Point Samson Johns Creek Boat Harbour

Aerial image of Johns Creek Boat Harbour at Point Samson

Johns Creek Boat Harbour is located in Point Samson on the eastern tip of the Dampier Archipelago and approximately 1,500 kilometres north of Perth. 

The harbour is protected by breakwaters and facilities include boat pens, boat launch ramps, fuel and public toilets.

Point Samson is a relaxed and picturesque coastal village surrounded by mangrove forests. It is a popular holiday destination and is famous for fishing and snorkelling, protected sandy beaches and sunsets.  
 

Facilities

Service jetty

There is a service jetty with single and three phase power, water and lighting. Berths alongside the jetty can dry out at high tide.

Wharf load limits
  • Berth load: 75 tonne displacement vessel berthing at a maximum of 0.25 m/s at a maximum approach angle of 15°
  • Stack load: 750 kg/m²
  • Crane load: 5 tonne gross weight
  • Vehicle load: M9 standard load

Land backed wharf

There is a land backed wharf with single and three phase power, water, lighting and heavy lift pad for crane lifts. At the southern end of the land backed wharf, there is a special purpose net berth for fishing vessel net removal and maintenance. 

Wharf load limits
  • Berth load: 250 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: 20 tonne gross weight with outriggers
  • Vehicle load: T44 standard load

Boat ramp

There is a dual lane concrete launching ramp, with a multi-level catwalk operated by the City of Karratha, and sealed car and boat trailer parking. 

Fuelling facility

Fuel available on from pens 2, 3 and 7 by request.  The service is provided by Baileys Marine Fuels Australia and a fuel card is required. 
Phone: 1300 224 539
Email: baileys@ampol.com.au

Hardstand

The hardstand is located to the east of the harbour basin and includes a heavy lift pad for crane lifts. 

Careening pad

A three-pile careening pad is available for vessels. This is a "natural" boat lifter that uses the high tides of the area to position vessels on the pad.

Toilets/showers

There is a universal access public toilet located near the boat ramp car park.

Waterways and entrance channel

Latitude: -20.638 S Longitude: 117.191 E

  • The harbour basin and entrance channel area has been dredged to a depth of 2.0 metre below chart datum. 
  • The harbour bed at the existing pens can become exposed at low tide.
  • The tidal range at the harbour is approximately from -0.4 metre to 5.9 metre.

Breakwater

There are 3 breakwaters to protect the harbour from waves.

Boat pens

Number of pens Lengths Services
7 alongside berths

Pens range from 10m to 33m

Options include:

  • 2x 25m pen
  • 5x 20m pen
Single and three phase power, water and lighting. Fuel available on pens 2, 3 and 7. 

Fees

See below for current fees at Johns Creek Boat Harbour.

Fixed alongside berths are charged per metre of the vessel length.

All fees quoted are inclusive of GST and should be paid in advance.

Fixed alongside berth - Recreational, tourism, fishing and government vessels

Fee type Fee
12 months $556.80
3 months or more per month $50.80
1 month $83.50
1 week $25.05

Fixed alongside berth – Service vessels

Fee type Fee
12 months $765.60
3 months or more per month $69.85
1 month $114.85
1 week $34.45

Careening pad

Fee type Fee
Use of careening pad per day for a vessel 15m or less in length $234.75
Use of careening pad per day for a vessel more than 15m in length $342.70

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 vessel use of wharf and service jetty

Fee type Fee
Use of service wharf, per 6 consecutive hours or part thereof - per metre of the vessel length $9.80

Apply for a boat pen

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.

Useful resources

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

Cyclone community information sheet

This information sheet provides important information to help users of Point Samson Johns Creek Boat Harbour during the lead up, impact and recovery from a tropical cyclone.

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.

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 Karratha Office on +61 467 801 205 or email Pilbara@transport.wa.gov.au

Page last updated: Thu Oct 26 2023 2:46:14 PM