Cairns is located on the Far North Coast of Queensland approximately 1,700 kilometres from Brisbane. The city has a population of over 122,000 and is the economic hub for sugar, gold, precious metals and agriculture for the surrounding coastal and tableland regions. Tourism also plays a major role for the city because of its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation.
Cairns Ports Limited owns and operates Cairns Port. The port is multi-purpose and supports both industry and tourism. Bulk cargo through the port consists primarily of petroleum, sugar, fertiliser and liquid petroleum gas. Cairns Port is also ideally located to supply and service mining operations in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. There are four wharves for industry use:
WHARVES NO. 7-8: General cargo, dry bulk, container and fertiliser berths.
WHARF NO. 10: Tanker berth for oil and LP gas.
WHARF NO. 12: Bulk sugar terminal and bulk molasses berth owned and operated by
Sugar Terminals Limited.
Cairns Port is Australia’s busiest cruise port with over 200 international and domestic cruise ship visits a year. Wharves 1-6 form a continuous quay length of 595m and are used predominantly for cruise vessels and visiting Naval vessels. Wharves 2 and 3 are heritage listed cargo sheds, one of which is used as an international cruise terminal.
The newly constructed Reef Fleet Terminal is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef for more than 650,000 passengers who visit the reef from Cairns each year. The Cairns Marlin Marina is a 214 berth Marina accommodating a variety of cruising vessels, superyachts and reef vessel operations that also service the Great Barrier Reef.