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 Australia - General Info

Time Zone

Western Australia UTC + 8. South Australia, Northern Territory UTC + 91/2. Eastern Australia UTC + 10. Summer time + 1 from late October to late March in South Australia, NSW, Tasmania and Victoria.

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 240v - (Outlets typically controlled by adjacent switch)

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

Australian dollar (Aus$)

Communications

See Pacific List of Radio Nets

International dialing code for Australia is +61.

Cell phone coverage and service in Australia is surprisingly good and uses the GSM service in order to provide mobile phone users with cellular capability. As Coverage is available where there are people or major access roads. Amaysim have an easy to acquire SIM card and a reasonable pre-paid plan.

Telstra's network is the largest in the country and provides excellent coverage, even in the most remote parts of the country. Reported to support high quality skype almost anywhere. The Elite Modem comes recommended. Various plans available for internet access through the cellular phone system. Telstra do require a number of proofs of identity and a credit check.

All McDonalds in Australia have free Wi-Fi, however, don't provide electrical sockets. Therefore be sure to arrive at McDonalds with a fully charged laptop.

Diplomatic Missions

For full list of Embassies/Consulates in Australia see link
Embassies/Consulates in Australia

Events

January: Skandia Geelong Week, the largest regatta in Australia. See website for more details.

July: Darwin Kupang Rally

December: Sydney-Hobart Race

Darwin Kupang Rally
Port2Port Rally
Vanuatu and New Caledonia to Bundaberg, Queensland. Organised by the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club. End of October every year - 2012 was the 13th year. Not running in 2013.
The rally consists of cruisers from many nations, many of them circumnavigators who use the rally as a fun way to finish their Pacific crossing, with many children taking part as part of a family adventure.

Emergencies

Emergency phone numbers in Australia

Ambulance/Fire/Police: 000

Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26

Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800

Diver Emergency Network: 1800 088 200

Asthma Australia: 1800 645 130

Diabetes Australia: 1300 136 588

Notices to Mariners on Google Earth (free service)
http://www.noticestomariners.com/
Currently for Queensland only

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club.

Marine Imray Charts App. for iPad users in Australia.
Coverage has been extended with Australian Hydrographic Office charts for East and South Australia with Tasmania.
More information from iTunes App store

Australian Hydrographic Service

Jack and Jude Cruising Guides for Tasmania, South Australia, and the Coral Sea.
In electronic format, each cost only $5 and are immediate download. Information on anchorages, facilities, attractions, what to do, fishing spots & marina fees. Contain full colour maps with GPS positions and safe tracks, aerial views, chart snippets, weather information. Free updates. Find out more at: http://jackandjude.com/anchorages/cruiseguides/

Cruising the Coral Coast - Classic guide to the East Coast of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef
By Alan Lucas
Publisher: Alan Lucas Cruising Guides - Edition: 8th (2003) ISBN: 9780958176804.
First published in 1968, this book has reached its eight edition and remains the only guide to cover the whole of the east coast of Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef. The current edition, updated to 2003, includes notes on the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Coral Sea. This edition is the biggest yet with larger, more detailed charts and more ports and anchorages than in previous editions.

Cruising the New South Wales Coast
By Alan Lucas
Publisher Alan Lucas Cruising Guides - Edition 5th (2000)
ISBN: 9780958580748
A sailors guide to the ports, anchorages, rivers and lakes of Australias first state. Fully updated and revised.

