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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.

In 2020–21, the Queensland port system's total trade throughput was 334.4 million tonnes.

Source: Queensland port authorities (including Port of Brisbane and Port of Amrun)

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

See port locations across Queensland in the map below.

Map showing Queensland ports and their controlling authorities
Map showing port locations across Queensland

Why are our ports important?

Maritime gateways

In 2020–21, there were 8,679 trading vessel visits to Queensland's maritime ports.

Source: Queensland port authorities (trade ships only, cargo carrying vessels)

Growing our economy

In 2020–21, imports and exports worth $97.9 billion (preliminary) moved through Queensland's maritime 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 13 February 2023