Cruise – Newcastle

16 September 2014

Newcastle is the State’s second-largest city behind Sydney. This modern, beachside metropolis boasts an intriguing colonial and maritime history, a spectacular coastline and a vibrant cultural life.

Newcastle is also the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region and close to Port Stephens where you can enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise or a quad bike tour in the surrounding sand dunes. The exciting range of shore tour experiences includes food and wine, soft adventure, history and culture, eco-tourism and coastal-themed excursions. Australian ground handlers can provide further tour information.

Port capabilities

  • A dedicated cruise berth with capacity for up to 320 m LOA, 9.7 m draft, 15.2 m channel and swing basin
  • Larger vessels with azipods considered on request
  • Newcastle’s close proximity to Sydney (about four hours sailing time) provides an easy solution if berth congestion or availability issues arise
  • New mooring bollards installation is due in 2017 and will permit vessels >130,000 GRT to berth

Port Upgrade

Funding for the construction of a Newcastle Cruise Terminal has been confirmed. The project scope includes approximately 3,000m2 dedicated terminal, improved car and bus parking, and wharf upgrades to accept larger vessels. The expected completion date is year-end 2018.

More information on Newcastle Port

Newcastle Cruise Schedule

Newcastle port prospectus

A prospectus with more information on port capabilities, destination and shore tours can be viewed at

Popular Newcastle and Hunter shore excursions

Hunter Valley wine country
Sample fine wine and gourmet food in Australia’s oldest, and one of its most popular, wine regions.

Dolphin cruises in Port Stephens
Meet the resident dolphins and ride the boom net on the daily dolphin watching cruise, with a 99 per cent success rate in dolphin sightings!

Newcastle highlights
Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, cool bars and acclaimed restaurants.

Central Coast highlights
See native wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park including kangaroos, koalas and reptiles and spend time exploring the seaside towns of the Central Coast.

Queen Elizabeth in Port of Newcastle | Credit: Port of Newcastle

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