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Chapter 5 • Australian port activity

In 2008–09, the busiest ports in terms of tonnes of cargo handled and their primary export

commodities were, in decreasing order: Port Hedland (iron ore); Dampier (iron ore);

Newcastle (coal); Hay Point (coal); Gladstone (coal); Port Walcott (iron ore); Brisbane (coal,

coke and briquettes); Melbourne (miscellaneous manufactures); Port Kembla (coal); Sydney

(miscellaneous manufactures); and Weipa (alumina). Compared to 2007–08, Port Hedland

rose one spot to become Australia’s busiest port by weight of cargo handled. Weipa rose from

the twelfth busiest port in 2007–08 to become the eleventh busiest port in 2008–09, while

Fremantle fell three spots to become Australia’s twelfth busiest port.

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