Cairns Port Authority

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Cairns Port Authority (CPA) is a Queensland Government statutory Corporation formerly responsible for the operation of the Cairns International Airport and the Cairns Seaport. The airport was sold in December 2008 to a private consortium. In 2009 the Authority became responsible for the regional ports of Mourilyan, Cooktown, Cape Flattery, Quintell Beach, Thursday Island, Skardon River, Karumba and Burketown. The Authority is also responsible for the Cairns Marlin Marina and the Cairns Cityport project. The Authority became known as Far North Queensland Ports Corporation and trades as Ports North.

Cairns Seaport[edit]

The Cairns Seaport is located on Trinity Inlet. It handles cargo and passenger vessels. Passenger vessels berth at Trinity Wharf at the northern end of the port. The port is an important contributor to the city’s tourism economy. 202 international and domestic cruise ships visited in 2004/05 financial year making it the nation’s busiest cruise ship destination.

The southern end of the port, the main cargo area, handles 1.16 million tonnes of cargo yearly. Bulk cargoes include sugar and molasses (exports) and fertiliser, petroleum and LPG (imports). The port plays an important role in providing supplies to coastal communities on the Cape York Peninsula, Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Cairns Marlin Marina[edit]

The Cairns Marlin Marina is located at the entrance to Trinity Inlet near 'The Pier' Shopping Centre. It contains 264 berths and can accommodate vessels up to 130 metres in length. Many private yachts and catamarans are based at the marina, as well as a significant number of commercial tourism operators who provide tours to the Great Barrier Reef.


Cityport is an urban renewal development occurring at the southern end of the Cairns CBD adjacent to the seaport and centred on Trinity Wharf.

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Coordinates: 16°55′35″S 145°46′22″E / 16.92639°S 145.77278°E / -16.92639; 145.77278