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 recently named the best cruise destination in Australia and New Zealand in the first ever 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.
The NSW Government has invested significantly in new facilities and infrastructure over the past few years to ensure Sydney can continue to cater for, and attract cruise ships from around the world. Upgrades include:
- Cruise facilities at Overseas Passenger Terminal were updated in 2015 to enable operations to disembark and embark passengers in parallel and the ability for two boutique cruise ships to dock at the same time.
- A new mooring bollard was also installed at the southern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay in late 2016 to cater for next generation cruise ships.
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.
Radiance of the Seas visited Port Kembla in October 2016 heralding the start of a new tourism era for the Illlawarra. A further three vessels will bring guests to Port Kembla this cruise season.
Port of Eden
In 2016/17 there were 14 visits to the Port of Eden, up from 8 in 2015/16. In Eden, the Australian and NSW governments and Bega Valley Shire Council have confirmed $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.