Pleasure craft information

Weather

Broome has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and warm winters. There are two distinct seasons:

  • the ‘wet’ usually from December to March when NW-SW winds typically increase in the afternoon (15-20kts) before easing overnight; and

  • the ‘dry’ for the remainder of the year when strong SE’ly winds are often experienced in the morning (25-30kts) before easing in the afternoon.

From October to April maximum temperatures average over 33C, while overnight minima is typically 26C in the wet/summer months.  By contrast winters are mild, in July average maximum and minimum temperatures being 26.9C and 12.0C respectively.

Over 75% of the average annual rainfalls from January to March are associated with thunderstorms and tropical lows or cyclones. These weather systems can produce heavy rain in short periods. The unreliable nature of the occurrence and movement of thunderstorms and tropical systems result in rainfall being highly variable.

Tropical cyclones capable of strong winds, high seas and heavy rain can be experienced during the months from November to April, but are most common in January and February.
 

Tides and Tidal Streams

Broome experiences a 10m range of tide at certain times of the year.  Tidal streams are complex and strong in the port area with up to 5 knots experienced in the vicinity of Entrance Point. Visiting yachts are advised to plan their arrival to take into account the capabilities of their vessel and their local knowledge.

Tidal streams on the inner berths at Broome wharf flood (NNE) until approx. 2 hrs before HW followed by an apparent ebb stream (SSW) flows until LW.  Rates at the inner berths can reach 4 knots on spring tides.  Skippers should make an assessment of the tidal stream before committing to a manoeuvre.
 

Moorings / Anchorage

All moorings at Port of Broome (Roebuck Bay and Gantheaume Point) are privately owned and it is an offence under the Port Authorities Regulations 2001 to use a mooring without the permission of Kimberley Ports Authority (Penalty $5,000).  Visitors are advised to contact KPA on +61 08 9194 3100 in advance for a list of available moorings for hire.  Costs of hire are a matter of negotiation between the mooring owner and hirer, once agreed an additional vessel on an existing mooring’ form should be completed, signed and submitted with a copy of a valid insurance certificate of currency for the vessel. Application for Additional Vessel on an Existing Mooring Site from can be accessed on the Moorings page.

In Roebuck Bay anchorages can be sought to the NE of the ‘no anchoring area’ as marked on chart AUS 51.  Vessels should keep a close watch on weather forecasts as strong SE’ly winds can cause vessels to drag into adjacent mooring areas.  Shelter from SE’ly winds can be gained from anchoring off Cable Beach.  Vessels should remain well to the north of the mooring area at Gantheaume as dangerous reefs exist during certain states of tide in this area and skippers should make adequate allowance for the range of tide during their stay.
 

Berth Bookings / Fueling Requirements

If a visiting yacht wishes to come alongside the wharf for the purposes of refuelling please contact KPA Operations operations@kimberleyports.wa.gov.au tel + 61 08 9194 3100

The transfer of fuel at the Wharf is prohibited, without the lodgement of the Bunker Permit application which is located on the Permit to Work System page
 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements 

When entering the maritime security zone you must wear the following minimum PPE:

  • Hard hat
  • High visibility clothing
  • Safety footwear (ie steel cap boots)*
  • Full length clothing (long shirt and long pants)*
  • Safety glasses*

* These PPE requirements will be mandatory from 1st July 2015.

The only exceptions to wearing the minimum PPE requirements above are those persons transiting directly between a vehicle and vessel or from a vehicle to a designated PPE free zone, for example the Wharf lunch room.
 

Port Security Requirements

Port of Broome is a Security Regulated Port and is required to comply with the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act (2003) and Regulations (2005) and the Customs Act (1901).  Under the Act and regulations, a port has defined landside and waterside restricted zones for the implementation at different security levels. Access is restricted to a verifiable operational need of entry only, for further information please refer to Safety and Security page.
 

Useful numbers

 
Emergency Ambulance / Fire / Police – 000 (or Mob 112)
Broome Police Station 9194 0200
Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue 9192 8202
Hospital 9194 2222
DFES 9158 3200
KPA On call officer 0417 173 679

 
More detailed information regarding port procedures and information can be found in the Kimberley Ports Authority Port and Terminal Handbook.

A copy of the Broome regional boat guide can be downloaded from here.
 

Department of Agriculture – Broome

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture manages biosecurity controls at the nation’s borders to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country.

The primary function of the Department of Agriculture’s Travellers and Vessels Program is to ensure that all vessels arriving in Australia from overseas comply with the International Health Regulations and to ensure that all biosecurity risks posed by a vessel are adequately managed. Vessels headed for Broome need to contact the Department of Agriculture at maritimencc@agriculture.gov.au to obtain Quarantine Pre-Arrival Reporting smart form which has to then be submitted 12-96 hours before arrival.

Department of Agriculture information, forms and regulations relating to vessels can be found at:

Department of Agriculture: 1800 900 090

Department of Agriculture Broome office:

Tel:  (08) 9194 1200
Fax:  (08) 9193 5236
Email: broome.seaport@agriculture.gov.au
Website: www.agriculture.gov.au
 

Australian Border Force

Australian Border Force (ABF) inspect and clear vessels and crew arriving from and bound for overseas ports.  ABF also inspect and clear foreign registered vessels arriving from overseas and bound for Australian ports. Vessels must notify ABF of their intentions at least 96 hours prior to arrival and departure at port.  Details of all crew, passengers and cargo on board the vessel must also be reported within this time frame.

Customs House Broome

Tel:  (08) 9193 6999
Mob:  0419 497 015 (24 hours on-call)
Fax:  (08) 9193 6960
Email:  broome@customs.gov.au