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Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport June 2015.jpg
Moreton Bay, the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport, 2015
Port of Brisbane is located in Queensland
Port of Brisbane
Port of Brisbane
Location in Queensland
Population 0 (2016 census)
 • Density 0/km2 (0/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4178
Area 24.6 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 22 km (14 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane (Wynnum Manly Ward)
State electorate(s) Lytton
Federal Division(s) Bonner
Suburbs around Port of Brisbane:
Bramble Bay Moreton Bay Moreton Bay
Pinkenba Port of Brisbane Moreton Bay
Pinkenba Lytton Moreton Bay

Port of Brisbane is the shipping port and coastal suburb of the City of Brisbane, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Port of Brisbane had no residents living in the suburb. The port is the largest in the state of Queensland.


Port of Brisbane seen from Pinkenba
View from Pinkenba, 2015
Port of Brisbane from Redcliffe Point at Redcliffe, Queensland
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.

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. This has occurred in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Millions of dollars is spent on dredging annually.

Transport links

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.


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.

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