Offering first class marine facilities on Queensland’s Coral Coast, Bundaberg Port Marina opened in 1998 near the mouth of the Burnett River. At the northern part of Hervey Bay, with Fraser Island out to the east providing an enormous protected bay, Hervey Bay itself is a whale-watchers paradise. Humpback whales use the warm sheltered waters as a sort of pre-school whaling ground with pods of mature whales taking the youngsters through their early learning. Bundaberg Port Marina is right in the action. It’s also a popular first port of call for international vessels arriving from overseas as the marina is an official Port of Entry.
Bundaberg Port Marina offers 160 top quality floating berths. Each berth has power, water and security lighting with telephone and wireless broadband available at most berths too. Convenient refueling, modern amenities, coin operated Laundromat, public phones, hire cars, general store with ATM, LPG refills and ice are some of the facilities and services available to marina guests.
Bundaberg Port Marina is fast becoming one of Queensland’s most recognised ship repair facilities. The Hardstand and ship-lift services are considered first class, with a 70 tonne ship-lift, concreted hardstand area, high pressure cleaning service, fully enclosed paint shed and enclosed work bays for sandblasting activities. The yard provides quality cradles and stands, professional staff and one of the largest dry storage yards on the east coast.
The hardstand recently extended another area for dry storage that offers basic storage with no access to power or water but a reduced price for long term storage. The trade complex is accessible from the working yard and has many associated tradesmen available for on-site repairs.
The marina office is open 7 days, and provides a courtesy bus service for transport into Bundaberg city. The complex also houses a fully licensed restaurant, ships chandlery, seafood shop and marine brokerage.
Being an official Port of Entry clearance facility for inbound and outbound visitors, the Bundaberg Port Marina, for the last four years, has consecutively cleared more international vessels than any other Port of Entry in Australia. The easy, deep-water, all-weather entrance that the Port of Bundaberg offers to visitors, day or night, is one of the many factors that has contributed to this increasing influx of yachts each year to the Coral Coast.
In 2011 Bundaberg Port Marina was a finalist in the Marina Industries Association annual Marina of the Year Awards in the 140 boats and over category.
Port of Entry
Port of Entry
Bundaberg is the fairest-weather route to Australia from the South Pacific Islands through the Coral Sea, across deep, wide open Hervey Bay, directly into the “runway” of lead lights that guide vessels into the all weather access of the Port of Bundaberg, offering day or night passage.
Why get spanked in the Northern Tasman Sea when you could be flying your spinnaker in balmy sub-tropical conditions?
Bundaberg Port Marina sits just inside the mouth of the Burnett River. It’s a modern marina complex and boat yard where Management take pride in presenting the facilities in great condition. Popular with cruising ycahties worldwide, the Bundaberg Port Marina has gained a flood of support from international visitors who have found the marina gives ‘everything a cruising yacht would need’.
The marina is also the official “Port of Entry” for Bundaberg and has allocated the Quarantine clearance berth as Red 15/16, which is now located on the fourth set of berthing arms as you approach the marina, on the up-stream side of the end tee.
Bundaberg has a great reputation for having pleasant, professional Customs and Quarantine officers. To clear into Australia you will need to notify Australian Customs at least 96 hours before arriving into Port. Email Customs: firstname.lastname@example.org
When vessels are approximately 10 nautical miles out from the Port of Bundaberg, they 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:
Bundaberg Port Marina(1) Vessel Name
(2) Full names of master of vessel and crew onboard
(3) Nationality of master of vessel and any crew onboard
(4) Your last port of call
(5) If there is any sickness or injury onboard the vessel
(6) If you have any pets or animals onboard
Vessels will then be instructed to contact the Bundaberg Port Marina for berthing details on the Quarantine dock. Because of strict Australian Quarantine laws, fresh food should be consumed before arrival as Quarantine will remove the majority of edible eatable supplies from your vessel on arrival. Check with Quarantine for current regulations on what is and isn’t allowed to be brought into Australia.
There have been rumours about Quarantine expecting every vessel to be lifted out of the water and pressure cleaned, as part of their Bio-Fouling Policy. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. Vessels with a clean hull shouldn’t have a problem.
If vessels have significant growth on the hull upon arrival, Quarantine will inspect the hull with an underwater camera and then decide if growth on the hull is a threat to the marine environment of Australia. They will then advise vessel owners if haulout is required to have growth removed.
Once vessels have entered the “runway” or shipping leads, proceed up the deepwater channel and turn to port past Channel Marker 16. Bundaberg Port Marina staff will assist with docking at the Quarantine berth.
The Bundaberg Port Marina requires that vessels are covered by insurance while in the marina. Insurance cover can be organised through the marine brokerage at the marina.
|Dry Berths||70||LPG||Yes||Boat Broker||Yes|
|Water at Berths||Yes||Wifi||Yes||Bar||No|
|Power at Berths||Yes||Shower||Yes||Restaurant||Yes|
|3 Phase Power||Yes||Laundry||Yes||Monitor VHF||Ch 81|
|Max Berth Length||57m||Boat Ramp||TBA||Office Hours||8-5 7 days|
|Entrance Depth||4m||Haulout/Slipway||Yes||Industry Member||MIA|
|Bus / Train / Ferry||Bundaberg Port Marina provides a daily courtesy bus service into Bundaberg City (Mon-Sat) and to the Shalom Market (Sun). Seats subject to availability and passengers must advise the marina their intended use of the service.
Long distance buses depart from the coach terminal in Bundaberg Cityand depending on the departure times, the courtesy bus may be available to drop marina guests at the terminal.
Queensland Rail operates rail services from Bundaberg Station with connections between Brisbane and Cairns.
|Provisions||Bundaberg City has all the retail outlets of a major shopping centre – catch the free marina shuttle bus to the CBD!|
|Car Hire||Hire cars are available from Bundaberg Port Marina. Rates: $40 per day incl 200 km per day|
|Airport||Bundaberg Airport is serviced by regular scheduled flights to Brisbane and beyond.|
|Accommodation||Lighthouse Hotel/Motel and Oaks Beach Caravan Park are both close by at Burnett Heads|
Reasons to linger
|Explore||The gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands along with Fitzroy Reef are north east of Bundaberg. Closer inshore, Fraser Island forms the eastern perimeter of Hervey Bay with the inshore waterway the Great Sandy Straits at the southern end of Hervey Bay – a fascinating inshore route for shallow draft vessels.
Onshore, waterfalls, rainforest, bushland and beaches are within a two hour drive, and some as close as a five minute drive from the marina. There are over 12 National Parks within the region. The bird life between the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg is the most abundant in Australia. Cania Gorge National Park is well worth checking out.
|Dining Out||Baltimore The Port Marina Café is a delightful place to enjoy relaxed casual dining over a bottle of fine wine, with great food and uninterrupted views of the majestic Burnett River. Open Wed – Fri (11am to late), Sat – Sun (9am to late)|
|Enjoy||Smack in the centre of a large agricultural region, the sailors refreshment, rum, is produced from sugarcane grown in the area. A visit to Bundaberg is really not complete without a tour of the Bundy Rum Factory.|
|Join the Locals||Catch the free courtesy bus to Shalom Markets on a Sunday for arts, crafts and food and a chance to have a yarn with locals in a friendly environment.|
|Visitor Information||Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism|
|October/November||Port 2 Port Ocean Passage Festival|
|October – November||Turtle nesting season at Mon Repos Beach|
|July – November||Whale watching|
Check the Bundaberg Port Marina website for dates of this years events