Cruise Ship Terminal Feasibility Study

A Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal has long been identified as having potential to grow Queensland and regional tourism.

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Ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal feasibility study

The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier tourist destination offering visitors a broad range of high quality and unique experiences.

The global and Australian cruise shipping sectors have enjoyed significant increases in demand over the last decade. The expansion of the cruise shipping sector internationally is forecast to continue. Australia is well positioned to access this anticipated growth due to its counter seasonal climate patterns relative to the major northern hemisphere cruise locations.

Australia has a reputation as a safe location with a variety of things to see and do which appeals to a broad range of cruising passengers. Consultation with the cruise ship industry in 2012 indicated strong potential demand for a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast.

While the Gold Coast does not have a dedicated cruise ship facility, the opportunity to establish a Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal has long been identified as having potential to grow Queensland and regional tourism. A summary of the history of investigations and associated market processes is provided below:

  • 2012:
    • City of Gold Coast Standalone Cruise Ship Terminal (CST) Options Investigations
    • Unsolicited Market Proposals: Sembawang and Leda Group
  • 2013:
    • Broadwater Marine Project (BMP): Cruise Ship Terminal is a mandatory inclusion
  • 2014:
    • BMP concludes, ASF Consortium "possible proponent"
    • ASF shortlisted under QLD Integrated Resorts Developments (IRD) Process
    • QLD Government rules out Spit north of Seaworld for ASF’s development proposal
    • ASF releases Wave Break Island focused proposal
  • 2015:
    • QLD Government election (change of government)
    • QLD Government rules out Wave Break Island for development
    • QLD Government announces ASF Consortium as the only Gold Coast IRD proponent
    • QLD Government announces that a CST is not a mandatory inclusion for the Gold Coast IRD
  • 2016:
    • City of Gold Coast to investigate ocean-side CST
    • City of Gold Coast focuses investigation ocean-side of Philip Park
  • 2017:
    • City of Gold Coast lodges Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) referral with the Federal Government for an Ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal (OCST)
    • Federal Minister determines an OCST project would not require Federal environmental approval if undertaken according to conditions
    • City of Gold Coast receives business case for an OCST
    • City of Gold Coast endorses next procedural steps, including Initial Advice Statement (IAS) for submission to the State Government

The City of Gold Coast resolved to investigate an ocean-side CST to enable the City to tap into this strong growth market.

Ocean-side investigation area:

Ocean-side of Philip Park.

The project approach includes an initial assessment of technical feasibility for options and the delivery of a business case to evaluate the costs and benefits of an ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal for the Gold Coast.

View the City of Gold Coast Ocean-side CST Report 13 October 2016 (PDF 390kb)

View the City of Gold Coast Ocean-side CST Report 2 June 2016 (PDF 2.3mb)

View the City of Gold Coast Ocean-side CST Report 25 May 2017 (PDF 6.5mb)

Previous Council reports

Cruise Ship Terminal Report #4

Council Meeting - 21 August 2013 (PDF 310kb)

BMT WBM study - Part 1 (PDF 3.5mb)

BMT WBM study - Part 2 (PDF 4.8mb)


Cruise Ship Terminal Report #3

Council Meeting - 13 December 2012 (PDF 7.51mb)


Cruise Ship Terminal Report #2

Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal Report #2 (PDF 323kb)


Cruise Ship Terminal Report #1

Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal Report #1 (Options Report) (PDF 817kb)

Previous Cruise Ship Terminal investigations

  1. Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal business case
  2. Navigation simulation
  3. Notional Seaway Project Environmental Impact Study
  4. Final Options Definition Report Project Princess Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal

 

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