Port of Newcastle is a global gateway for the Hunter and regional NSW.

Port of Newcastle is the largest port on the east coast of Australia, handling 166 million tonnes of cargo and 4,600 ship movements each year. The port’s annual trade is worth more than A$29 billion to the NSW economy, enabling businesses to successfully compete in international markets.

The success of the port is inextricably linked to the prosperity of Newcastle and the Hunter region. The port supports 9,000 full-time equivalent jobs across NSW, and its economic contribution is estimated to represent 9% of the Hunter’s gross regional product.

Port of Newcastle benefits from its direct connectivity to national freight rail and road infrastructure. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity and significant port land available, Port of Newcastle will continue to underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia long into the future.

The global trade environment continues to shift and evolve, giving rise to new opportunities and ways to grow. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible port for the future.

Port of Newcastle is embarking on an ambitious diversification strategy that will utilise the full capacity of its assets to grow trade through establishing new, efficient and cost-effective supply chains.

Major initiatives that will underpin the port’s diversification strategy include:

  • increasing capacity and efficiency at the Newcastle Bulk Terminal with state-of-the-art infrastructure;
  • development of the Newcastle Multi-Purpose Deepwater Terminal;
  • continuing to build partnerships with stakeholders to maximise use of the Automotive and Roll-on, Roll-off (ro-ro) hub;
  • continuation and growth of major bulk trades including coal, fertiliser, grain and mineral concentrates; and
  • supporting EPIK’s Newcastle GasDock project to increase supply to the NSW domestic gas market.

Australian freight is predicted to double over the next 20 years and beyond. Port of Newcastle is committed to leveraging this growth for the benefit of the Hunter region and NSW.

Key highlights 

  • Third largest port in Australia, with capacity to double its trade volume
  • Direct berth-to-rail capability with connections to the national heavy rail network
  • Diverse cargo handling including coal, bulk liquids and fuels, containers, project cargo such as rail and wind turbines, wheat, fertiliser, steel, cement, meals and grains
  • Storage availability
  • Portside land ready for development
  • A deepwater channel that can handle more than 10,000 ship movements per year