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 or the Port of Hay Point Fact Sheet.







The Port of Hay Point has continued to expand over the past 20 years. This growth is expected to continue to meet industry demand in the future and remain a fundamentally important part of the social and economic fabric of not only the Mackay region but Queensland more broadly.

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

Coal export facilities may be required at Dudgeon Point in the future. NQBP intends to complete a port master planning exercise over the coming year to comply with the proposed Queensland Ports Strategy. With appropriate environmental and social planning and approval conditions, any future expansion of Port of Hay Point can make a sustainable contribution to the economic growth and social well-being of Queensland.


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.


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.