Finding the right local berth in the Bundaberg region

OLD SALT: Shady Lady rests undisturbed at Bundaberg Port Marina ahead of the gruelling race from Darwin to Ambon blue water race that lays in wait. Photo: Max Fleet/NewsMail
OLD SALT: Shady Lady rests undisturbed at Bundaberg Port Marina ahead of the gruelling race from Darwin to Ambon blue water race that lays in wait. Photo: Max Fleet/NewsMail Max Fleet

THE two marinas in the local area, the Bundaberg Port Marina at Burnett Heads and Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan, both have excellent facilities and are well maintained.

Bundaberg Port Marina

THE Bundaberg Port Marina offers visitors to the region a first class facility to access the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, and the beautiful Bundaberg area. 

Located near the mouth of the Burnett River, the complex has a relaxed feel with manicured grass areas and well maintained gardens for patrons to soak up and enjoy. 

There are 180 floating berths catering to vessels up to 45m with power, water and security lighting available at each one. Three-phase power is available at selected berths.

Facilities include a laundromat with coin-operated washers and driers. Nearby are restaurants, a marine brokerage and a ships chandlery but for other basic needs there is a courtesy bus into the city. 

For those who wish to explore the region further, Turtle Coast Car Hire is handy.

Berth rates are calculated based on size and length of stay.

For an average 12m monohull vessel the berth rate is $46 a day or $230 a week.

Any port in a storm

THERE are small anchorages in the Burrum and Kolan Rivers, so if you are stuck in bad weather you can sneak into them when it is wild on the water.

But be extra cautious as they have no navigation aids, so care should be taken on approach.

These rivers are shallow with shifting sand banks, so keep an eye out navigating your way upstream.

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