Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal




Civil & Infrastructure




Ports North



Team Leader

Paul De Jong


Arkhefield & Total Project Group

landscape architect

Cardno Splat

Civil & Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

MGF Consultants

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Project value



Weeks to build


Awards won

The project has been a resounding success, achieved a number of industry awards and has exceeded Ports North’s expectations in terms of the Cruise Ship Terminal operations and utilisation as a multi-purpose facility.


The new cruise liner passenger processing facilities spearhead an urban renewal of the Cairns wharf precinct. The existing heritage structure is newly cloaked with an exterior skin of Colorbond steel and insulation, leaving the original fabric largely visible inside. Steel-framed windows installed all around the exterior skin let natural light in, open up views and make the interior heritage fabric visible from the outside.

A significant aspect of the project was the restoration and refurbishment of the existing  wharf, buildings and fittings – without which they would have continued to deteriorate. Where possible the existing materials were maintained or recycled within the new facility. By constructing a new roof above the existing deteriorated roof it was possible to leave the original roof in place (which could be viewed from below) whilst preventing any further deterioration of the structure.

The project received awards for architecture, heritage and building at regional, state and national levels. We believe the quality of the finished product is worthy of the praise received on this important project and are proud to have achieved these results in what was a difficult project.


2011 AIA Awards Far North Queensland Eddie Oribin Building of the Year

2011 AIA Awards Far North Queensland Regional Commendation

2011 AIA Awards National Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture

2011 AIA Awards Queensland Don Roderick Award for Heritage Architecture

2011 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards Queensland Commercial Construction

2011 CCAA Public Domain Awards Commendation for Public Precincts

2011 Engineers Australia Awards Cairns Local Group - Project of the Year

2011 National Trust Queensland Awards Gold Heritage Award for Heritage Conservation

2011 National Trust Queensland Awards John Herbert Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Project

2011 QMBA Awards Far North Queensland Refurbishment/Renovation over $4M

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal


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