The primary goal of the Down Under "Go West" Rally is to provide those who are heading Down Under with a professional and informative introduction to Australia, and to ensure participants receive current and accurate information before departing and on arrival."
The Down Under 'Go West' Rally is all about choice!
Do everything, do some of it, sail in company or sail alone it is up to you!
Not a 'rally person'? - No worries ! No matter your level of involvement you can still get the benefits and savings associated with being part of the rally.
You choose from where you depart.
The Down Under "Go West" Rally is a destination rally and open to all vessels departing from ports in the SW Pacific with Australia being their destination.
Participants are free to depart for Australia from New Caledonia,Vanuatu or any other port in the SW Pacific.
You choose when you arrive.
The Go West Rally is a "destination rally" meaning that we do not sail to a schedule, there is no set departure date. Participants in the rally are free to depart for Australia from either Vanuatu or New Caledonia with the goal of arriving in Australia between October 1st and November 30th.
You choose your port of entry.
Option 1 - The Go West "Bundy Rally"
This rally is for vessels that choose Bundaberg as their Australian Port of entry.
If you join the "Bundy Rally" the fee for your initial Pratique & Timber inspection of your vessel (biosecurity inspection) on arrival in Bundaberg is included in the rally entry fee and as such the cost to you for this inspection if you join the Bundy Rally will be zero!
In addition to having the fee for your initial Pratique & Timber inspection paid you will be also be invited to attend our Welcome Cocktail party with live music, indigenous Australian dance show, complimentary welcome cocktail & canapés. There are also many other FREE to attend Welcome Week events including our Australian East Coast & Tasmania cruising seminars.. Plus you will receive discounts and deals on marina fees, antifouling, haulouts, dry storage and much more from our rally partner businesses that will save you $$$$$$
Option 2 - The Go West "All Ports Rally".
This rally is for vessels that choose any of the following ports as their Australian port of entry: Mackay, Brisbane, Southport, Coffs Harbour & Newcastle.
Those who do not want to arrive in Bundaberg can join the "All Ports Rally" and still get the benefit of all the support and information we provide in regard to how prepare for and ensure your arrival is hassle free. In addition you will receive discounts and deals on marina fees, antifouling, haulouts, dry storage and much more from our rally partner businesses that will save you $$$$$$
Good reasons to join the Down Under Rally
- Local Knowledge. We are Australians, and we actively cruise in Australia. We know what you need to know and if we don't, we know how to find out! We also work closely with rally participants & the Australian Border Control & Biosecurity to ensure that that all involved are fully aware of what is required before you arrive and what to expect upon arrival.
- Over 100 international vessels have joined the rally and arrived in Australia in the past 3 years . Here is what Mike & Leanne of s.v Ooroo who were 2017 Go West Rally participants had this to say: "If you are heading to Australia you would be mad not to join the Go West Rally as the discounts and deals they offer more that cover the rally entry fee which means all the other information they provide is free. Everything was really well organised and whole lot of fun as well "To see what other Go West Rally participants have said about the rally & Australia click here
- Save $$$$ with the "Rally Great Deals" from our rally partners.The Down Under Rally has over 40 trusted rally partners businesses who offer our all rally participants discounts and deals on everything from Antifoul to Zincs including discounted marinas fees and hardstand fees. CLICK HERE to view some of the offers from our rally partners
- FREE to attend Welcome Week Events. Those who choose to join the Go West "Bundy Rally" are invited to attend the Down Under Rally Welcome Week. All Welcome Week events are FREE TO ATTEND and include parties, live entertainment, Australian East Coast cruising seminars and much more. For more "Welcome Week" info Click Here.