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Top 3 quiet anchorages near Bundaberg

Lady Musgrave Island Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer
Lady Musgrave Island Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer Christopher Chan

Looking for a quite haven near Bundaberg, just you, your boat, the sun and the sea? Here's our top three:

1 Town of 1770

How to get there: The town of 1770 is just over one hour drive from Bundaberg and the same distance from Gladstone. From the Bruce Hwy at Miriam Vale, follow the road signs towards Agnes Water and 1770.

Why it's great: It is a charming place with easy access to facilities and activities including popular foreshore restaurant The Tree.

For history buffs, the area has an added bonus, as it is named after the date of Captain James Cook's historic landing to re-stock supplies and repair the ship.

Fishing aficionados will enjoy the endless opportunities for fishing and crabbing.

The entrance is easy at high tide with nothing less than 3m depth with clear markings.

Tips: The local Volunteer Marine Rescue at Round Hill is knowledgeable and helpful.

Watch out for: Some of the best sunsets on the eastern coast of Australia.

2 Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island

Anchored off Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Anchored off Kingfisher Bay Resort. Contributed

How to get there: Kingfisher Bay is on the western side of Fraser Island.

Why it's great: The bay is very boat friendly with its world-class eco-resort. Skippers are welcome to use the pool, toilets, showers and bistro at the Sand Bar. 

Anchorage is possible either side of the jetty at Kingfisher Bay.

This is a magnet for bait and big fish alike, making it a haven for fishers.

It also offers protection against southerly winds.

Tips: There are several walking tracks here, the most notable one a tough 23.5km round trip to Lake McKenzie.

Watch out for: Big schools of herring and squid.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Lady Musgrave Island

How to get there: Accessible by boat from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770

Why it's great: Lady Musgrave Island is the only coral island on the Great Barrier Reef with a lagoon offering pristine, clear waters.

UNTOUCHED REEF: Lady Musgrave Cruises takes visitors on their big cats to the pristine waters surrounding Lady Musgrave Island, just off the coast from Seventeen Seventy. Photos: Contributed Tourism Queensland
UNTOUCHED REEF: Lady Musgrave Cruises takes visitors on their big cats to the pristine waters surrounding Lady Musgrave Island, just off the coast from Seventeen Seventy. Photos: Contributed Tourism Queensland Contributed Tourism Queensland

Tips: Larger yachts will have better manoeuvrability anchoring outside the lagoon.

Watch out for: Danger to coral. Always anchor with care and, where possible, in sand away from coral. Avoid overnight anchoring or mooring in the vicinity of turtle nesting beaches. Where coral anchoring is unavoidable, a reef pick should be used and retrieved by slowly motoring towards the anchor.

Topics:  boating, outdoor-living



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