Project value

$56 million (estimated)



Procurement stage

Stage 2: Detailed Proposal stage of the Market-Led Proposal program


Privately funded


Privately financed

Delivery period


Artist impression of the SeaLink Strand Terminal

About the proposal

SeaLink plans to work with partners to develop a renewed Breakwater Terminal marine precinct, a new ferry terminal and integrated transport and tourism hub on the southern end of the current Breakwater Terminal on Port of Townsville land within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA). SeaLink will also manufacture two new ferries in Queensland.

This $56 million development has the potential to transform an ageing site into a thriving tourism precinct and the new ferries will boost connections between Townsville and Magnetic and Palm Islands, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

If approved, the project could commence construction in 2019-20 and is proposed to support an average of 83 jobs during its 18-month construction period.

MLP strengths

Alignment with government policy, priority and community need

Justification for direct negotiation

  • SeaLink’s existing contractual arrangements and its capabilities and experience mean it is best placed to develop the terminal and deliver it quickly, allowing benefits to flow to the local economy sooner.

Value for money

  • Townsville waterfront land, owned by the Port of Townsville, would be better utilised and Townsville and surrounds would benefit from new tourism infrastructure.

Get in touch

Contact the MLP team on: +61 (7) 3035 3133