NSW Ocean Wave Data Collection Program

The wave data presented online by MHL has been collected under the NSW Coastal Data Network Program managed by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). For more information on coasts, estuaries and floods visit: environment.nsw.gov.au.

MHL collects offshore wave data at seven continuously recording sites off the NSW coast. The ocean wave monitoring sites are based on the Waverider buoy system developed by the Dutch company, Datawell. Waverider buoys are located off Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Crowdy Head, Sydney, Port Kembla, Batemans Bay and Eden. To provide deepwater wave data, the buoys are typically moored in water depths between 70 and 100 metres, between 6 and 12 kilometres from the shoreline.



Coffs Harbour, Port Kembla and Batemans Bay Waverider Buoys
A new Waverider buoy has been deployed at Coffs Harbour. A problem with the telemetry system between the receiving station and the wave database server is currently being investigated. Wave data is currently being recorded by the buoy and at the receiving station. The cause of poor data quality from the Port Kembla Waverider buoy is yet to be determined but may be due to radio interference, buoy submergence or a faulty buoy. The buoy will be replaced as soon as possible. The Batemans Bay Waverider receiving station PC is to be replaced due to a fault with the data telemetry system. Wave data is still being logged at the receiving station but is not being transferred to the wave database server.
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IMPORTANT: This information has been recovered directly from automatic recording equipment and has not been quality controlled by MHL. It is recorded in NSW Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is GMT+10:00.
This data has been collected under the NSW Coastal Data Network Program managed by Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

NSW Offshore Wave Data Stations