Hay Point is located approximately 40 kilometres south of the city of Mackay, Queensland, Australia. It is made up of two bulk coal terminals, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal owned by Babcock and Brown Infrastructure, and Hay Point Services Coal Terminal owned and operated by a joint venture between BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi.
In 2003/4, 77 million tonnes of coal was exported through the two terminals. This makes Hay Point one of the largest coal ports in the world.
From the viewing area you will see two separate coal terminals – the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal. The terminals are operated independently, each one comprises rail unloading equipment, stockpiles with stacking and reclaiming equipment, conveyors and ship loaders on off-shore wharves.
The two wharves at Hay Point (1.5 kilometres Hay Point Services and 3.8 kilometres Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal) stretch out into the Pacific and fill massive bulk carriers with coking coal bound for every corner of the globe. Coal trains, which can be over two kilometres long, and are drawn by four electric locomotives, arrive at the Port constantly with loads of up to 8,500 tonnes.