Australia, with its huge landmass and
friendly people is very inviting for a long visit; most cruising destinations
are along the East and Southeast coasts.
Cruisers coming to Australia
generally approach from the North and East, either from New Zealand or the
Pacific islands of Melanesia. From New Zealand, Sydney is a logical
landfall, but we have no current information about Sydney. From New Caledonia,
Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu the logical choices are the many ports of
entry along the northeast coast. The options include:
- Brisbane Area - the port of entry
is at Scarborough and marinas exist within the
city center, Manly to the south and Mooloolaba
to the north.
- Bundaberg - port of entry with a couple of marinas and pile
moorings on the river near town center - no info at moment.
- Gladstone - port of entry and marinas - no info at moment
- Mackay - 15'-18' tides, no info at moment
- Bowen - no info at moment
- Townsville - port of entry and several marinas - no info at
- Cairns - port of entry and several marinas - no info at moment
- Port Douglas - port of entry and several marinas - no info at
- Thursday Island - port of entry and control harbor for the Torres
Straits; several anchorages
- Weipa - no info at moment
- Gove - no info at moment
- Darwin - port of
entry with 20-24' tides, several marinas behind locks and a couple of
...take a look at the map: provided is destination
information for Brisbane, Scarborough,
Mooloolaba, Cairns, Darwin
as well as coastal anchorages from the
Great Barrier Reef to the Top End, ports of entry are shown in blue
and others are in red!
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Check-In Procedures - The
following procedures applied when we checked into Brisbane in Nov. 1998.
- Notify Australia Customs of your impending arrival into Australia on
Ch. 16 as soon as communication is possible You will need to
provide the following information:
- The name of the boat
- Your intended port of call
- Your last port of call
- Number of people on board
- Details of any illness or disease
- Details of any animals on board
- Estimated time of arrival
- Once close to the harbor, call again. They will
direct you to the Customs dock You MUST stay on board.
- The Immigration, Customs and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF)
officials will visit your boat, usually in this order. Until
check in is complete, no person should leave the boat.
- The MAF official, although very nice, will probably confiscate all
your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and some canned and dairy
goods. He will also remove your trash. You can usually get
a complete list of prohibited items from any Australian High Commission
prior to entry.
- Once this is complete, you are free to move the yacht into a slip,
if you have one reserved or if one is available; otherwise you can
then move to another location in the area.
- If you move to another location later, you must
notify customs of you intended destination. This can be done
at the time of check in or by phone later on.
Cruising the Australian Coast Procedures -
- Before leaving the current area for other parts of Australia, you must
notify Customs and obtain a cruising permit (free) to cruise the
coast either north or south.
- When stopping at
any other port of entry (eg. Gladstone, Townsville, etc.), you must again notify Customs of your
arrival in their port. This
can be done by phone or VHF radio after you arrive. There
should be no visit or paperwork, they just want to know that you are
there. No need to call them when leaving the port.
Check Out Procedures -
- In order to expedite your departure, it is best to visit Customs a day
prior to your leaving Australia in order to schedule your checkout time and
to obtain a certificate for duty-free fuel. (If leaving from Darwin,
the Customs office provides both immigration and customs clearance and is
located on Lindsey St. in the city. When you visit, bring passports of
all crew as they will want to make copies.)
- On the day of departure, immigration and customs will visit the boat and
stamp passports and issue your departure papers.
- If you have any duty-free items to be delivered, they must be delivered or
be on board the boat for the customs officer to see.
- Refund of GST - Unfortunately, the Australian government does not issue
GST refunds to yacht masters or crew as the rules now only cater for those tourists who
leave by plane or cruise ship. They are looking into how to changes