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.
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  • The bearing of the arrow indicates the direction of the sea and swell. The point of the arrow indicates the period of the sea and swell.

    Esperance directional graph

  • The significant wave height is the average height of the highest one third of waves recorded. It is often the wave height reported by an experienced observer.

    Esperance significant wave height graph

  • The coloured circles indicate the changes in sea and swell direction over time.

    Esperance historical wave direction graph

  About Esperance boating facility and boating guide

The Bandy Creek Boat Harbour is located 10 km east of the centre of Esperance. It contains a commercial area on the east side (with 28 boat pens, a jetty and a land-backed wharf), and a recreational area on the west side (with 20 boat pens and a 2-lane ramp). Fuelling and maintenance facilities are also provided.

For more information, please download the fact sheets below.

MAC_FS_Esperance_Bandy_Creek_Boat_Harbour.pdf icon Bandy Creek Boat Harbour (Fact sheet) Kb
MAC-P-EsperanceBandyCreek_VAP.pdf icon Bandy Creek Boat Harbour: Vessel accommodation plan Kb
MAC_G_ElectGasInsurance.pdf icon Electrical, gas and insurance requirements: Transport operated maritime facilities Kb
MAC-PO-Esperance-Bandy-Creek-CoC.pdf icon Esperance Bandy Creek Boat Harbour code of conduct Kb
MAC_G_Boating_Esperance.pdf icon Esperance boating guide Kb
MAC_PO_LiveOnboard.pdf icon Live onboard policy Kb
MAC-G-Fees-MaritimeFacilities1819.pdf icon Maritime facilities: Schedule of marine fees and charges (2018/2019) Kb
MAC-G-Fees-MaritimeFacilitiesFAQ1819.pdf icon Maritime facilities: Schedule of marine fees and charges - Frequently Asked Questions (2018/2019) Kb
MAC-G-UseDoTJettyWharf1819.pdf icon Use of DoT service jetties and wharves (2018/2019) Kb
MAC_G_VesselAccommTypes1819.pdf icon Vessel accommodation types (2018/2019) Kb

  Mooring/pen availability and contacts

Boating pens promotion
Boating pens promotion

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 both metropolitan areas such as Fremantle and Two Rocks Marina, as well as regional areas including the Mid-West, Southwest 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 (2016/2017).

Wait lists

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 6 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.


A separate form is to be used for moorings in Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). Go to Mooring control area rules.

Wait list process

  1. If you would like to be on a wait list for a pen or mooring please contact us via the application form below.
  2. You will be assigned a wait list number. (example: CBH 001)
  3. Once a suitable pen/mooring is available, you will be contacted in writing by the Department. You will be given two-weeks to respond.
  4. If you do not respond within the 2 week period your name will automatically come off the wait list. You will need to re-apply to go on the wait list again.
  5. You will get a maximum of 2 offers within a year. If you decline both offers, your name will be removed from the wait list.
MAC_P_PenMoorings_BunburyCasuarinaBH_Waitlist.pdf icon Casuarina Bunbury Boat Harbour wait list Kb
MAC_F_ApplyPenMooringWaitlist.pdf icon 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.

Mooring/pen contacts

Region Facility Office location Phone contact Email contact
Gascoyne Carnarvon Small Boat Harbour Department of Transport, Gascoyne, Harbour Road Carnarvon WA 6701 (08) 9941 8230 Email
Gascoyne Exmouth Boating Facility Department of Transport, 21 Maidstone Crescent Exmouth WA 6707 (08) 9216 8220 Email
Goldfields/Esperance Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, Esperance Department of Transport, Goldfields Esperance, Unit 4/35 Brookman Street Kalgoorlie WA 6430 (08) 9216 8099 Email
Great Southern Albany Waterfront Marina Department of Transport, Great Southern, Suite 2, 178 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330 (08) 9216 8520 Email
Great Southern Emu Point Boat Harbour, Albany   (08) 9216 8520 Email
Metropolitan Challenger Boat Harbour   (08) 9431 1020 Email
Metropolitan Two Rocks Marina Hillarys Boat Harbour, Level 1 Southside Drive Hillarys WA 6025 (08) 6241 5503 Email
Mid West Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton   (08) 9216 8170 Email
Mid West Jurien Bay Boat Harbour Department of Transport, Mid West, 65 Chapman Road, Geraldton WA 6530 (08) 9216 8170 Email
Mid West Kalbarri Maritime Facility   (08) 9216 8170 Email
Southwest Augusta Boat Harbour Department of Transport, South West, 24 Wellington Street Bunbury WA 6231 (08) 9216 8200 Email
Southwest Casuarina Boat Harbour, Bunbury   (08) 9216 8200 Email

  Maritime facilities: fees and charges as of 1 July 2019

The following fees and charges will apply from the 1 July 2019.

MAC_G_Fees_MaritimeFacilities1920.pdf icon Maritime facilities: Schedule of marine fees and charges (2019/2020) Kb
MAC_G_Fees_MaritimeFacilitiesFAQ1920.pdf icon Maritime facilities: Schedule of marine fees and charges - Frequently Asked Questions (2019/2020) Kb
MAC_G_UseDoTJettyWharf1920.pdf icon Use of DoT service jetties and wharves (2019/2020) Kb
MAC_G_VesselAccommTypes1920.pdf icon Vessel accommodation types (2019/2020) Kb

  Esperance Sea Search & Rescue Group (VMR 601)

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
PO Box 1371,
Esperance WA 6450
(08) 9071 1697
419 869 655
(08) 9071 5300 Email

  About wave data

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 below 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.

All data provided is subject to the Department of Transport's Disclaimer, conditions of use and copyright policy.

  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
1997 1 January 00:00 Present

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

  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.

  About the weather information on this page

Department of Transport

This information is provided to the public subject to the Department of Transport's disclaimer, privacy, copyright and conditions of use policy

Bureau of Meteorology

Weather information is gathered from the Bureau of Meteorology website. The Bureau provides a 7-day forecast online.

Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Check the weather before you go out on the water
Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Terminology

  Tide predictions and resources

Find out about annual tide predictions at various locations along Western Australia's coast.

MAC_P_TidesComb2019.pdf icon 2019: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb
MAC_P_TidesComb2018.pdf icon 2018: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb
MAC_P_TidesComb2017.pdf icon 2017: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb
MAC_P_TidesComb2016.pdf icon 2016: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb
MAC_P_TidesComb2015.pdf icon 2015: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb
MAC_P_TidesComb2014.pdf icon 2014: Tide predictions by location (Western Australia) Kb

Bureau of Meteorology resources

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) offers a range of tide related information:

  • Interactive tide location map.
  • Sea Level Forecasts.
  • Sea Temperature Analysis.
  • The wind across Australia.

Please use the links below.

Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Interactive tide map
Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Sea temperature and currents
Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): Sea temperature analysis
Opens in a new window Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): The wind across Australia

  Facilities and features


Page last updated: Wed Jun 12 2019 11:59:07 AM