Australian Cruising Guide
By Alan Lucas
Publisher Imray,Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd (2nd edition)
ISBN 085288 766 3
This book is an essential guide for planning a cruise not only of Australia but its associated cruising areas of the South Pacific, The Philippines,Indonesia, Singapore etc.The work is divided into sections covering geography, climate, formalities and there is a state-by-state round up which gives details of the most important ports

Northern Territory Coast Cruising Guide
By John Knight
Publisher: Diane Andrews Publishing, Cair
ISBN 9780980481938
Complete Detailed Information For Cape To Kimberley Safe Cruising

South Australia’s Waters – an Atlas and Guide
See review here

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0852884829

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Michael Pocock
Publisher: Adlard Coles; 2 edition (August 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-0713661828
Complete reference for anyone contemplating sailing the Pacific in their own boat. From ideal timing, suitable boats, routes, methods of communication and provisioning to seasonal weather, departure and arrival ports, facilities, likely costs and dangers, the comprehensiveness of this new edition will both inspire dreamers and instil confidence in those about to depart.

Noel Patrick's Curtis Coast (Bundaberg to Mackay)
By Noel Patrick
Publisher: Riverston (1990)
ISBN-10: 1862527377
From Bundaberg to Mackay, Noel Patrick's Curtis Coast covers 285 miles of tropical Queensland coastline. Detailed maps of 120 coastal islands, hundreds of photographs, 200 anchorages, 30 rivers and streams. Charted in exacting detail, contained in some 150 individual maps featuring over 600 soundings, covering an area of over 10,000 square miles.

100 magic miles of the Great Barrier Reef : the Whitsunday Islands
By David Colfe, illustrated by Carolyn Colfelt
Publisher Windward Publications Pty Ltd (9th Edition)
ISBN: 9780958698955
100 Magic Miles is the authoritativeguide to the Whitsunday Islands, known locally as "the bible" because it contains exhaustive information about all aspects of this Queensland holiday paradise. 256 pages of information, sketch maps, diagrams and colour photos, 113 pages of detailed sailing directions for anchorages throughout the islands .Colour sketch maps of all anchorages . Vertical colour aerial photography of many principal anchorages. Island resorts of the Whitsundays. Fishing in the Whitsundays (incl size and bag limits) scuba diving and snorkelling in the Whitsundays. Camping on the Whitsunday islands. Boating in the Whitsundays. Index of anchorages and placenames. General index.

Downwind Around Australia and Africa Yacht Pilot
By: Warwick Clay
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: x11775
Provides sailing directions from the South Pacific to Europe and Americas on the downwind route in one volume including weather information and route planning information. Information on 166 ports, harbours, and anchorages en route, almost all with sketch charts. Final landfalls are Gibraltar ( for the Mediterranean), Bayona, Spain (for northern Europe), Antigua (for the East coast of North America), and Panama Canal (for the West coast of America)."

Torres Strait Passage Guide

By Ken Hellewell
Publisher Cevennes Productions - Edition: 1st (2003)
ISBN: 0972749209
A navigational guide to routes through the Great Barrier Reef and the little known islands of the Torres Strait.

South East Asia Pilot 3rd Edition (Formerly The Andaman Sea Pilot)

By Grenville Fordham Andy Dowden and Bill O'Leary
Publisher: Image Asia Press - Grenville Fordham
The definitive guide to South East Asia and beyond, complete with reference charts and colour photos.
www.southeastasiapilot.com

Cruising the Coral Coast
By Alan Lucas
Publisher - Alan Lucas Cruising Guides - 8th Edition (2003)
ISBN - 9780958176804
The classic guide to the East Coast of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. First published in 1968, this book has reached its eight edition and remains the only guide to cover the whole of the east coast of Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef. The current edition, updated to 2003, includes notes on the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Coral Sea. This edition is the biggest yet with larger, more detailed charts and more ports and anchorages than in previous editions. It's as close to a must have guide as your ever likely to find if your plans include cruising along the Queensland Coast.

Landfalls of Paradise - Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl R Hinz and Jim Howard
Publisher - University of Hawaii Press - 5th Edition (2006) ISBN 9780824830377
A popular guide to cruising the South Pacific. Has new charts and a wide range of information. Covers 75 ports of entry, and includes entry procedures, medical services, weather, photos and much more.

