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

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  Bandy Creek Boat Harbour facilities

  Harbour experiences

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.

  Mooring and pen waitlists 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.
  5. 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.

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) 9216 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, Great Southern, Suite 2, 178 Stirling Terrace Albany WA 6330 (08) 9216 8520 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 1 Pope Street, Two Rocks WA 6037 (08) 9561 1100 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: Schedule of fees and charges (2022/2023)

For information regarding fees and charges to be applied from 1 July 2022, please 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.

  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

  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
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

  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.

  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. 

Wave information

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.

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