September 19, 2015
|It's a very friendly atmosphere at Port of Bundaberg. Rob with Chris & Sally from Sea Whiskers tucking into a feast of fresh seafood with hosts John & Kathy on Mystic Moon. Karen was behind the camera for a change.|
|The Hinkler aviation museum in Bundaberg is excellent.|
We’ve said all along that this was to be our shakedown cruise although we never expected to get shaken down this much. Here’s the report card
What didn’t work.
Transmission, water pump and aft head.
What we did right.
We sought recommendations from local boaters regarding reliable tradespeople and good suppliers which proved invaluable.
We didn’t take any shortcuts with repairs and opted for full overhaul by an old school marine transmission specialist well versed with our era Borg Warner.
We sea-trialled the repairs rather than just running things at the dock and saying ‘She’ll be right.’
How we screwed up.
We never made it to the rum distillery. Tragic!
|Strange we know but we expected this to contain coolant not oil.|
MARINA REVIEW: Port of Bundaberg Marina *****
Weekly rate for our yacht (1m) – $260 AUD (including GST, water, power and car parking)
The marina is located just inside the mouth of the Burnett River and is very secure in all winds. The berths are very wide and most easily accessible. The marina staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will happily assist with berthing etc.
There is a self serve fuel dock on sit and during our stay diesel was $1.27 per litre (same price as the service station in Bundaberg), There is a small but reasonably well stocked chandlery located in the marina and extensive marine services are available including sail maker, haul out and dry storage.. Bathroom facilities modern and clean. Coin operated laundry onsite. Myport WIFI available but not included in charges. Other facilities at the marina include a very popular restaurant/bar and takeaway fish and chip shop. Cruisers Corner is a nice social hub for cruisers provided by the marina with BBQ, fridge, seating and a television.
Ocean Pacific Seafoods is located next door to the marina offering exceptional fresh seafood and bait. They have a special for marina clients of a fresh platter for two with smoked salmon, two spanner crabs, two Moreton Bay bugs plus prawns for $30. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
An IGA supermarket, Post Office, Bakery, Café and Hotel are located in the township of Burnett Heads about a kilometre from the marina. The IGA and Hotel both provide a free shuttle bus for customers.
The marina provides a free shuttle bus into the Bundaberg CBD about 20 minutes away Monday to Saturday and to the Farmers Markets on Sunday Morning.