Esperance is located 720 km east-southeast of Perth, in the Goldfields-Esperance region. Find out about boating and marine facilities in Esperance, as well as coastal, tide and wave data.
Plan your Esperance boating trip
|Esperance boating guide||Kb|
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Esperance forecast|
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Check the weather before you go out on the water|
Bandy Creek Boat Harbour facilities
Bandy Creek Boat Harbour is located in beautiful Esperance Bay and provides important services to the commercial fishing, charter and tourism industry.
The harbour also provides locals and visitors with an opportunity to experience firsthand its operations with a number of walking trails. Download the map below.
Other ideas for your next harbour experience:
- Visit the lookout and take in the vista towards Cape LeGrand and the islands of the Recherge.
- Walk over Bandy Creek via the causeway and keep an eye for the resident sea lion.
- Cast a line along the breakwaters or the rock walls. The herring, bream and skippy are always keen to entertain you fishing from the wharf and clean your catch at the fish cleaning station at Summy’s Park.
- Buy some seafood.
- Swim at the many beaches within the harbour.
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Mooring/pen availability and contacts
Boat pens are available at Department of Transports metropolitan and regional boating facilities providing a secure, convenient option to easily access your favourite boating destination.
The Department of Transport has vacant pens available in metropolitan areas such as Fremantle and Two Rocks Marina, as well as regional areas including the Mid-West, South West and Great Southern.
Pens range in size from 8 to 25 metres. Having your own pen will provide you with a safe and convenient facility for your boat with secure access giving you more time on the water.
For information relating to fees and charges applying to pens, please refer to the Schedule of maritime facilities fees and charges (2019/2020).
The Department of Transport manages boat harbours and other maritime facilities for small craft around the state. Vessel accommodation offered at each maritime facility is different, and may include pens, swing or pile moorings, or a mix of both. There will usually be different size pens or moorings available at each facility, catering for vessels from six metres upwards.
Vessel accommodation is always in high demand. Where the number of pens/moorings available is not sufficient to satisfy demand, the DoT maritime facility maintains a waiting list.
Facilities that may have a wait list
- Bunbury, Casuarina Boat Harbour moorings.
- Bunbury, Casuarina Boat Harbour pens.
- Exmouth boating facility.
- Fremantle Challenger Harbour.
- Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
- Geraldton boating facility.
- Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Members of the public who wish to be considered for a long term (annual) vacancy in the pen/mooring system when one becomes available are able to put their name on the wait list.
To apply for a DoT swing mooring in the following Mooring Control Areas please complete a New Mooring Application Form (below) and pay the application fee.
- Metro - Swan and Canning River
- Rockingham - Mangles Bay
- Albany – Oyster Harbour
- Peel – Dawesville
- Carnarvon Fascine
Please submit your completed application form to: email@example.com.
Wait list process
- If you would like to be on a wait list for a pen or mooring please contact us via the application form below.
- You will be assigned a wait list number. (example: CBH 001)
- Once a suitable pen/mooring is available, you will be contacted in writing by the Department. You will be given two-weeks to respond.
- If you do not respond within the two week period your name will automatically come off the wait list. You will need to re-apply to go on the wait list again.
- You will get a maximum of two offers within a year. If you decline both offers, your name will be removed from the wait list.
|New Mooring Application Form - Recreational||Kb|
|New Mooring Application Form - Commercial||Kb|
|Casuarina Bunbury Boat Harbour wait list||Kb|
|How to apply for a pen or mooring wait list (application form)||Kb|
Need to come off the wait list?
If you are on a wait list, but have acquired a pen or mooring elsewhere, please notify the wait list facility and ask to have your name removed.
