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

  • In June 2019, ACIL Allen Consulting was engaged by Gascoyne Development Commission to undertake an Options Assessment and Economic Benefit Assessment of options to invest in new marine infrastructure at Exmouth. To assist in this task, ACIL Allen engaged marine engineering firm BMT Group to provide engineering advice and analysis. This included the development of initial concept drawings.
  • Overall, the study found that there are likely to be net benefits to Western Australia associated with the provision of the new marine infrastructure in order of between $128 million and $154.1 million over the life of the new infrastructure. In a Benefit Cost Assessment framework, the Benefit Cost Ration of the new infrastructure is estimated to be between 1.994 and 2.525 – suggesting the projects represent a sound use of scarce resources across the economy.
  • ACIL Allen estimates that nearly 700 full-time jobs will be created and sustained as a result of the infrastructure; with 70 of those created in the Gascoyne region.
  • 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.
  • Gascoyne Development Commission are currently seeking funding to progress the project to the next stage: undertaking environmental studies and developing engineering designs for the two options which were selected by the study as the preferred options.


Economic Benefits Assessment Of Exmouth Marine Infrastructure Project