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 Cyclone shelters

The Department of Housing and Public Works maintains a register of multi-purpose cyclone shelters that provide critical emergency shelter to communities in Central and North Queensland at risk of storm surge during a cyclone event.

These shelters help make Queensland safer and more resilient in the event of a cyclone.

The shelters are not only used in emergencies, they also operate as multi-purpose sports facilities and are available for year-round use by the community.

Shelter locations

No.​  ​Location ​Address
1 Townsville, Heatley Secondary College​ Fulham Road, Heatley​
2​ Port Douglas State School Endeavour Street, Port Douglas
3​ ​Proserpine State School Ruge Street, Proserpine
4​ Tully State School Mars Street, Tully​
5​ Ingham State High School Menzies Street, Ingham
6​ Mackay, Northern Beaches State High School Rosewood Drive, Rural View
7​ Bowen State School​ Richmond Road, Bowen​
8​ ​Weipa Hibberd Drive, Rocky Point​
9 Cairns, Edmonton Leisure Centre​ ​Walker Road, Cairns
10​ ​Yeppoon State High School Rawlings Street, Yeppoon
​11 Cairns, Redlynch State College Jungara Road, Redlynch
​12 Innisfail State College 45 Flying Fish Point Road, Innisfail

Map of cyclone shelter locations (PDF, 677KB)

Design of Cyclone Shelters

In 2011 the Queensland Government, with a generous donation from the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, constructed 10 public cyclone shelters. In deciding where the 10 public cyclone shelters would be built, these selection criteria (PDF, 587KB) were used.
The Guideline for Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Cyclones— Evacuation and Shelter (PDF, 4.2MB) was used to identify the right site for the shelters.
To be identified as a cyclone shelter in Queensland, buildings must adhere to the Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters 2006 (the Design Guidelines) (PDF, 181KB).
Please note: The Queensland Government is currently proposing to mandate standards for designing, building and maintaining cyclone shelters. A discussion paper and draft Queensland Development Code part 3.8 is available on the department’s Queensland Development Code draft and pending page.


The shelters are:
  • capable of providing protection from winds up to 306km/h experienced in a Category 5 cyclone
  • located outside storm tide inundation areas and not vulnerable to landslip and creek or river flooding
  • located so that the floor level of the shelter building will be above the height of a 1-in-10,000-year storm tide event or a 1-in-500-year defined flood event  
  • located sufficiently away from significant hazards such as hazardous materials, large trees, power or communications towers and potential sources of large windborne debris
  • located in communities where large numbers of people are at risk of storm tide inundation, or
  • located in a centre away from the coastline to which a coastal community at risk of storm tide inundation can safely evacuate prior to the impact of the cyclone.

More information

Please contact your local council for more information about your nearest cyclone shelter.​

Last updated 10 March 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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