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Port Botany

Australia’s Premier Port

As the largest container port in New South Wales and Australia's largest common user bulk liquids facility, Port Botany operates 24/7 to import goods to support the people and businesses of New South Wales and to export goods to international customers.

Port Botany is an essential service and is vital to the economic well-being of the nation.

Handles 2.8 million TEU every year
Contributes $10.7 billion to GSP every year
Supports 52,000 jobs
Nearly half - 42% of all goods in a Sydney household are imported in containers via Port Botany



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Container Terminals

Container Terminals

The primary trade through Port Botany is containers. The Port currently handles 99.6% of New South Wales' container volume (2.8 million TEU each year) and has capacity to handle over 7 million TEU.

Port Botany features: 

  • 3 container terminals, operated by independent stevedores
    • DP World Australia (Brotherson Dock)
    • Patrick Terminals (Brotherson Dock)
    • Hutchison Ports (Hayes Dock)
  • 12 container vessel berths
  • 3,793 metres of container quay line
Bulk Liquids and Gas Facilities

Bulk Liquids and Gas Facilities

Port Botany is the primary bulk liquid and gas port in New South Wales and Australia's largest dedicated common-user bulk facility. The port's bulk liquid precinct handles over 5.5 million kilolitres of bulk liquids and gas each year.

Port Botany features: 

  • 2 bulk liquid berths - Bulk Liquid Berth 1 and Bulk Liquid Berth 2 which are the common user berths handling refined fuel, gas, chemicals and bitumen
  • Direct pipeline access to nearby storage facilities and nearby industrial precincts
  • The Elgas cavern - located 130 metres below the surface and capable of holding 65,000 tonnes of LPG - enough to heat 350,000 homes for a year


Port Botany is the only port in Australia with on-dock rail at all three of its container terminals and is directly connected via dedicated freight rail to a network of metropolitan intermodal terminals, including the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, Moorebank Intermodal Terminal and Cooks River Intermodal Terminal, which service Greater Sydney's needs. Beyond this, Port Botany is also connected by rail to regional intermodal terminals.

Moving containers by rail is a key part of our strategy to sustainably support New South Wales' growing container trade. 

To find out more about how we are investing in rail to meet projected trade and population growth, view our Key Initiatives - Growth in Rail.


Sustainability is integral not only to our business, but to the long-term success of the supply chain industries.

We recognise that along with delivering value for our shareholders, we need to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate, protect the environment and act in an ethical and transparent manner.


NSW Ports is committed to working in partnership with the communities living in and around Port Botany: 

  • Over one third of the 25,000 strong workforce at Port Botany live locally within the Bayside and Randwick City Council areas
  • We support a range of community initiatives in the local area including the delivery of local school programs, sponsorship of surf-life saving initiatives, and delivery of community & public access areas including Molineux Point Lookout
  • We engage with the wider Port Botany community through our Port Botany Community Consultative Committee and provide regular updates through our community news and notifications

Learn more about our approach to community engagement
Sign up for Port Botany community news and notifications


We are committed to supporting and maintaining the natural environment values of Port Botany and to actively conserve ecological and cultural heritage values for the benefit of current and future generations.

This includes: 

  • Conservation and maintenance of the surrounding wetlands and habitat at Sir Joseph Banks Park
  • Active maintenance of locally significant heritage items including the Port Botany Revetment Wall, the Bunnerong Power Station Canal and the Bunnerong Canal Rail Bridge. 

Read more about environmental management, biodiversity and biosecurity
Learn more about how we maintain Heritage items across our sites
Learn more about how we are monitoring noise at Port Botany

The Port Authority of NSW is responsible for the management of Penrhyn Estuary and Foreshore Beach, which are adjacent to Port Botany. These areas are home to a wide variety of native species including marine, migratory and shorebirds, mangroves and coastal saltmarsh and seagrasses.

Penrhyn Estuary rehabilitation Seagrass Monitoring at Foreshore Beach

Project Compliance

NSW Ports is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Conditions of Approval for a number of Major Projects at Port Botany, including:

  • Port Botany Expansion
  • Port Botany Bulk Liquids Berth No.2

These conditions set out requirements for the environmental management of the construction and operation of the facility and for ongoing community engagement. We maintain an activity dialogue with regulators and local residents to ensure management practices are in line with legal requirements and community expectations.

Port Botany Expansion

Port Botany Bulk Liquids Berths 1 & 2 (BLB1 & BLB2)