|Region||Facility||Office location||Phone contact||Email contact|
|Gascoyne||Carnarvon Small Boat Harbour||Department of Transport, Gascoyne, Harbour Road Carnarvon WA 6701||(08) 9216 8230|
|Gascoyne||Exmouth Boating Facility||Department of Transport, 21 Maidstone Crescent Exmouth WA 6707||(08) 9216 8220|
|Goldfields/Esperance||Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, Esperance||Department of Transport, Great Southern, Suite 2, 178 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330||(08) 9216 8520|
|Great Southern||Albany Waterfront Marina||Department of Transport, Great Southern, Suite 2, 178 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330||(08) 9216 8520|
|Great Southern||Emu Point Boat Harbour, Albany||(08) 9216 8520|
|Metropolitan||Challenger Boat Harbour||(08) 9431 1020|
|Metropolitan||Two Rocks Marina||Hillarys Boat Harbour, Level 1 Southside Drive Hillarys WA 6025||(08) 6241 5503|
|Mid West||Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton||(08) 9216 8170|
|Mid West||Jurien Bay Boat Harbour||Department of Transport, Mid West, 65 Chapman Road, Geraldton WA 6530||(08) 9216 8170|
|Mid West||Kalbarri Maritime Facility||(08) 9216 8170|
|Southwest||Augusta Boat Harbour||Department of Transport, South West, 24 Wellington Street Bunbury WA 6231||(08) 9216 8200|
|Southwest||Casuarina Boat Harbour, Bunbury||(08) 9216 8200|
Maritime facilities: Schedule of fees and charges (2021/2022)
For information regarding fees and charges to be applied from 1 July 2021, refer to the documents below:
The 'Maritime facilities: Schedule of marine fees and charges' document contains fees and vessel accommodation information on numerous DoT managed facilities, including the following;
- Ferry licence fees.
- Fuel wharfage fees.
- General notes.
- Jetty and mooring area licence fees.
- Statewide fees.
Project: Bandy Creek Weir
The Department of Transport is proposing to build a new weir at Bandy Creek which was overtopped in another flood event in February 2017.
For more information visit the Bandy Creek Weir page.
Esperance historical tide and wave data
Historical tide data
The table below shows the dates and times during which tide data was collected for Esperance.
Time is presented according to the 24-hour clock.
|Start year||Start date||Start time||End year||End date||End time|
|1991||2 August||07:45||1991||31 December||23:45|
|1992||21 January||06:30||1992||17 February||18:15|
|1992||18 February||01:30||1992||18 February||08:00|
|1992||18 February||14:30||1992||18 February||19:30|
|1992||19 February||01:45||1992||19 February||07:45|
|1992||19 February||14:15||1992||19 February||19:00|
|1992||20 February||02:15||1992||20 February||08:00|
|1992||20 February||14:15||1992||20 February||19:30|
|1992||21 February||01:45||1992||21 February||07:30|
|1992||21 February||13:45||1992||22 February||07:45|
|1992||22 February||13:30||1992||23 February||08:15|
|1992||23 February||13:45||1992||31 December||23:45|
|1993||1 January||00:00||1993||22 June||16:15|
|1993||23 June||09:15||1993||23 June||14:15|
|1993||24 June||13:00||1993||31 December||23:45|
|1994||1 January||00:00||1994||31 December||23:45|
|1995||1 January||00:00||1995||31 December||23:45|
|1996||1 January||00:00||1996||31 December||23:45|
Historical wave data
The table below shows the dates during which wave data was collected at various locations around Esperance.
Legend: A = Analogue, D = Digital
|Location No.||Depth||Latitude (S)||Longitude (E)||Installed||Removed||Format|
|011||12 metres||33° 50' 26"||121° 55' 58"||21/02/1980||04/03/1981||A|
|016||47 metres||33° 56' 00"||121° 57' 30"||11/08/1982||10/03/1983||D|
|016||47 metres||33° 56' 00"||121° 57' 30"||17/03/1983||20/12/1983||D|
|049||12 metres||33° 50' 26"||121° 55' 58"||22/02/2005||28/01/2006||D|
|051||52 metres||34° 00' 02"||121° 54' 00"||18/06/2006||D|
Tide predictions and resources
Find out about annual tide predictions at various locations along Western Australia's coast. All data provided is subject to DoT's disclaimer, conditions of use and copyright policy.
Bureau of Meteorology resources
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) offers a range of tide related information:
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Interactive tide map|
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Sea temperature and currents|
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Sea temperature analysis|
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): The wind across Australia|
About the weather and wave information on this page
All information is provided to the public subject to the Department of Transport's disclaimer, privacy, copyright and conditions of use policy
Weather information is gathered from the Bureau of Meteorology website.
The wave climate at any location can be, and usually is, a combination of sea and swell and is often referred to as the total wave.
The graphs provide information on sea waves and swell waves. They are updated as near to real-time as possible.
The near real-time wave data is downloaded from recording sites and graphics created for the web using software developed by Tremarfon Pty Ltd.
|Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Terminology|