Booking at a Cruise Ship Anchorage

Please note: The Whitsundays Plan of Management has been amended. Some of the information below may have changed. Please refer to the Whitsundays Plan of Management for further information.

To make a booking for a cruise ship anchorage, please contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority during office hours on email: cruise.bookings@gbrmpa.gov.au

You should provide the following details in the booking email:

  • Ship name
  • Anchorage name
  • Date and time of arrival
  • Date and time of departure
  • Permit number (if known)
  • Shipping agent name and contact details

How can I tell if my anchorage is available?

You can call the GBRMPA on (07) 4750 0775 to check anchorage availability. The GBRMPA is creating an online cruise ship anchorage database to make booking an anchorage easier. Check the GBRMPA website for updates.

When can I book?

Once you have been issued with a cruise ship permit, you may book your required anchorages well in advance, with bookings taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have not received your permit but would like to reserve an anchorage, please contact the GBRMPA and your request will be noted on our database and confirmed once your permit has been issued. It is best to allow at least three months for cruise ship permit applications to be processed.

You are encouraged to book as soon as your itinerary has been finalised so that you are sure of access to your preferred anchorage.

Can I change or cancel my booking?

Please advise the GBRMPA of any cancellations or amendments as soon as possible. In the event of bad weather or operational difficulties occurring out of business hours (for example, when a ship is delayed over a weekend), anchorage bookings can be amended by contacting the GBRMPA's Industry Engagement Officer on 0427 148 329.

How many cruise ships can book?

Only one cruise ship is allowed to use a cruise ship anchorage at any one time, except for the Turtle Bay Cruise Ship anchorage in the Whitsundays.

How do I make a general booking for a Planning Area?

Booking arrangements for general access to planning areas in the Marine Park are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Check your permit to see if you need to make a general booking for these areas.

Click here for information on booking arrangements for general access to the Cairns, Hinchinbrook and Whitsunday Planning Areas.

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