About Port of Broome

 Navigation Chart Location

Latitude: 17” 58’ South
Longitude: 122” 14’ East

Wharf capacity

The wharf is a steel piled structure with a concrete deck and spring fendering. The outer berth is 331 metres long with maximum displacement of 40,000 t. The two inner berths are:

  • 170 metres long with maximum displacement 9,000 t, and
  • 96 metres long with maximum displacement 1,500 t respectively.

At chart datum (Lowest Astronomical Tide) the deck or wharf height is 13.4m from the waterline and 12.2m to the top of the fender system.  There is adequate lighting for 24 hour operations.

The maximum size of vessels using the port is determined by the following factors:

  • least depth in entrance is 9.0m at chart datum,
  • minimum depth alongside the outer berth is 8.6m at chart datum on Berth 5, and
  • with depths 10.4 to 11 metres over the remainder of the Outer Berth.

The tidal range is about 9.4 m mean high water springs and 6.4 metres at mean high water neaps. The largest vessel to visit Broome to date is the “Rhapsody of the Seas” with GRT 78,495 tonnes and LOA 279m.

For further information on the Port of Broome wharf and berthing procedures please see the Port and Terminal Handbook.

Radio Communications

Port of Broome maintains a 24 hour, 7 day watch of VHF Channel 14 and 16.

Laydown area

There is a turnaround and parking area for trucks conducting business at Port of Broome. Terms and conditions apply.

Port of Broome Laydown area.


Public car parking facilities are located between Customs House and Port of Pearls House with limited public amenities. The Entrance Point boat ramp area includes parking for vehicles with boat trailers.

Public Walkway

The 640m long boardwalk can be accessed following the pathway past Port of Pearls

 house and crossing the roadway through the allocated gates. This facility is popular with recreational fishers and sightseers. Children must be closely supervised at all times on the public walkway.

The walkway may be closed from time to time for operational and maintenance purposes. Closure notices will be provided in the Latest News section of this website or with signage posted at the Security Gatehouse gates.


Permission must be sought prior to using the slipway or carrying out work in the area. Work permits are issued from the Engineering and Finance building located adjacent to the slipway, off Slipway Road.

Please see the Permit to Work System  information.

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