Find out about nautical charts of Western Australian waters developed by the Department of Transport, and how to purchase them.
Chart corrections are produced to accompany the Department of Transportís†nautical charts. They are a means of keeping charts up-to-date with information of a safety or navigational nature.
Please go to our Chart corrections site.
About our charts
In the interest of safe boating, the Department of Transport publishes detailed nautical charts of the Western Australian coastline for use by recreational and local commercial vessels. These charts are not intended as meeting any chart carriage requirements under either Australian or international regulations.
Nautical charts are navigational tools, which are vital for all craft. They provide clear, concise information about ocean depths and coastal features as well as displaying accurate information about lights, beacons, piles, nautical limits and all navigational hazards. Mariners should keep their charts up to date by regularly incorporating the relevant Notices to Mariners.
The West Australian coastline is approximately 12,000 km long and includes some of Australia's most dangerous waters. The Royal Australian Navy and the Department have ongoing programs to accurately chart this vast coastline.
The Department's nautical chart series is compiled to specifications based on those of the International Hydrographic Organisation, the worldwide charting standardisation authority, and are printed in full colour onto high quality map paper.
Please download the chart index below.
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Digital nautical charts
A compact disc (CD) of digital charts, in raster (ECW and TIFF) and PDF (Adobe Acrobat) formats, is available for use on personal computers. It covers Perth local waters from Lancelin to Dawesville.
The charts are not geo-referenced, however the images contain Latitude and Longitude values relating to the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94).
Chart scales range from 1:25,000 to 1:50,000 with individual insets supplied at larger scales, and file sizes range from 1 to 15 MB.
Note: These chart images†are not intended for navigational use, but†are suitable for use as background images for computer and GPS mapping.
- Two Rocks
- Quinns Rocks
- Rottnest Island
- Swan and Canning Rivers
- Ocean Reef to Cape Peron
- Cape Peron to Dawesville
- Peel Inlet & Harvey Estuary.
Charts not included above may be available individually from the Department of Transport office at Fremantle.
Printable nautical charts of Western Australian can be purchased from chart agents or downloaded from the Department of Transport's Nautical charts site. Digital charts may be purchased ordered directly from the Department.
To find out the current purchase price for†both printed and†digital nautical charts, please†see our Facilities and waterway fees schedule.