Passengers at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal will soon have 340 more onsite car parks because of a surge in demand.

Port of Brisbane CEO, Neil Stephens, said the extra capacity would be a great addition to the new terminal. It welcomed 138 vessels and almost 650,000 passengers in its first 12 months of operation. The car spaces for Brisbane Cruise Terminal will be completed in 2024.

Stephens said: “We experienced significant demand for onsite car parking last season, particularly during the busy summer months, and we expect similar again this year as passengers plan their cruise holidays.

“We hope the extra car park capacity will help ensure the experience for cruise passengers at the BICT is as seamless and easy as possible.”

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, owner of the BICT, will oversee the car park extension. It will increase the size of existing car parks 2 and 3 and relocate the staff car park. The additional car parks will increase total onsite car parking to 1282 parking bays.

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is fast becoming a powerhouse port in the cruise market. The new car spaces will help even further.

Stephens said: “Brisbane has experienced a remarkable cruise recovery, with Brisbane International Cruise Terminal welcoming 12 different cruise lines throughout the season.”

“We’re also looking forward to a second successful season.”

Brisbane will welcome more than 160 vessels to the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal during the 2023/24 cruise season. It runs from October 2023-September 2024.

Ships like Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, Carnival Luminosa putting Queensland cruising in direct competition with Sydney and Melbourne.

Wilson Parking will continue to manage the BICT space.