• Throughput tonnage (financial year to date)
    Annual throughput (16-17)
  • Conditions
    Loading ...

As one of the largest coal export ports in the world, the Port of Hay Point is a vital part of the social and economic fabric of both Mackay and Queensland, more broadly.

Two separate coal terminals at the port, Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT) and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), service coal mines in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The mines link to the terminals via an integrated rail-port network.

The port has expanded significantly over the past 20 years and now primarily exports metallurgical coal, a key resource in the steel-making process.


A tight-knit community resides in Hay Point, about 40 kilometres south of Mackay. While the port is the key feature of the town (there's even a look out from the Port Administration building), locals benefit from a tropical beachside lifestyle. Residents and port workers have unparalleled access to enjoy some of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Trading through Hay Point

The Port of Hay Point comprises two separate coal export terminals: Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), which is leased from the state government by DBCT Management Pty Ltd, and Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT), which is owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and operated by Hay Point Services.

Port capability includes:

  • purpose-built rail in-loading facilities at both terminals
  • onshore stockpiling areas
  • offshore wharves serviced by conveyor systems and supported on jetties that run out to sea and allow loading in deep water.

See port throughput figures.

Marine offloading facility

NQBP operates the Half Tide Tug Harbour Marine Operating Facility (HTTH MOF), a safe location for the short, medium and long-term basing of barges and other marine support equipment. There are three loading facilities at the port’s MOF. The Lay Down/Hardstand Areas of the MOF are available for storage by arrangement only, and fees and/or charges apply.

Strategic planning

Growth at Port of Hay Point is expected to continue to meet industry demand.

The Hay Point Marine Offloading Facility infrastructure project is complete and open for business.

We continue to build a better port to service stakeholder requirements.

Read an overview of our planning or consult the Port of Hay Point land use plan.

Sustainable sediment management project

We have spent more than 12 months undertaking detailed studies and engaging with a range of stakeholders to understand the source of sediment and appropriate disposal options for natural accumulation at the Port of Hay Point. Left unmanaged, natural sedimentation is a safety risk. It fills up navigational infrastructure such as channels, berth pockets, swing basins and aprons, impacting the depth necessary for safe loading, manoeuvring and transit of ships.

By taking a structured, value-based, decision-making process, we have arrived at a safe, efficient and sustainable solution for keeping the Port of Hay Point open for business. Our Port of Hay Point Sustainable Sediment Management (SSM) Assessment of Navigational Infrastructure was peer reviewed and is considered world's best practice. It weighed up all possible options for sediment management and determined that offshore disposal of sediment material from maintenance dredging is the most sustainable option.

We have provided a long-term framework for proactive sediment management and we are now in the process of applying for a long-term government permit to undertake maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point in accordance with our findings.

Do business with the Port of Hay Point
Join other organisations that have entered into integrated, cost-efficient contracts with us, and capitalise on the trade opportunities of our cutting-edge ports.