Bundaberg Port Marina, Southern Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef
The most popular port of entry into Australia, Bundaberg Port Marina welcomes visitors from across the globe. They utilize the marina as a “gateway” access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef as well as a centralised base for their inland adventures.
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Port of Entry
The most popular port of entry into Australia, Bundaberg Port Marina welcomes visitors from across the globe. They utilize the marina as a "gateway" access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef as well as a centralised base for their inland adventures. Here are 10 convicing reasons why you should head to our complex upon your arrival.
Bundaberg Port Marina requires your vessel to be covered by insurance while in the premises.
Some insurance companies may request tie down information for your vessel
You can take a plane, train, bus, or rental car from Bundaberg. We have a domestic airport with daily flights to Brisbane. Transfers are also available from the marina to the airport and vice versa. In addition, a high-speed tilt train departs daily from the centre of the town, and our courtesy bus can drop you off at the doorstep of the station.
Buses depart from the coach terminal, and our courtesy bus can drop you off there (depending on the departure time). You also have the option of renting a car by by contacting any of the following:
Bundaberg has a great reputation for having pleasant, professional customs and quarantine officers. To get clearance to enter Australia, you will need to notify the Australian Border Force at least 96 hours prior to your arrival at the port. You may contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
GPS waypoint for the middle, outer entrance to the Burnett River:
When you are approximately 10 nautical miles out from the port, you should call VMR 488 (Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg) on VHF Channel 81. They have been instructed by customs and quarantine officers to request the following information:
From here, you will be instructed to contact the Bundaberg Port Marina for berthing details on the quarantine dock. We recommend that you eat any food you have because the quarantine officers will remove the majority of your edible supplies upon arrival.
If you have significant growth on your hull when you arrive, quarantine officers will inspect it with an underwater camera and then decide if the growth is a threat to the marine environment of Australia. They will then advise you if it’s necessary to haul out and have the growth removed.
Finally, once you have entered the “runway” or shipping leads, proceed up the deep water channel (10 meters LOA) and turn to port past channel marker 16. You have arrived at the “Land of OZ,” and you will soon be assisted by our owners or staff who will help with tying up at the quarantine berth and greet you with a friendly, “Welcome to OZ!”
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Australian Border Force: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
Photography Courtesy of Bundaberg Port Marina & Tourism and Events Queensland