Port Access

Maritime Security Levels

The Port of Brisbane is at Maritime Security Level 1

Maritime security threat levels:

Level 1 - Standard security measures are required to be in place.
Level 2 - General elevated threat where additional security measures will be required.
Level 3 - Highest threat level, where a terrorist attack may be imminent.

Restricted Zones at the port

Access to the security regulated port is controlled by perimeter fencing, control points, identity cards, signage and CCTV. Signs are positioned around the port, and indicate land and waterside restricted zones. Penalties apply if anyone enters a restricted zone. One penalty point = $110.

Public Access

Visitors are welcome to visit the port, although we would request that you restrict your visit to daylight hours. The port precinct is patrolled 24 hours a day. Members of the public driving on the roads after hours may be stopped by port security and questioned about their reasons for being in the port precinct or in the vicinity of port facilities. Access to all port facilities and wharves will be restricted to those with the correct authorisation.

Photographs at the port

The Port of Brisbane is a security regulated port and taking photographs in restricted port areas is not permitted. Restricted areas include waterside port operations like Patrick, DP World, AAT, Sunstate Cement, GrainCorp and QBH. If you would like to access these areas for photography or filming, you must approach the operator and seek their permission.

Photographing is only permitted in the following unrestricted areas:

  • Visitors Centre and Cafe, Port Central Avenue
  • Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost, Lucinda Drive, Port of Brisbane
  • River access point at the west end of Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane
  • Whyte Island Boat Ramp, Port of Brisbane

PBPL has an extensive photo library, and is happy to provide quality, high-resolution images upon request. Please contact a member of the Marketing and Communications team for more information.

Luggage Point on the northside of the Brisbane River is also a good vantage point to photograph ships at the port; and, images of the port may be viewed and downloaded from PBPL's image gallery.

Waterside Access

Waterside access to operating wharves is restricted to 30 metres from the wharves or 30 metres from a vessel berthed at the wharf.  These areas are protected under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and the required Port Notice has been published. A maximum penalty of 100 points ($7,500) may apply for failure to comply with the Port Notice.

Waterside Restricted Zones may be activated under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003. The areas to be activated as Waterside Restricted Zones have been gazetted.  Unauthorised access to Waterside Restricted Zones carries a penalty of 50 units (or $3,750). We conduct patrols of the waterside area with our patrol vessels, PortWatch 1 and PortWatch 2.

Under no circumstances is fishing allowed under any wharf at the port or within 30 metres of a wharf or a vessel located at the wharf.

In the interest of detecting and deterring any unauthorised activity within the port, we ask you please follow these rules and requests.