The port of Geelong is a major asset of the Victorian community, providing a key gateway to the world for regional businesses, industries and farmers across Victoria, generating $400 million of economic activity annually.
The port of Geelong is located on Corio Bay, situated in the south western corner of Port Phillip Bay. Shipping channels, managed by the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, provide access to the port from Port Phillip Bay.
Access is provided by four key channels lit by beacons on either side, namely, Point Richards Channel, the Wilson Spit Channel, the Hopetoun Channel and the Corio Channel, providing access from the Hopetoun Channel to the wharf facilities at the west of Corio Bay. Each channel is 120 metres wide and has a depth of 12.3 metres.
The Geelong Port Waters are covered by Charts AUS157 and AUS153, available from the Hydrographic Office: www.hydro.gov.au
The commercial port contains sixteen berths located around Corio Bay, from Point Wilson in the north, to Point Henry to the south. The Shell Refinery and tanker berths are located on the northern side of the port. The remaining general-purpose berths and wharves, and associated storage and processing facilities, are located between the refinery and Point Henry Pier.
The berths and the cargo they handle are as follows:
Commercial port berths
- Lascelles Wharf (3 berths; break and dry bulk).
- Corio Quay North and South (5 berths; break, dry bulk, project work and layup).
- GrainCorp Bulk Grain Pier (1 berth; dry bulk).
- Refinery Pier (4 berths; liquid bulk).
- Point Henry Pier (1 berth; layup).
- GeelongPort Pty Ltd Grain Pier (2 berths; tug base and lay-up berth for ship repairs).
- Point Wilson Explosives Pier (2 berths; but not in operation) (owned by the Commonwealth Department of Defence and used in association with the adjoining munitions depot).
- Cunningham Pier (previously berthed cruise liners and naval vessels, and is principally a tourist facility).