Newcastle is a major seaport and NSW's (New South Wales) second most populated metro area (following Sydney) with a population of around 310,000 and total area of approx 262 km2 (101 ml2).
Newcastle cruise port is located at the mouth of Hunter River, approx 160 km (100 ml) north-northeast of the capital city Sydney. Port Newcastle is also the world's largest coal exporting cargo port serving Australia's Hunter Region with its large coal deposits.
- Newcastle Art Gallery shelters one of the most substantial public art collections of Australia outside a major capital city. Its extensive collection of works by historical and contemporary Australian visual artists offers an overview of Australian art.
- Newcastle has various smaller theatres. Currently, the main theatre is Civic, at Wheeler Place, with seating capacity around 1500). It is one of the great historic theatres in Australia built in Art Deco style during 1929.
- Newcastle Museum was established in 1988 in former headquarters of Great Northern Railway and reveals local history, industry, science and culture. It features permanent exhibitions which relate to steel production and coal mining, aboriginal history and the history of the region, as well as hands-on science center.
- Newcastle boasts an abundance of nice beaches and surf breaks and the city is internationally known for them. The city of Newcastle hosts the surfing contest 'Surfest' held annually on the world professional surfing tour.
Port Newcastle NSW
Port Newcastle is the largest seaport on Australia's east coast. It is also ranked the the world’s largest coal export port. Annually, the cruise port contributes around AUD 26,7 million to the NSW economy.
On 6 February 2018, the company CMPort ("China Merchants Port Holdings") entered into Acquisition Agreement with Gold Newcastle Property Holding Ltd (wholly-owned subsidiary of CMU / "China Merchants Union"). CMU and Gold Newcastle agreed to sell their 50% interest in Port Newcastle (including shareholder loans AUD 162,5 million) to CMPort with a total consideration of AUD 607,5 million. The remaining 50% interest is held by TIF Investment Trus.
The port's acquisition is CMPort's first step to invest in Oceania and the South Pacific region. The company's "Port and Park" development projects (PPC / “Port-Park-City” model) aim to operate its largest port businesses as both cargo shipping and park developments.
- Port's principal businesses include property investment, port and property management, port and trade development, dredging, survey, docking (wharf / berth) services, maintenance of assets, pricing for services.
- For FY2016, Port Newcastle reported total assets value approx AUD 2,4411 billion and net assets vallue AUD 854,8 million. In 2016, In 2016, it handled 167 million tons of bulk cargo, of which 161 million were coal export.
- The port consists of 4 zones, with a total of 21 berths (9 of which are coal berths) with a total annual capacity 211 million tons. it covers a total land area of 7,92 km2 (792 hectares), including 200 hectares vacant lands (for further development).
- In September 2016, the NSW Government budgeted AUD 12,7 million for building a new multi-purpose passenger terminal (Carrington Cruise Terminal), which construction started in 2018.
- This is Hunter Valley's only gateway port. It serves the local coal fields producing high-quality thermal coal,
- The port handles approx 40% of Australia’s coal export. The major coal importers are Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
- In June 2018 started works on the new Newcastle Bulk Terminal at Walsh Point (Kooragang Island), with scheduled completion in 2019. The AUD 33 million investment was in bulk cargo handling equipment and infrastructure developments. The new Bulk Terminal was created by combining 2 berths (Kooragang 2 and 3). Construction works also included dismantling of 2 existing cranes, construction of a new ship unloader crane, infrastructure upgrades (conveyors, wharf, electrical system). At the new cargo terminal are handled ships carrying fertilisers, foods, alumina (aluminum oxide), magnetite one, cement, bulk liquids.
- In August 2018, the port started planning a new container terminal to boost local economy and reduce trucks through expanded use of city's rail connectivity. Economic modelling showed that a container terminal will significantly benefit city's economy by reducing freight and infrastructure costs and port congestion, boosting international shipping trade and generating local jobs.
Newcastle cruise terminal
Currently, large cruise ships in Newcastle NSW dock in Carrington, while smaller vessels may dock at Queen's Wharf (Newcastle's ferry terminal). There is a proposal for building a 2nd cruise terminal at Dyke Point.
In June 2016, NSW Government announced an USD 0,8 million port development project for the Carrington Cruise Terminal, which mooring bollards were upgraded to handle larger vessels. For the project, the Australian Government provided USD 0,4 million.
In 2017, “NSW Government contributed AUD 13,1 million towards the cruise port's AUD 13,5 million upgrades.
Newcastle Cruise Terminal
In September 2016, the NSW Government announced its plans for constructing a new, purposefully-built cruise terminal. The new (AUD 12,7 million) facility was built at Channel Berth and has capacity to handle large-sized cruise vessels (with LOA length up to 300 m / 984 ft). Its specifications are similar to Port Sydney's White Bay Terminal. The project was funded by "Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund".
The new terminal covers an area of approx 3000 m2 (32,300 ft2) and as facilities includes passenger drop-off / pick up zones, coach parking area, cruise vessel provisioning facility.
Construction works on the new terminal started in 2017, with scheduled completion in 2018.
Port Newcastle cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Newcastle, NSW Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Newcastle cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Newcastle, NSW Australia.
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