Port of Newcastle

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A bulk carrier entering the Port of Newcastle
A bulk carrier entering the Port of Newcastle

The Port of Newcastle is a major seaport in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales Australia.

It is made up of facilities in the Hunter River estuary. The port has the distinction of being both the first commercial export port in Australia and the world's busiest coal export port. Annual exports of coal from Newcastle exceed A$15 billion. Newcastle welcomes more than 2,200 ships a year.[1]

The port's harbourmaster is the Port Authority of New South Wales. Cargo facilities are operated by Port Waratah Coal Services and Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group at Kooragang Island; as well as other operators at Mayfield, Carrington and Walsh Point. There are also plans to build a cruise terminal.

On April 2014 Premier Mike Baird and Treasurer Andrew Constance announced that a “a consortium which comprises Hastings Funds Management and Chinese State-owned China Merchants” had successfully bid $1.75 billion for a 98-year lease of the Port of Newcastle.

See also[edit]

  • Port Darwin another port with a 99 year lease with a Chinese company


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2012/2013" (PDF). Newcastle Port Corporation. September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

Coordinates: 32°56′S 151°47′E / 32.933°S 151.783°E / -32.933; 151.783