Esperance Bandy Creek Boat Harbour

Aerial image of Esperance Bandy Creek Harbour and surrounding area

The Bandy Creek Boat Harbour is located approximately 10 kilometres to the east of Esperance. 

The east side of the harbour services commercial vessels with a service wharf, slipway, fuelling and maintenance facilities, fish factory and boat pens.

The west side of the harbour is for recreational vessels with Mediterranean style boat pens, boat ramp, car and trailer parking. While easily accessible by water, the two sides of the harbour are several kilometres from each other by road. 

The harbour’s calm and protected beaches are popular with families and there are many islands and reefs nearby to explore. Located on the west side of the harbour, Summy’s Park offers public toilets, BBQ and fish cleaning facilities.  

Harbour facilities

Service wharf

On the east side of the harbour there is a 150 metre land backed service wharf with single phase power, limited three phase power, water, refuelling and lighting.

Wharf load limits
  • Berth load: Max 50 tonne displacement vessel berthing at a maximum of 0.3 m/s at a maximum approach angle of 15°
  • Stack load: 2000 kg/m²
  • Crane load: 30 tonnes gross weight

Trawler jetty

Located at the southern end of the service wharf, the trawler jetty provides single and three phase power, water and vessel accommodation for two larger vessels with berths of 30 metres. The berths are secured with an entry gate and monitored by CCTV.

Wharf load limits
  • Berth load: 300 tonne displacement vessel berthing at a maximum of 0.3 m/s at a maximum approach angle of 15°
  • Stack load: 7000 kg/m²

Fuelling facility

Diesel fuelling facility is located on the service wharf.  A fuel delivery service is provided by South East Petroleum. 
Phone: 08 90711065.

Boat maintenance facilities

The Esperance Professional Fisherman’s Association operates a private slipway on the north eastern side of the harbour. This slipway has a 60 tonne capacity. 
Phone 08 9071 3531 or 08 9071 5765.

Boat ramp

On the west side of the harbour, there is a two-lane boat ramp with catwalk accessible from Daw Drive. Car and trailer parking is available.

Toilets/showers

Public toilets and cold water showers are located on the west side of the harbour near the boat ramp. There is a toilet and shower block for DoT penholders on the east side of the harbour.

Expired flare disposal

Flare disposal is available nearby at the Esperance office, Bandy Creek Road, Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, Esperance. Find out more about flare disposal locations.

Waterway entrance channel

The normal depth of water within the turning basin of the harbour and at the land backed service wharf is 4.2 metres below datum. Vessels with a draft greater than 3 metres should contact DoT’s Esperance office to assist with advice on current depth. Dredging takes place approximately every two years. 

The average depth of water in the area of the commercial pens on the east is nominally 3.5 metres.

The average depth of water at the recreational pens on the west of the boat harbour is nominally 2.0 metres, although this increases to 4.2 metres at the outer pens. 

Latitude: 47.809 
Longitude: -122.391
 

Boat pens

Recreational boat pens - west side of harbour

Number of pens Lengths Services
20 pens

Options include:

  • 14x 11m pens
  • 2x 12m  pen
  • 4x 15m pens
Single phase power, water, lighting and secure entry gate.

Commercial boat pens - east side of harbour

Number of pens Lengths Services
26 pens

Options include:

  • 5x 15m pens
  • 5x 20m pens
  • 16x 25m pens
Single phase, limited three phase power, water and lighting and secure entry gate. 

Fees

See below for current fees at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour.

Boat pens

Fixed pens are charged per metre of pen length. The fixed alongside berths are charged per metre of the vessel length.
All fees quoted are inclusive of GST and should be paid in advance.

12 months

Fee type Fee
Fixed pen without walkway $385.40
Fixed alongside berth $554.25

3 months or more per month

Fee type Fee
Fixed pen without walkway $35.15
Fixed alongside berth $50.55

1 month

Fee type Fee
Fixed pen without walkway $57.80
Fixed alongside berth $83.15

1 week

Fee type Fee
Fixed pen without walkway $17.35
Fixed alongside berth $24.95

Other facility fees

Fee type Fee
Electricity supply - metered COST
Water supply - metered COST
Rubbish removal - including any not placed in supplied bins or containers not removed; waste oil in excess of 150 litres; or rubbish from source other than fee paying vessel. COST

Service jetty fees

There are fees and conditions for use for service jetties and wharves at DoT managed maritime facilities.
Find out more about service jetty and wharf fees.

Apply for a boat pen or harbour mooring

DoT’s vessel accommodation is offered on a casual, short term and long term basis and is always in high demand. Submit the enquiry form to find out if a pen is available.

Ready to apply?

Once you have spoken with one of our Harbour Officers to confirm availability, fill in either the waitlist or vessel accommodation application form below and familiarise yourself with important terms and conditions. 

 

  Things to do at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour

There is plenty to see and do at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour. Here are some ideas for your next visit:

  • Take in the vista from the lookout towards Cape LeGrand and the Recherche Archipelago.
  • Walk over Bandy Creek via the causeway and see if you can see the resident sea lion.
  • Cast a fishing line along the breakwaters or the rock walls. The area is known for herring, bream and skippy and you clean your catch at the fish cleaning facilities at Summy’s Park.
  • Buy some seafood. You may even be able to buy directly from the fishing boats.
  • Swim at the many beaches within the harbour.
     

Useful resources

DoT has several resources to help you stay safe when out on the water.

Deckee

Deckee is a free app to help you plan your next boating trip. The app helps you keep informed with location-based data, safety alerts, access to the coast cams, weather forecasts and other information while you're on your boat. Download Deckee before you go.

Boating safety

We provide a range of boating safety information on safety equipment, boating rules and marine radios and distress calls.

Nautical charts

DoT publishes nautical charts of the WA coastline for use by recreational and commercial vessels.
See Bremer Bay to Esperance nautical charts.

Boating guides

Our boating guides provide local marine safety information, including boating hazards, speed restrictions, personal watercraft, water ski and closed water areas. Download a guide below or visit the boating guides page for more resources.

Contact us


To find out more, contact the Albany office on (08) 9216 8520 or email greatsouthern@transport.wa.gov.au

Page last updated: Mon Feb 19 2024 8:58:51 AM