The Port of Hay Point is one of the largest coal export ports in the world. It comprises two coal export terminals, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT).

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 the Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT) which is owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and operated by Hay Point Services. Together these coal terminals service the mines in the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. The mines are linked to the port terminals through an integrated rail-port network.

Both terminals have purpose-built, rail inloading facilities, onshore stockpile yards and offshore wharves. The offshore wharves are serviced by conveyor systems, supported on jetties, which run out to sea and allow loading in deep water.

Hay Point is situated about 40 kilometres south of Mackay.

Entry into and/or use of the Port of Hay Point area is subject to Port Notices. Failure to comply with the Port of Hay Point Port Notices is an offence under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld) and penalties apply as outlined in the Port Charges.

More information about the Port of Hay Point can be found in the Port of Hay Point Port Handbook.








Dudgeon Point sits within the existing Port of Hay Point, approximately four kilometres north-west of the two existing coal terminals. NQBP holds around 1400 hectares at Dudgeon Point, principally as freehold land. In the State approved Port Land Use Plan, around half of the site is zoned for port use and the remainder is being retained by NQBP for environmental or general buffer purposes.

In 2012, NQBP prepared a plan for possible future development of this land, should industry require it over the next 10-30 years. The development plan entitled “Draft Final – Port of Hay Point – Ten Year Development Master Plan” was published and is available here

There are no immediate plans to develop the Dudgeon Point site, but it remains available for future port use. There is a designated transport corridor through the Fenechvale area to Dudgeon Point. If the Dudgeon Point site is developed, this transport corridor would service a train line to that site.


NQBP is proud to support its local community in the Hay Point area. Through the Corporate Communities Program, NQBP has demonstrated its commitment by supporting the following local organisations and events.
AUSMEPA Calendar Project

NQBP supported the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) 2014 Calendar Project which involved local port community schools participating in a competition to produce an inspiring drawing titled ‘Mangroves – keep them clean and alive’.

The project enabled the students to learn and share their concerns about the future of mangroves and the marine environment. The winning artworks were chosen to develop a full calendar and 12,000 copies were printed and circulated.

Alligator Creek State School

NQBP provided a donation to the Alligator Creek State School which will help students practise a new skill over the holidays.

Last term around 170 students from Prep to Year 3 attended swimming classes in Mackay thanks to NQBP’s donation. During the program held over five weeks, students developed both water awareness skills and basic stroke skills. As the skill is located in an area where swimming and boating is commonplace, these new skills aer not only practical, but fun too.

Mackay Coastal Clean Up (Dudgeon Point)

NQBP supports the Mackay Coastal Clean Up campaign by adopting the Dudgeon Point beach and removing washed up rubbish from the beach.

The Mackay Coastal Clean Up focusses on removing marine debris from community-adopted beaches covering over 40 kilometres of shoreline in the Mackay area. The event targets 10 beaches and removes of up to 5,000 kilograms of marine debris which is a great result for marine life and aquatic environment in the Mackay region.

Sarina Regional Touch Tanks Project

NQBP provided $13,000 funding to set up a touch tank area and a river to reef aquarium section as part of the Marine Wonderland: Sarina Regional Touch Tanks project. The project involves setting up an aquarium system that showcases native marine species in coastal and reef ecosystems. Students and community members will be involved in collecting and cataloguing species and students will be responsible for setting up and monitoring the artificial reef environment to establish the ideal habitat for species.

NQBP EcoPorts Grants

NQBP has provided a number of NQBP EcoPorts grants to schools and kindergartens in our port communities. The winning school and kindergarten in the Hay Point region have included Swayneville State School and Grandma’s Place.

NQBP is proud to help schools implement initiatives that support a healthy environment.

For more information on this program, visit our Communities page.


North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is committed to a sustainable and responsible environmental approach that seeks to, where possible, prevent, and always to reduce and manage its impact on the environment.


In 2013, a Coal Dusty Study for the Port of Hay Point was commissioned by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) in coordination with Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and Hay Point Coal Terminal to assess the levels of coal dust in the surrounding communities.

The study collected three different sample sizes of dust over a 15 month period from five sites across the Hay Point region.

Findings indicate coal terminals are not a significant contributor to respirable dust related health issues in the local community.

The study also showed dust concentrations in the Hay Point area compared favorably with other centres in Queensland.

Community sample sites recorded no exceedances of National Ambient Air Quality Standards – they were all well below.

The full report has been presented to NQBP’s Hay Point Community Reference Group.

The Executive Summary of the study is accessible here.

Copies of the report are available on request, please email



Utah Development Company, with the support of State of Queensland built a new port at Hay Point as provided for in the Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement Act 1968. The Port of Hay Point commenced operation on 20 October 1971 as a one-user facility owned and built solely for the use of Central Queensland Coal Associates and operated on site by Hay Point Services Pty Ltd.

Four years later in 1975, a second coal loading berth was opened and a Harbour Master and Pilot were appointed to Hay Point and an office at the port was opened. Residences for port personnel were completed the following year at Half Tide township and a launch crew was appointed and pilot vessel provided. At this time, the pilot vessels operated out of Louisa Creek.

In 1980/81, 81 vessels visited the port and 15,075,905 tonnes of coal was exported. Since this time, further expansions at the port have seen Hay Point grow to become one of the largest coal export ports in the world.