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Queensland’s sunny capital, Brisbane, lies about 15 kilometres inland from the mouth of Moreton Bay. Located on the winding Brisbane River, Australia’s third-largest city is also a popular cruise destination. With its bustling retail precincts, thriving cultural scene and some of Australia’s finest dining, it’s now a popular destination for domestic and international travellers alike.

The Brisbane Cruise Terminal is located in Hamilton, about 10 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. Part of the Portside Wharf cruising, residential and retail development, the terminal boasts numerous shops, restaurants and even a cinema complex.

Welcoming on average more than 50 ships per year, Brisbane Cruise Terminal is one of the busiest in Australia and accommodates ships up to 270 metres in length. Larger vessels dock at the nearby Pinkenba Wharf due to height restrictions imposed by the Gateway Bridge.

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General Information

  • Currency  - the local currency in Brisbane is the Australian dollar. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and $1 and $2 denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
  • Time Zone - Brisbane uses Australian Eastern Standard Time. It is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
  • Weather - Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate, ensuring dry and mild winters and hot and humid summers. Average temperatures range between 30° Celsius in January and 22° Celsius in June, with thunderstorms a common occurrence on summer afternoons.


  • Eat Street Markets - conveniently located next to Portside Wharf, the popular Eat Street Markets take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Housed in converted shipping containers along the water’s edge, the markets combine casual outdoor dining with stalls selling a variety of merchandise to produce one of Brisbane’s most exciting retail precincts.
  • Racecourse Road - running perpendicular to Kingsford Smith Drive, bustling Racecourse Road is one of Hamilton’s most popular dining and entertainment precincts. Lined with cafes, restaurants and bars along the route to Eagle Farm Racecourse, this popular thoroughfare is also regarded as one of Brisbane’s most fashionable streets.
  • Breakfast Creek Hotel - just a stone’s throw from Portside Wharf is one of Brisbane’s most historic pubs, with the heritage-listed Breakfast Creek Hotel operating continuously in its current location since 1890. Designed in a French Renaissance style, it is as famous for its steaks as it is for the hospitality of the locals who frequent it.
  • Newstead House - Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence, Newstead House is located on a picturesque bend of the Brisbane River. Built in the Colonial-Georgian style and later updated to Victorian tastes, today the historic residence is a museum, while the grounds are open to the public and host occasional concerts and civic events.

Port Location

Conveniently located 7 kilometres south-west of Brisbane Airport, the Brisbane Cruise Terminal was opened in 2006 to cater to the growing international cruise market. It is within easy reach of Brisbane’s city centre via a range of ferry, bus and taxi services.

Port Facilities

A purpose-built port which functions as part of the integrated retail and residential Portside Wharf complex, the terminal is well-equipped to handle a high volume of passengers.

Facilities include:

  • short-term on-site parking for 350 cars
  • easy access to Brett’s Wharf ferry terminal
  • a mixture of casual and fine-dining restaurants
  • several bars and cafes
  • a 5-screen cinema complex.

Accommodation is available at several hotels and motels located along nearby Kingsford Smith Drive.

How to Get Around

There are several ways to travel to and from the terminal. Many cruise lines operate shuttle services to the Brisbane CBD. Several car hire companies operate within the vicinity of the terminal. Courtesy shuttles are generally offered by car hire companies unable to meet passengers directly outside the terminal.

Travel times from Brisbane Cruise Terminal

By car/taxi:

  • 15 minutes to Brisbane Airport (taxi $20 to $35)
  • 20 minutes to Brisbane CBD (taxi $30 to $40).

The terminal is well connected to rail links and is about 1.3 kilometres from Doomben Station and 1.7 kilometres from Ascot Station.

By train:

  • 17 minutes from Ascot to Central Station
  • 19 minutes from Doomben to Central Station.

It is about 200 metres from Brett’s Wharf ferry terminal.

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