Gold Coast Ocean - Side Cruise Ship Terminal


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Gold Coast Ocean - Side Cruise Ship Terminal

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STATUS: Announced
SECTOR: Other transport
TYPE: Greenfield

Project scope

The proposed Port of Gold Coast – Ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal is designed to cater for cruise ships typically operating around Australia as well as the world’s largest cruise ship vessels.

Key features include:

  • a jetty structure extending approximately 950 m offshore from Philip Park
  • a wharf structure including mooring and berthing facilities for cruise ships and passenger platform
  • an offshore breakwater structure approximately 780 m in length to protect berthing cruise ships and terminal infrastructure from ocean swell
  • a cruise ship terminal and landside facilities, and 
  • short term passenger drop-off areas and staff only long-term parking facilities.



Key Dates

2022: Expected construction start date




The City of Gold Coast engaged PwC to develop the original business case and guide the Project Development Phase (2017-18). Engineering and design advice were provided by AECOM.

The project will require state government approval before further procurement is undertaken.




The initial business case was funded by the City of Gold Coast Council.
The funding source for the full project cost has not yet been determined.



Project history

  • May 2017: The City of Gold Coast Council endorsed the feasibility study and business case for the Port of Gold Coast – Ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal.
  • Sep 2017: Initial Advice Statement (IAS) lodged to the Coordinator General’s office
  • Feb 2018: the IAS is refused due to the State Government’s decision to undertake the Southport Spit Master Plan.
  • Aug 2019: A revised IAS is lodged to the Coordinator General’s office.
  • Nov 2019: The project is given "co-ordinated status" by Queensland's Independent Co-Ordinator General, allowing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public consultation.



Further Information

The proposed Gold Coast OCST will be located at Philip Park on Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, more fully described as Lot 3 on Plan SP104014, in an area known locally as the ‘The Spit’. The project would be located both on land and within Queensland State waters, extending from Philip Park to approximately 1,200 metres (m) off the east coast of Australia.

The OCST is proposed as an ocean-side port facility that is designed to permit use by the range of cruise ships typically operating around Australia as well as the world’s largest cruise ship vessels. This includes Royal Caribbean’s Oasis, Quantum and Freedom classes, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Passenger capacity ranges from 2,500 to 6,500 passengers for the largest vessels, excluding crew.

Last reviewed: 12/04/2021

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