Opportunity: Australia TradeCoast

Australia TradeCoast is Brisbane’s global export hub, with world-class infrastructure and mature governance arrangements. It is one of eight global precincts identified for their scalable industrial activity, world-class business environments and global reach. 

With a global trading economy, Australia TradeCoast has specialised sectors including aviation and aerospace, food and innovative manufacturing, shipping and marine, and transport and logistics.

Council is encouraging sustainable partnerships with stakeholders and investors to facilitate future growth of Australia TradeCoast as one of Brisbane’s global precincts. 

Connected and accessible

  • Only six kilometres from Brisbane Central Business District (CBD)
  • Brisbane Airport, Australia’s largest capital city airport, provides domestic and international connections
  • Port of Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing container port
  • Brisbane Multimodal Terminal provides the interface between rail, road and container terminals at the Port of Brisbane
  • Gateway Motorway, Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges and AirportlinkM7 provide connections to arterial and suburban roads
  • Airtrain services Brisbane Airport
  • Cleveland railway line has stations at Hemmant, Lindum and Murarrie
  • Ferry terminals at Bretts Wharf and Northshore Hamilton

Local trends

  • Brisbane’s second largest business precinct and employment zone (after the CBD)
  • Global export hub
  • World-class infrastructure
  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Shipping and marine
  • Transport and logistics
  • Food manufacturing
  • Advanced technology manufacturing


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  1. Brisbane Airport – including domestic and international terminals, Aerotech Park, Banksia Place, Export Park, Da Vinci Business Park and Airport Industrial Park
  2. Airport town centre – including Skygate and Direct Factory Outlet
  3. Eagle Farm – high-density employment area with diverse industrial base including TradeCoast Central
  4. Myrtletown – approximately 100 hectares for future industrial development including heavy industry
  5. Port North – land including Bulwer Island and Pinkenba suitable for general and heavy industries and core port infrastructure
  6. Northshore Hamilton Urban Development Area – including Bretts Wharf, Portside Wharf, Brisbane Cruise Terminal, Royal Queensland Golf Club and Eat Street Markets
  7. Morningside commercial and industrial – including Colmslie Business Park and the former Mobil distribution site
  8. Murarrie commercial and industrial – including Metroplex on Gateway,  Murrarie Business Park, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard and Gibson Island
  9. Hemmant/Lytton commercial and industrial – including Axis Industrial Park Estate, Portlink Industrial Park, Brisbane Marine Industry Park, Lytton Industrial Estate and Port West Logistics Estate
  10. Port of Brisbane – including Port Gate Estate, Brisbane Multimodal Terminal and Port Central commercial and retail precinct 

Driving opportunity

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Population growth

Generating additional demand for goods and services


  • Expected to grow at 1.7% per year
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Development activity

Bringing more people to live and work in the area


  • $396 million of non-residential developments approved in 2017
  • Ninety-five dwelling approvals in 2019
  • Proposed BNE Auto Mall, a 51.3-hectare multi-purpose auto retailing hub
  • Skygate Home & Life Centre large format retail centre alongside existing DFO
  • Alcyone Hotel Residences opened at Portside Wharf providing 105 apartments 
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Infrastructure projects

New roads, transit, schools, hospitals and other major infrastructure projects create opportunities for business



Growing business and the workforce


  • More than $15 billion of exports through Australia Trade Coast in 2016-17
  • Recent exports growth of more than 2% per year
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Creating demand and increasing employment


  • More than five million international passengers in 2016-17, recent growth of almost 5% per year
  • More than 17 million domestic visitors in 2016-17, recent growth of almost 1% per year

Strong employment

Increasing consumer spending and stimulating economic growth


  • 1410 employing businesses
  • Accounts for 8% of Brisbane total employment
  • Employment growing more than 1.28% per year

Who has taken the opportunity?

  • Estee Lauder’s Cosmetics Company Store opened its first Queensland store at the Direct Factory Outlet at Skygate Brisbane Airport (2018)
  • Scottish craft beer pioneer BrewDog planning to build a brewing facility at Murarrie (2018)
  • GraysOnline expanded operations to a 40,000m2 purpose-built facility at Main Beach Road, Pinkenba for its online car auction business (2017)
  • Appliance company Miele set up their 7000m2 Queensland headquarters at the Brisbane Airport precinct (2017)
  • Direct Paper expanded its Brisbane operations with a 4400m2 warehouse in Pinkenba (2017)

Planning frameworks

More information

Other global precinct investment areas

View other great investment areas in global precincts including Australia TradeCoastBoggo Road-PA Hospital-University of QueenslandCity ReachCity WestKelvin Grove-HerstonSouth Brisbane-KulrilpaUpper Mt Gravatt-Eight Mile Plains and Valley Gateway.

Last updated: 6 October 2020

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