Albany Artificial Surf Reef

The aim of the Artificial Surf Reef (ASR) Project is to develop a reef structure at Middleton Beach to harness the existing wave energy and swell to produce a consistent surfable wave.

The concept of an artificial surf reef in Albany has been around for at least 20 years and has been heavily driven by the community.

In March 2015, the City of Albany engaged specialist consultant engineers to investigate and prepare a report for the feasibility of an ASR at Middleton Beach. Royal Haskoning DHV (RHDHV) prepared the Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study which found that providing surfing amenity at Middleton Beach, through the construction of an ASR was feasible. The ASR is to be designed specifically for beginner to intermediate surfers; given the lack of suitable surfing waves close to town centre.

The main aim of the study was to consider:

The creation of a consistent, surfable wave, which maximises available swell conditions and is central to Albany, driving benefits in tourism, economic development and retention of Albany’s younger age demographic.

Community Survey

A community survey was undertaken in February 2015. A total of 732 feedback documents were received; the largest response for any City of Albany community survey ever undertaken, with Community Survey results revealing 90% support for the creation of an Artificial Surf Reef at Middleton Beach.

ASR Business Case Summary

In October 2016 a Business Case for the ASR was prepared by Keston Technologies with specialist input from RHDHV and Bond University Business School. The Business Case found that the ASR would:

  • Diversify and grow the regional economy
  • Provide a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 3.52 derived from; hosting surfing events, uplift in visitation and length of stay and complimenting adventure tourism. This basically means that for every $1 spent on the ASR it will return $3.52
  • Provide a significant tourism drawcard in Albany’s winter season
  • Provide an increase in the number of visitors and how long they stay
  • Deliver a recreational project that contributes to Albany’s liveability and reputation as one of WA’s key tourism destinations
Amazing South Coast Surf Reef (474KB) View File  OR   Download FileAmazing South Coast Surf Reef Middleton Beach
City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey (486KB) View File  OR   Download FileResults of Feasibility Study on Artificial Reef
Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary (693KB) View File  OR   Download FileExecutive Summary 13 July 2015
Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary (491KB) View File  OR   Download FileArtificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary

Emu Point Wind Data

The below graphs show live data from the Emu Point Anemometer. This is located on top of the navigation beacon at Emu Beach and measure wind speed, direction, and gusts.


Real Time Wind data


Daily Wind Data


Weekly Wind Data


The Ellen Cove Swimming Enclosure project has been funded by a $200,000.00 State Government grant along with Council setting aside $30,000.00 a year for maintenance over the enclosure's three year trial period.

The enclosure is an Aquarius Barrier and is exciting new shark exclusion technology designed to protect swimmers without affecting other marine life or the environment.

The Swimming Enclosure trial aligns with the aims of a new Tourism Australia campaign to highlight and enhance aquatic and coastal visitor experiences.

Ellen Cove swimming enclosure

Middleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet (942KB) View File  OR   Download FileMiddleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet