For domestic and international businesses looking to invest in the Hunter region, it’s the largest regional economy in Australia.

The Hunter is the largest regional contributor to the state’s gross domestic product and the region contributes over $32.3 billion to the NSW economy with mining, manufacturing, health and social services the largest sectors.

A recent study confirmed that regional Australia's global gateway, the Port of Newcastle contributed $1.8 billion to gross state product and over 4,700 jobs. 

The Port of Newcastle is the largest port (based on tonnage) on the east coast of Australia. Last year Newcastle handled 167 million tonnes of trade, valued at $24 billion. It also benefits from unrivalled capacity thanks to its shipping channel which is ready to handle double the current trade or more than 10,000 shipping movements per annum. 

The Port of Newcastle handles all cargo types from dry bulk, project cargo, bulk liquids, break bulk, steel, roll-on/roll-off and is the world’s leading coal export port. The Port also handles cruise passengers and welcomed more than 20,000 travellers to the region during the 2017/18 season. The Australian Cruise Association estimates that cruise injects around $11 million per annum back into the local economy.

Newcastle is well connected to major shipping ports throughout the Asia-Pacific region and, as the gateway port to regional Australia, has direct connections to the national road and rail network and the proposed Inland Rail route linking Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Port will be shortly releasing its 20-year Master Plan which will outline the Port’s strategic development opportunities for the next 20 years. 

Learn more about investing in the Hunter region.