Port of Brisbane is the
shipping port of Brisbane, on the east
coast of Australia. It is located in the
lower reaches of the Brisbane River on reclaimed land that was once called Fisherman's
Island at the mouth of the river.
It currently is the third
busiest port in Australia and the nation's fastest growing container
port. It includes the main
shipping channel across the Moreton Bay which extends 90 km north to Mooloolaba and is dredged to maintain a
depth fourteen metres at the lowest tide.
Queensland's next two largest ports are the Port of Gladstone and the Port of Townsville.
According to the Queensland
Department of Primary Industries
the Port of Brisbane was the
most likely entry point of the South American fire ant
The port is managed by the Port of Brisbane Corporation (PBC) and
facilitates more than 2,600 ships each year. The Port of Brisbane
has nine deep-water container berths
and three deep-water bulk berths as
well as 17 bulk and general cargo berths. In total the port
transports more than 28 million tonnes of cargo each year. 
There are two cruise ship wharves for Brisbane, with differing
facilities. Portside Wharf
completed in 2006 and is an international standard facility for
cruise liners, offering restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, and
more. However, due to the height restrictions of
Bridge, the larger ocean going cruise liners must dock
further up the river at the more industrial standard Pinkenba Wharf.
Pinkenba Wharf is
managed by the Port of Brisbane authority.
The port accommodates a visitors centre and in 2005 a shorebird
roost was constructed. The bird roost is
the largest site built specifically for migratory shorebirds on the
east coast of Australia.
The Port of Brisbane
is a short road linking the Gateway Motorway
to the Port of
In 1980 a narrow gauge (1067 millimetres) railway line was opened
between the port and a junction near Lindum
on the Cleveland
line. This was
converted to dual 1435/1067 mm gauge in 1997 under the Keating
Government's One Nation
The Port of Brisbane is currently under a large upgrade and
extension spending AUS $50 million on infrastructure and a further
AUS $100 million on equipment including over 25 automated straddle
carriers owned by Patrick