Quayline sewage manifold for fresh water sewage connecting to Townsville City Council sewage system
  • Telecom connectivity
  • Quayline and land side hydrant connections to port saltwater fire system
Quayside Terminal Facilities
  • can process up to 1000 passengers onto or off a security regulated vessel
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Free Wi-fi 
  • Undercover meet and greet area
  • Multi-bay bus and taxi rank area including excellent turn around spaces
  • Public amenity including toilets
  • Customs & quarantine passenger processing
  • Ticketing area


Enquiries regarding berth bookings, port services, pilot bookings, shuttle buses (by the cruise ship) and access for contractors should be directed to the cruise ship's Ground Handling Agent in the first instance.

Other enquiries can be directed as per below:

Port of Townsville (arrival experience enquiries)

  • Corporate Affairs - 07 4781 1500

Townsville Enterprise Limited

  • Tourism Executive
    07 4726 2739