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  • NSW leading the Australian cruise boom

    Cruise is the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia. It is also a growing trend for Australians, with 1.35 million people, or 5.8 per cent of the population cruising in 2018.
    (Source: Cruise Lines International Association. Cruise Industry Source Market Report - Ocean Cruise Passengers Australia 2018)

    Latest statistics from the 2017/18 Australian Economic Impact Assessment released by the Cruise Lines Industry Association shows that the cruise industry is worth $4.8 billion nationally, with 58 per cent attributed to NSW.

    Sydney was named the best cruise destination in Australia and New Zealand in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, led by the world’s leading cruise review website – an award based on reviews and opinions of passengers to Sydney the previous year.

    Sydney was also named Best Australian Homeport in the 2018 Australia Editors’ picks.

    Expanding infrastructure

    The NSW Government is continuing to investigate in options for cruise facilities and infrastructure in Sydney.

    A Cruise Development Plan (CDP) was released in July 2018.  It sets out a long–term strategy to develop the cruise industry in NSW. The CDP builds on the NSW Government’s investments into the State’s cruise industry.

    One of the actions from the CDP is to develop a Strategic Business Case to test the feasibility of establishing an additional cruise ship berthing facility in Sydney, east of the harbour bridge.  This is being done by the Port Authority in conjunction with NSW Treasury.


    With its iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney is Australia's cruise gateway and one of the world's most beautiful destinations.

    The 2017/18 cruise season saw a record 352 ships visit Sydney, including 7 maiden voyages. This growing trend of cruise has cemented Sydney’s place as the premier and unrivalled cruise destination in Australia and the South Pacific.

    Port Kembla

    Radiance of the Seas visited Port Kembla in January 2018 and Explorer of the Seas in March 2018. The visits continue to attract significant local attention and were well received.

    Port of Eden

    In 2017/18 there were 15 visits to the Port of Eden.  There were three maiden voyages, including the Pacific Explorer, Norwegian Jewel and Regatta. The Australian and NSW governments and Bega Valley Shire Council committed $44 million in funding for a 110m extension to the Snug Cove breakwater wharf to allow the berthing of cruise ships over 325m in length. Work commenced in August 2017 and is due to be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.


    A total of 11 cruise ships called to Newscastle Harbour in 2017/18, up from five in 2016/17.