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Queensland has an extensive network of 21 ports along its coastline, ranging from small community ports to world-class coal export terminals and a capital city multi-cargo port. 

The ports are a major component of Queensland's supply chain and economy, facilitating trade and the development of the regional, state and national economies. 

The ports are currently managed by 4 government-owned corporations, a private company for the Port of Brisbane and Rio Tinto Limited managing the Chith Export Facility servicing the Amrun bauxite mine in Far North Queensland.

The Queensland port system’s total trade throughput in 2019-20 was 356.8 million tonnes.

Statistics for trade imports and exports through Queensland’s ports are provided in the annual Trade Statistics for Queensland Ports report.

The locations of Queensland's ports are provided in the map below. 

Map of Queensland ports

Why are our ports important?

Maritime gateways

There were 9704 trading vessel visits to Queensland ports in 2019-20.

Growing our economy

In 2019-20 imports and exports worth $114.4 billion (preliminary) moved through Queensland's ports.


Servicing the shipping industry

Port marine and shipping services move cargo from road and rail to sea, linking Queensland to the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Supporting regional industries

Facilitating local trade and development, providing infrastructure for the trade of minerals and agriculture from our regions.

Sustaining coastal communities

Connecting and sustaining our remote and indigenous communities.

Supporting tourism

Queensland is a favoured destination for cruise ships.

National defence and security

Ports support Australia’s national defence and security and provide a vital lifeline during times of disaster and emergency.

Last updated
22 April 2021