The wharf is situated on the southern point of the Cape Flattery headland and runs out to sea for some 500 metres in a SSE direction, 250 metres of trestle approach and 250 metres of operation deck. The wharf is laid at 12.5 degrees into the prevailing SE wind. The normal set of the drift is below half a knot towards the NE. Hence the prevailing wind will push a vessel positioned parallel with the structure against the wharf while the drift tries to hold it off.
The operation deck is 220 metres long and has a minimum depth of 24 metres of water. The minimum air draft of the traversing ship is 14 metres. There are 5 breasting dolphins and 3 mooring dolphins. There are a total of 17 quick release hooks. Port pilots are used for all berthing and deberthing. The anchorage and pilot boarding station is in the bay at the North of Cape Flattery headland.
Berthing is carried out with the use of 2 work boats only. There are no facilities at the wharf - it is a remote operation. This means no fuel, fresh water or rubbish removal. As the port is within the Great Barrier Reef there should be no discharge of sewerage or rubbish while at berth. There is only a limited use of telephone available.
Seamen are not allowed to leave the vessel while it is holding at berth.