COVID-19 Update

On 20 May 2020, the Australian Minister for Health extended the restriction on cruise ships entering Australian waters. The determination prohibits the arrival at an Australian port of any international cruise ship that has left a foreign port. The current restriction extends to 17 September 2020.

Further to this, the Queensland Chief Health Officer extended the restriction on foreign flagged cruise ships entering Queensland waters until 17 August 2020 and may be further extended.

Cruising in Queensland

Queensland has the second largest economic impact generated from the cruise industry in Australia. Queensland generated total value add of $570 million from an output of $1,037 million. A total of 521 cruise ship days were spent along Queensland shores in 2018/19, bringing in 853,000 passengers and crew.

The Queensland Government recognises the importance of cruise tourism for delivering economic and social benefits to Brisbane and coastal Queensland. The intention is to ensure Queensland captures the continuing strong growth in the cruise sector and optimises potential economic and job creation outcomes into the future.
Tourism and Events Queensland actively promotes Queensland through a range of activities in a bid to attract new cruise ships to the state.
Tourism and Events Queensland also undertakes a range of activities to ensure the Queensland tourism industry is well equipped to service the growing cruise shore excursion requirements, with the aim of maximising the economic benefits of cruise shipping to Queensland.


Queensland is home to more than 14 cruise destinations [insert expenditure map] including five active cruise berths (Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns) and many moorings (Moreton Island, Mooloolaba, Fraser Island, Great Keppel Island, Whitsundays, Dunk Island, Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Thursday Island).

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provides a network of designated anchorages for cruise ships throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are specific requirements for cruise ships regarding access and bookings throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to limit damage from anchoring, while allowing closer access to reefs and islands in order to enhance the passenger’s experience of the Great Barrier Reef.

How to get involved

Check out this presentation on how to get involved in cruise shore excursion programs.

Click here for a list of inbound tour operators currently involved in cruise shore excursion programs. 

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