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Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

Cairns Cruise Terminal

Cairns Cruise Terminal Exterior

In a major urban renewal and public infrastructure initiative for Cairns, the 100 year old, heritage-listed “Wharf Shed 3” on Trinity Inlet was refurbished and transformed into an international standard cruise liner terminal, function and exhibition space.

Completed in association with Cairns-based architects, Total Project Group, the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal creates a vibrant foreshore, contrasting with the operational wharves nearby, while linking with other foreshore developments and the town centre. The project represents a cornerstone and catalyst for what will become a major public and cultural precinct for the region.

Conserving and celebrating the unique heritage of the original building were central to the brief and design philosophy. The heritage fabric is retained and restored, while new materials and elements respectfully reflect the original structure. As per heritage guidelines, all additions and modifications are easily reversible. The project has received multiple awards for heritage conservation.

Services and structural upgrades are integrated into the fabric of the building, enhancing its integrity, amenity and use. What was an impenetrable industrial structure is now a light and open public landmark.

Cairns Cruise Terminal Entrance Detail

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

project information

Location: Trinity Inlet, Cairns

Client: Ports North

Scale: 1300m2

Cairns Cruise Terminal Interior Detail

Cairns Cruise Terminal Interior Detail

Cairns Cruise Terminal Entrance


AIA National Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture

Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence Award ‐ Commercial

Engineers Australia Award ‐ Project of the Year, Cairns Region

National Trust Queensland ‐ John Herbert Memorial Award: Most Outstanding

National Trust Queensland ‐ Gold Heritage Award for Heritage Conservation

CCAA Public Domain Awards – Commendation for Public Precincts

Far North Qld Master Builders Award ‐ Refurbishment & Renovation

AIA Queensland Don Roderick Award for Heritage Architecture

AIA Far North Queensland Eddie Oribin Building of the Year

AIA Far North Queensland Regional Commendation

Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

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