Cairns Port Procedures and Information for Shipping
The port of Cairns is situated 1,750km north of Brisbane and 11km to the west of Cape Grafton in a naturally-protected harbour in Trinity Inlet. The main imports are petroleum products and fertilisers and the main exports are raw sugar and molasses. It is a popular port of call for international and domestic cruise vessels and a base for patrol boats of the Royal Australian Navy.
It is a distribution port for the many small communities to the north of Cairns and mining ventures in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Cairns is also home to a large fleet of prawn trawlers with mooring facilities for 94 vessels.
The Marlin Marina complex situated at the entrance to the harbour has a current capacity of 217 pontoon berths for game fishing, dive, recreation and tourist vessels up to 80m in length as well as 30 reef fleet berths and 10 berths for super yachts.
Cairns shipping manual
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- Regional Harbour Master (Cairns)
Phone: +61 7 4052 7400z
Fax: +61 7 4052 7427w
- Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Limited
Phone: +61 7 4051 2558z
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Department of Home Affairs (Customs)
Fax: +61 2 6275 6331w
- Bureau of Meteorology
zLocal call – higher rates may apply outside local area or from mobile phones.
wLocal call – higher rates may apply outside local area.