Declared in 2008, the 16,885-hectare Abbot Point State Development Area (SDA) is located approximately 20 kilometres north-west of Bowen, in North Queensland.

The Abbot Point SDA offers the ideal location for industrial and port-related development that requires a large footprint, proximity to a port and separation from sensitive receptors.

Abbot Point SDA

Opportunity awaits

The Abbot Point SDA was established to facilitate large-scale industrial and port-related development of regional, state and national significance.

Adjacent to the Abbot Point SDA is the Port of Abbot Point; one of Queensland's priority ports. The Port of Abbot Point currently has a coal export capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum. It comprises rail in-loading facilities, coal handling and stockpiling areas and a single trestle jetty and conveyor connecting to two offshore berths and two ship-loaders which are located 2.8 kilometres offshore.

Industries considered suitable for the Abbot Point SDA include:

Benefits of the Abbot Point SDA

The Abbot Point SDA provides many benefits to business and industry seeking to invest in Queensland including:

Managed by the Coordinator-General, the Abbot Point SDA supports enterprise and job creation in a way that considers environmental, cultural, and social issues as well as existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.

The Abbot Point SDA Development Scheme

The Abbot Point State Development Area Development Scheme (PDF icon 3.1 MB) is a regulatory document that controls planning and development within the Abbot Point SDA. It was first approved by the Governor in Council in June 2008.

The development scheme contains a development assessment framework for making, assessing and deciding applications and requests relating to development within the Abbot Point SDA, predominately land use, operational work and reconfiguring a lot.

The development scheme is supported by a public consultation policy (PDF icon 65 KB) that provides information on matters the Coordinator-General may consider when determining whether public consultation of an SDA application is required.

The Abbot Point SDA maps and targeted land-use precincts


Land ownership

Further information

For further information on the Abbot Point SDA contact the SDA Division on 1800 001 048 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.