Exmouth Marine Infrastructure

About the Gascoyne Development Commission

Project name: Exmouth Marine Infrastructure

Project description: The delivery of safe and reliable marine infrastructure in Exmouth.

Project objectives:

  • Facilitate regional, state and national economic growth through the delivery of safe and reliable marine infrastructure
  • Where feasible, promote and cater for maritime industries, including offshore oil and gas support, general cargo, cruise shipping, superyacht, fishing and aquaculture, defence and other related service industries
  • Facilitate the berthing of the world’s largest cruise ships and adequately plan for the ongoing growth and development of this market
  • Improve Australia’s situational awareness and lower transport and logistic costs
  • Maintain sound and appropriate environmental management practices
  • Delivering economic growth and a more stable and viable community; making Exmouth a destination and residential location of choice.

Current phase: Pre-feasibility

Completion: Target – 2020

Exmouth is widely acknowledged by the cruise industry as a transformational cruise destination capped by its status as World Heritage Area. With its ‘bucket-list’ tourism experiences, strategic north-west cape location and proximity to South East Asia, the ability to bring Exmouth on-line as a guaranteed transit-port will be the evolution of Western Australia’s cruise sector and an economic imperative for the State.  However, Exmouth does not possess suitable and reliable marine infrastructure.

The current Exmouth Boat Harbour is designed to service recreational and commercial vessels up to 35 metres in length.  As such, cruise ships anchor offshore and ‘transship’ patrons using tender vessels, a lengthy and unreliable process. To redress this gap and provide integral job-creating infrastructure, the Commission has investigated a range of solutions and sites.


The Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project will provide essential infrastructure to enable Exmouth to take advantage of its geographical location and create a vibrant new business environment for Northern and Western Australia.

The Project has the ability to bring Exmouth on-line as a guaranteed transit-port and will provide the necessary infrastructure;

  • to secure the State’s cruise shipping industry
  • assist in long-term development from the resource sector
  • open up supply chain and export opportunities
  • contribute significantly to regional employment and economic development.

Project status

  • The GDC has engaged consultant ACIL Allen to assess the economic benefits of the Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project. These works will include a summary of the marine infrastructure options, a comprehensive review of the two most viable options and the development of a business case including a cost benefit analysis for the most viable solution.
  • To complete the projects governance structure and bring stakeholders across government together, an interagency Steering Group has been formed. The role of this Steering Group is to help define and realise key economic opportunities, identify risks, and contribute to the acceleration of the project.
  • Consultants, Acil Allen and Sub Consultants, BMT carried out initial stakeholder consultations in July/August and a Options Assessment Workshop with the Steering Group is scheduled for 10 September 2019.
  • A Business Case is expected to be finalised in Quarter 4 of 2019.

Economic Market Analysis was undertaken by ACIL Allen and completed in July 2017.  The report, commissioned by Tourism Western Australia, estimates that sufficient port infrastructure in Exmouth has the potential to generate up to $443 million towards WA’s economy and create a further 2983 jobs.