Australian Customs & Border Protection Service
Information for pleasure craft travelling to Australia

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

Australian Department of Immigration

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Australian Tourist Commission

Australian Hydrographic Service
Charts, reports & Notices to Mariners

Notices to Mariners on Google Earth (free service)
http://www.noticestomariners.com/
Currently for Queensland only

The Coastal Passage
Online magazine with information on issues of interest to sailors in Australia.

Australian Marinas Guide

Save the Great Barrier Reef
Posted December 2012
50 years ago, Australians ran a successful community campaign to create the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The Great Barrier Reef is now under threat once again with massive port expansions planned Reef-wide. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system and hundreds of cruisers visit there every year. To be a part of this campaign, take a look at the website and help raise funds for a run of advertisements across Australia to stop massive port expansions that threaten the reef.

Cruising the Australian East and North Coasts by SV Ocelot (2006))
Plenty of useful cruising info. plus downloadable track files in both MaxSea (.ptf) format and in OpenCPN (.gpx) format.

Jack and Jude's guide to cruising the Coral Sea
September 2013: The Coral Sea occupies that part of the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Australia between the parallels of Sandy Cape and Torres Strait, bounded by the SW coast of New Caledonia to a line drawn to the Louisiade Archipelago and south coast of Papua New Guinea. This guide covers only those reefs and islets within Australian territory.

Cruising Western Australia
Jack and Jude cruised this coast towards southern Australia between April and June 2014. Their blog has some good info. on anchorages etc.

Public Liability Insurance for Queensland Marinas
Nautilus Marine Insurance have been used by a number of foreign cruising boats to secure temporary AUD$5-10million public liability insurance required by Queensland and Darwin marinas. See report here for further details.

New South Wales: For information on bar crossing safety or to view coastal bar crossing footage, go to www.maritime.nsw.gov.au

Cruisers Guide to Brisbane by s/v Ceilydh
http://maiaaboard.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/a-cruisers-guide-to-brisbane.html
October 2013

Update History

August 2013: Formalities updated.
August 2012: Information on importing spare parts added.
May 2012: Insurance information added to documents section.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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gunnarandeva
gunnarandeva says:
Nov 01, 2013 09:51 PM

Returning to Australia after a 9 1/2 year circumnavigation we were not looking forward to the alleged complications and expense clearing in to Australia (Bundaberg). Nothing could have been further from the truth; we were attended to by very courteous and friendly officials, all done on board in about 1/2 hour and the total cost $330. Needing groceries the marina then called the manager at the supermarket in nearby Burnett Heads who picked us up in his van, took us to his shop and after finished shopping took us back to the boat via the local liquor store to pick up some beer, how is that for Aussie hospitality! Can thoroghly recommend Bundaberg as a port of entry.

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Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in the Pacific Ocean  (17 May 2013)

Yacht Search: Call out for overdue sailor in the Indian Ocean

Yacht Search: Call out for overdue sailor in the Indian Ocean  (17 May 2013)

Western Australia, Augusta: New Boat Harbour on target for completion mid-2014

Western Australia, Augusta: New Boat Harbour on target for completion mid-2014  (29 Apr 2013)

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Australia, Bundaberg: 2013 Port2Port Yacht Rally Cancelled  (21 Mar 2013)

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Australia, Queensland: An Update on Marina Flood Damage  (05 Mar 2013)

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Summary of Security & Piracy Reports 2012  (28 Feb 2013)

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Australia, Queensland: Notices to Mariners on Google Earth  (11 Feb 2013)

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Australia: Superstorm Hits East Coast  (29 Jan 2013)

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Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad  (23 Jan 2013)

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Australia: Pantaenius opens new office  (19 Oct 2012)

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Australia: Air Canada crew & passengers help locate stranded yacht   (17 Oct 2012)

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Double-handed crew rescued in Indian Ocean  (25 Sep 2012)

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Tonga: Australian Yacht Wrecked and Crew Missing - Search Suspended  (21 Jun 2012)

