Port of Brisbane

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Port of Brisbane
Fisherman Island and the Port of Brisbane from space
Port of Brisbane is located in Queensland
Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane
Coordinates27°23′00″S 153°10′04″E / 27.3832°S 153.1678°E / -27.3832; 153.1678Coordinates: 27°23′00″S 153°10′04″E / 27.3832°S 153.1678°E / -27.3832; 153.1678
Location22 km (14 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane (Wynnum Manly Ward)[1]
State electorate(s)Lytton
Federal Division(s)Bonner
Suburbs around Port of Brisbane:
Bramble Bay Moreton Bay Moreton Bay
Pinkenba Port of Brisbane St Helena Island
Pinkenba Lytton Green Island

Port of Brisbane is the shipping port and coastal suburb of Brisbane, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia.[2] It is located in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River on Fisherman Island, an artificial island reclaimed from the smaller Fisherman Islands group at the mouth of the river. It currently is the third busiest port in Australia and the nation's fastest growing container port. It includes the main shipping channel across Moreton Bay which extends 90 kilometres (56 mi) north to Mooloolaba and is dredged to maintain a depth of fourteen metres at the lowest tide.

Queensland's next two largest ports are the Port of Gladstone and the Port of Townsville.

According to the former Queensland Department of Primary Industries the Port of Brisbane was the most likely entry point of the South American fire ant to Australia.[3]

About 60% of the coal transported through the port originates from the New Acland Mine.[4]


View from Pinkenba, 2015
View from Redcliffe, 2016

The port is managed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) under a 99-year lease from the Queensland Government. The Port of Brisbane has 29 operating berths including nine deep-water container berths and three deep-water bulk berths as well as 17 bulk and general cargo berths. In total the port facilitates more than 2,600 ships each year and transports more than 28 million tonnes of cargo each year.[5]

There are two cruise ship wharves for Brisbane, with differing facilities. Portside Wharf was completed in 2006 and is an international standard facility for cruise liners, offering restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, and more. However, due to the height restrictions of the Gateway Bridge, the larger oceangoing cruise liners must dock further down the river at the more industrial standard Multi User Terminal at the Port of Brisbane. Multi User Terminal is managed by the Port of Brisbane.

The port accommodates a visitors centre and in 2005 a shorebird roost was constructed. The bird roost is the largest site built specifically for migratory shorebirds on the east coast of Australia.


Deposits of silt and sediment in the ports channels and berths have caused delays of up to five days in the delivery of cargo including oil supplies.[6] This has occurred in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Millions of dollars is spent on dredging annually.[6]

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The Port of Brisbane Motorway is a short road linking the Gateway Motorway to the Port of Brisbane.

In 1980, the narrow gauge (1,067 mm / 3 ft 6 in) Fisherman Islands line was opened between the port and a junction near Lindum on the Cleveland line. This was converted to dual 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) / 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge in 1997 under the Keating Government's One Nation program.[7][8]


Berth Year
Length Usage Occupier
9 - 317 containers Patrick Corporation
10 2009 372 containers Patrick Corporation
11 2012 350 containers Hutchinson Ports Australia
12 2014 310 containers Hutchinson Ports Australia

The Port of Brisbane is currently under a large upgrade and extension spending A$50 million on infrastructure and a further A$100 million on equipment including over 25 automated straddle carriers owned by Patrick Corporation.

In January 2008, Port of Brisbane Corporation signed an agreement with Brisbane Container Terminals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, which Hutchison will operate berths 11 and 12 for 42 years.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wynnum Manly Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Port of Brisbane (entry 47770)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Queensland faces possibly worst ever introduced pest". The 7.30 Report. 5 March 2001. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Western – Metropolitan Rail Systems Coal Dust Monitoring Program: Pre-veneering monitoring period results" (PDF). Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. ^ Bpa.net.au. Bpa.net.au. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  6. ^ a b Tony Moore (5 December 2014). "Brisbane's oil supplies blocked by Moreton Bay silt problems". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  7. ^ Philip Laird (2001). "Australia's gauge muddle and prospects". Back on Track: Rethinking Transport Policy in Australia and New Zealand. UNSW Press. p. 191. ISBN 0-86840-411-X. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
  8. ^ "A Critique of the Dual Gauge Link to the Port of Brisbane". www.rag.org.au. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  9. ^ "HPH to invest A$200 million in port of Brisbane". Hutchison Whampoa. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2010.

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