Nautical charts

Find out about nautical charts of Western Australian waters developed by the Department of Transport, and how to purchase them.

  Nautical charts and notices to mariners (chart corrections)

  Order 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.

For charts that meet the SOLAS V and other regulations, please visit the Australian Hydrographic Service and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.

A complete catalogue of the Department's Nautical Chart products is available to download from the link below.

DoT's Nautical Charts can be purchased from any of the Dot Regional Offices or Approved Chart Agents listed on the back of this catalogue.

Charts can be ordered by completing and submitting the Nautical Chart Order form which can be downloaded from the link below.

DoT's Fremantle office carries the full range of chart products. Other offices and agents may only carry a limited number of products at any given time.

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  Digital nautical charts on compact disc

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.

For further details, and where you may purchase the CD, please download the nautical chart index.

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.

Digital Charts

Charts included

  • Lancelin.
  • Seabird.
  • Guilderton.
  • Two Rocks.
  • Yanchep.
  • Quinns Rocks.
  • Trigg.
  • Rottnest Island.
  • Ocean Reef to Cape Peron.
  • Cape Peron to Dawesville.
  • Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary.

Charts not included above may be available individually from the Department of Transport office at Fremantle.

Compatible software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Fugawi.
  • OziExplorer.
  • Memory-Map Navigator.

In person

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
1 Essex Street,
Fremantle WA 6160
1300 362 416 (08) 9435 7811 Email
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