Port of Entry
Welcome to the most popular Port of Entry into Australia
The Bundaberg Port Marina is the most popular Port of Entry into Australia. International visitors from all corners of the globe use the marina as a “gateway” access the Southern Great Barrier Reef and a centralised base for their inland adventures. Here are “ten excellent reasons” why to head to the Bundaberg Port Marina for your arrival:
- The closest Australian Port of Entry to New Caledonia and Vanuatu (New Caledonia- 783nm, Vanuatu- 1000nm)
- The safest weather route, remaining in the sub-tropical East to South East and avoiding in the North Tasman Sea.
- The safest most accessible Port entrance in Queensland and NSW with an easy, all-weather, deepwater access into the mouth of the Burnett River.
- Professional and friendly Customs and Quarantine Officers that specialise in small craft arrival.
- The clearance berths are at the Bundaberg Port Marina which is located only one nautical mile from the entrance to the river.
- Gateway marina to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Fraser Island.
- Largest dry storage facility on the East Coast with a busy modern hardstand, professional staff and competitive rates.
- Relaxed marina with quality berths, clean amenities, WIFI and a courtesy bus into the city of Bundaberg.
- Walking distance to Burnett Heads shopping village, Hotel/Motel, Sports Club and beautiful Oaks Beach.
- Great base for travelling by road to discover the inland beauty that Australia has to offer.
The Bundaberg Port Marina does require your vessel to be covered by insurance, while in the marina. Insurance cover can be organised through the marine brokerage at the marina or can be emailed via firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are transport options from Bundaberg: Plane, train, bus or hire car. Bundaberg has a domestic airport with flights departing daily for Brisbane. Transfers are available to the airport from the marina and vice versa. A high speed tilt train departs daily from the centre of town, the marina courtesy bus connects you with this service and drops you of at the doorsteps to the station.
Buses depart from the coach terminal and depending on the departure times, the courtesy bus is available to drop you at the terminal. Hire cars are another alternative, the marina has a number of cars available from the marina office for local travel and can assist with organising one way drop offs to Brisbane if required.
Car Rental starts from as low as $45/day and is a great way to get out and explore the area.
Bundaberg has a great reputation for having pleasant, professional Customs and Quarantine officers. To clear into Australia you will need to notify Australian Border Force at least 96 hours before arriving into Port. Australian Border Force email: email@example.com
The GPS waypoint for the middle of the outer entrance to the Burnett River is: South 24.45.622 East 152.23.042.
When you are approximately 10 nautical miles out from the Port of Bundaberg, you should call VMR 488 (Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg) on VHF Channel 81. They have been instructed by Customs and Quarantine to request the following information:
- Vessel Name
- Full names of master of vessel and crew onboard
- Nationality of master of vessel and any crew onboard
- Your last port of call
- If there is any sickness or injury onboard the vessel
- If you have any pets or animals onboard
From here, you will be instructed to contact the Bundaberg Port Marina for berthing details on the Quarantine dock. It would also be a good idea if you have any food that you were planning to enjoy later, to eat it now! As you will probably find that Quarantine will remove the majority of your eatable supplies from your vessel on arrival.
There have been rumours about Quarantine expecting every vessel to be lifted out of the water and pressure cleaned, as part of their “new” Bio-Fouling Policy. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. If you have a clean hull as 95% of the visiting yachts do have when they arrive in Australia, then you don’t have a problem! (The majority of yachts, have their hull cleaned before departing for Australia to minimise the drag through the water).
If you have significant growth on your hull when you arrive, Quarantine will inspect the hull with an underwater camera and then decide if the growth on the hull is a threat to the marine environment of Australia. They will then advise you if you need to haul out and have the growth removed.
Finally, once you have entered the “runway” or shipping leads, proceed up the deepwater channel (10 meters LOA) and turn to port past Channel Marker 16. You have arrived at the “Land of OZ” and soon you will be assisted by myself or one of my staff at the marina, who will help with tying up at the Quarantine berth and greet you with a friendly “Welcome to OZ!”
SUMMER BERTHING SPECIAL – PAY FOR 3 X 4WEEKS AND RECEIVE 4 WEEKS FREE!*
Join us for the summer, this fantastic offer is available from the 1st Dec – 31st Dec. Pay upfront for 3 x 4 weeks in the wet berths and you receive 4 weeks free. This takes you through to April when most international boats are ready to start heading North. Why battle South for the summer and be faced with treacherous bar crossings only to have to do it all again in a few months time. Enjoy the anchorages to the North ahead of coastal cruisers migrating from the arrival of Autumn.
- Subject to availability
- Insurance required for vessels when berthed in the marina
- No refunds, once payment has been made.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org