Queensland is set for its first dedicated “mega cruise ship terminal” after the recent approval of a $158-million project for the north side of the Brisbane River.

Designed by Arup and Arkhefield, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point will take up approximately 9,300 square metres set over two levels. The terminal itself will be connected to a 200-metre-long wharf. Designs released by Arup and Arkhefield reveal the incorporation of public open spaces, parking for cars and buses, and extensive landscaping across the site.

The facility will have the capacity to accommodate cruise vessels of all sizes, including “mega ships” – defined as vessels longer than 270 metres – that will now be able to use Brisbane as a base port.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says that the now-approved Brisbane International Cruise Terminal was the second market-led Proposal to advance to the delivery phase, following the $512-million Logan Motorway Enhancement Project that is currently under construction.

“A dedicated, purpose-built cruise ship terminal will boost our international reputation as a global tourism destination of choice,” says Palaszczuk.

“It will serve as a catalyst to supercharge growth in our tourism sector and related industries and generate jobs now and into the future.”

Site preparation will kick off this month before construction of the wharf begins mid-2018. Construction of the actual terminal will start in approximately 12 months’ time.