Cairns Port Authority
(CPA) is a Queensland
Government statutory Corporation
responsible for the operation of Cairns International Airport
and the Cairns
Seaport. The Authority is also responsible for the Cairns Marlin Marina and the Cityport project. The Airport, Seaport and Cityport comprise the authority’s three business units.
The Cairns Seaport is located on Trinity Inlet
. It handles cargo and passenger vessels. Passenger vessels berth at Trinity Wharf at the northern end of the port. The port is an important contributor to the city’s tourism economy. 202 international and domestic cruise ships
visited in 2004/05 financial year making it the nation’s busiest cruise ship destination.
The southern end of the port, the main cargo area, handles 1.16 million tonnes of cargo yearly. Bulk cargoes include sugar and molasses (exports) and fertiliser, petroleum and LPG (imports). The port plays an important role in providing supplies to coastal communities on the Cape York Peninsula, Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Cairns Marlin Marina
The Cairns Marlin Marina is located at the entrance to Trinity Inlet
near 'The Pier' Shopping Centre. It contains 214 berths and can accommodate vessels up to 70 metres in length. Many private yachts
are based at the marina
, as well as a significant number of commercial tourism operators who provide tours to the Great Barrier Reef
Cityport is an urban renewal development occurring at the southern end of the Cairns CBD adjacent to the seaport and centred around Trinity Wharf.