South West notices

View navigational warnings, event notices and Temporary Notices To Mariners for the South West region.

 Warning:  Unrecovered SAR Training Store Geographe Bay

A SAR (Search and Rescue) training store (fastwave training buoy, serial number: 7981) deployed from a SAR aircraft on a recent training flight in Geographe Bay has not been recovered.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and are requested to notify the Department of Transport regarding any sightings of the unrecovered training store by telephone: 13 11 56 or by email to:
Chart reference: WA966 - Cape Naturaliste
Location: -33: 35.18'S  115: 22.54'E
Issued: 19/09/2022 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 2801

 Advice:  Deployment of Geographe Bay Wave Buoys

Mariners are advised that three wave buoys are scheduled to be deployed in Geographe Bay as follows:


-33.5915S, 115.1165E (Dunsborough)
-33.6001S, 115.2499E (Abbey)
-33.6271S, 115.3377E (Busselton Jetty)

Deployment date: 08/09/2022
Provisional recovery date: 08/09/2023

The above wave buoys are yellow in colour, approximately 420mm in diameter, and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

Flash rate: Fl Y 2.5s

No vessel is to moor to, or interfere with, the above wave buoys at any time.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above wave buoys at all times.
Chart reference: WA966 - Cape Naturaliste
Location: 000: 00.0000'S  000: 00.0000'E
Start date: 8/09/2022 12:00:00 AM
End date: 8/09/2023 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 14/09/2022 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 2792

 Advice:  Demolition and Reconstruction of Boat Ramp Casuarina Boat Harbour, Bunbury

Mariners are advised that works to demolish and reconstruct the boat ramp in the Casuarina Boat Harbour are scheduled to take place from Wednesday 17 August 2022 to Friday 28 October 2022. The works will include demolition of existing boat ramp and holding jetty, construction of a new boat ramp and floating boat holding jetty.

The boat ramp will be closed for use during this time but the works will be contained and should not impact vessel traffic entering and transiting within the boat harbour. Fairways and access to all existing jetties and the existing pens within the harbour will be maintained with minimum disruptions.

The works, including piling operations, will be conducted Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) during daylight hours using piling jack up barge TMC1 (12m x 7m), workboats and land based equipment as required and diving operations will take place.

The works area will be delineated by yellow buoys, approximately one metre in height and equipped with flashing yellow lights. Unlit piles will be located within the confines of the works area.

All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times. The international code flag A will be displayed whilst diving operations are underway. Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16 during operating hours.

For further information regarding these works please contact SMC Supervisor Jeff Offer on 0423 117 023

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting inside the Casuarina Boat Harbour during the above operations.
Chart reference: WA859 - Bunbury to Port Geographe
Location: -33: 18.360'S  115: 38.880'E
Start date: 28/07/2022 12:00:00 AM
End date: 28/10/2022 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 8/07/2022 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 1852

 Warning:  Bunbury Port Starboard Marker No. 5 replaced by Special Mark

Starboard Beacon channel marker No. 5 and light at the Port of Bunbury has been replaced with a temporary 'Special Marker Buoy' (FL Y 3s)

The destroyed beacon at present is on the sea bed in the immediate vicinity. Minimum depth of water at LAT is approximately 10.5 meters to the west of the charted position.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in this area.
Chart reference: WA776 - Preston to Bunbury
Location: -33: 18.065'S  115: 39.077'E
Start date: 5/07/2022 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 5/07/2022 12:00:00 AM

 Advice:  Hardy Inlet Augusta Port lateral mark missing

Mariners are advised that a port lateral marker at Hardy Inlet is missing. Navigate with caution when passing directly east of Thomas Island.
Chart reference: WA698 - Hardy Inlet
Location: -34: 17.3519'S  115: 10.6139'E
Start date: 6/04/2022 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 6/04/2022 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 1080

 Advice:  Mobile seagrass wrack, Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel

Port Geographe harbour entrance channel
Mariners are advised that mobile seagrass wrack may be present in the vicinity of the Port Geographe Harbour entrance channel.

This material can vary significantly in thickness and position over short time frames, reducing depths and restricting navigation in the channel.

The affected area includes the full extent of the entrance channel, with the worst affected area being in the entrance channel directly adjacent to the lagoon rock-wall.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the entrance channel, allowing for changing conditions when traversing the area. Vessels may be at risk of grounding when navigating through this area.
Chart reference: WA859 - Bunbury to Port Geographe
Location: -33: 37.7390'S  115: 23.3786'E
Start date: 25/07/2018 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 25/07/2018 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 106

 Advice:  Closure of Marlston Waterfront Jetty (Dome Cafe), Koombana Bay Bunbury

Mariners are advised that the Marlston Waterfront Jetty (adjacent to the Dome Café, Bonnefoi Boulevard Bunbury) has been closed until further notice due to storm damage.

A boom and yellow marker buoys have been deployed around the jetty.

Mariners are advised to remain east of the yellow marker buoys and exercise caution when towing skiers in the adjacent Koombana Bay water ski area.
Chart reference: AUS115 - Approaches to Bunbury
Location: -33: 19.0820'S  115: 38.3934'E
Start date: 20/09/2018 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 20/09/2018 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 128

 Advice:  Shallowing - Northern entrance to Pelican Point Canals, mouth of the Collie River, Bunbury

Mariners are advised that shallowing has occurred at the northern entrance to the Pelican Point Canals (immediately downstream of the mouth of the Collie River, Bunbury) reducing depths and restricting navigation in the vicinity.

The shallowest area of the canals, outside the edges of the canals, is reported to be on the southern side of the approach channel, about 20m upstream of the pedestrian bridge into the northern canal entrance
Chart reference: WA776 - Preston to Bunbury
Location: -33: 18.4085'S  115: 41.6319'E
Start date: 22/10/2021 12:00:00 AM
Issued: 22/09/2021 12:00:00 AM
Notice number: 133
Page last updated: Tue Feb 15 2022 11:28:24 AM