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Australia Gold Coast: Sanctuary Cove Boat Show  (15 May 2012)

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Some Good News Regarding the International Certificate of Competence  (07 Mar 2012)

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Drugs Found on Yacht in Bundaberg, Australia  (14 Nov 2011)

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Indian Coastguard Rescue 2 Australians Adrift  (18 Oct 2011)

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British sailors missing at sea between South Africa and Australia  (08 Sep 2011)

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Australia: Queensland to tighten boating safety regulations  (03 Aug 2011)

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Candian Yachtsman tells of rescue in eight-metre swell   (02 Aug 2011)

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Australia, Llewellyn Reef: Long Distance Cruisers Run Aground  (07 Jul 2011)

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ICA - Cruising Rallies for the SW Pacific  (13 Jun 2011)

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Queensland Government Launches Superyacht Portal   (25 May 2011)

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The Latest Information on Yacht Transport Voyages  (08 Mar 2011)

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Severe Tropical Cyclone NE of Cairns  (02 Feb 2011)

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Great Barrier Reef Deluged with Tonnes of Toxic Water   (13 Jan 2011)

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Australia: Couple rescued from sinking yacht  (15 Nov 2010)

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Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally Cancelled  (08 Jun 2010)

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Australian family shipwrecked on MogMog, Micronesia  (17 May 2010)

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Australian Sailors can help Haiti  (24 Mar 2010)

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Swiss solo sailor successfully rescued after whale strike  (26 Nov 2009)

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Update to Arrival Notification for Australia  (08 Nov 2009)

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OceansWatch to tour the Australian East Coast  (30 Oct 2009)

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Product Recall - Burke Marine Deluxe & Standard Bosun Chairs  (21 Oct 2009)

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Effects of Montaro Gas Spill North West Australia  (02 Oct 2009)

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Yacht Collides with Cargo Ship - Australia  (10 Sep 2009)

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New Around Australia Race and Rally  (24 Jun 2009)

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Cyclone Hamish passes Whitsundays, but More Danger South   (11 Mar 2009)

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Cruise Ship Rescues Sailors on Reef  (25 Nov 2008)

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Useful Clarification of Australian Pre-Arrival Notification Rule  (22 Nov 2008)

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C-MAP MAX Chart Products – Alert for NE Australia  (20 Oct 2008)

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Queensland, Australia - Missing Yacht  (14 Sep 2008)

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Australian Reef Claims Another Cruising Boat  (06 Sep 2008)

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'Ghost ship' Deaths an Accident   (10 Aug 2008)

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World ARC Rally Yacht Strikes Reef off Cairns  (06 Aug 2008)

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Yacht Abandoned off West New Caledonia Coast  (30 Jul 2008)

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New Rally Cairns to Louisiades Archipelago, PNG - Entry List Closed  (20 Jul 2008)

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Yacht Express Makes Debut Down Under  (18 Jul 2008)

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An Increase in Australian Quarantine Clearance Fees  (08 Jul 2008)

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Watch out for Whales May to September  (17 Jun 2008)

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Couple's Tragic Accident - Correction To Previous News Item  (21 May 2008)

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Early Signs That Australian Customs Are Easing Up On Yachts  (17 Apr 2008)

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DYT Announces New Routes and Voyages  (12 Dec 2007)

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Australian Customs Impose Tough New Notification Rule  (22 Mar 2007)

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New Zealand Citizens Now Need Visas For Torres Strait Area  (26 May 2006)

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New Australian biofouling protocol for arriving yachts  (04 Oct 2005)

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Brunei Bay Radio Services  (23 Feb 2005)

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South East Asian Maritime Net frequency modification  (13 Jul 2004)

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Bundaberg Set to Become Australia's Favourite Cruising Destination  (01 Nov 2003)

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Weather Websites for SE Asia  (01 Feb 2003)