The long-awaited design of the Newcastle Cruise Terminal has been unveiled.
The $12.7 million terminal will be built at Channel Berth, with construction beginning in the new year and due to wrap up by late-2018.
“Throughout the design process, Port of Newcastle has worked with the cruise industry, tourism representatives and Australian border agencies to factor in their requirements," Port of Newcastle’s CEO Geoff Crowe said.
“Unveiling the design is a significant step and it is only going to get more exciting from here."
The terminal will allow the city to receive bigger cruise ships into the future.
“We look forward to welcoming the Explorer of the Seas on her maiden visit to Newcastle in February 2019 – the largest cruise ship to visit our port carrying 3,900 passengers,” Mr Crowe said.
The principal contractor will be appointed in early 2018.
The cruise ship industry currently injects $11 million per year into the Hunter's economy.