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
Heatley Secondary College
||Port Douglas State School
||Endeavour Street, Port Douglas
||Proserpine State School
||Tully State School
State High School
Northern Beaches State High School
Drive, Rural View
||Bowen State School
||Richmond Road, Bowen
||Hibberd Drive, Rocky Point
Edmonton Leisure Centre
||Walker Road, Cairns
||Yeppoon State High School
Redlynch State College
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.
Please note: The Design Guidelines are currently under review. For more information on the Design Guidelines and the review process, please contact the Disaster Coordination Unit on (07) 3008 2713.
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.
Please contact your local council for more information about your nearest cyclone shelter.