GLOSS Station Handbook

Station information sheet

GLOSS number62
Station name


Time zone142.5E, GMT + 9.5hrs
Latitude (+ve N)-12.46666
Longitude (+ve E)130.85
Observation period(s)1958 - Float/stilling well; 1990- Acoustic
Responsible countryAustralia
Authority responsible
for tide gauge
Darwin Port Authority, GPO Box 390, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia also: National Tidal Centre, Australia (see GLOSS Contact Points).
GLOSS contactAustralia
Committed to GLOSSYes
Digital dataYes
Additional parametersbarometric pressure, water and air temperature, wind speed and direction
Data acquisition rateRecording at 6 minute intervals - average of 30 second samples
Fast delivery data at UHSLCDownload h168.dat from UHSLC   Format documentation for UHSLC data
High frequency data at BODCDownload from BODC   View Darwin site history   View BODC document #62620   View BODC document #64923  
High frequency data at UHSLCDownload from UHSLC   Download documentation qa168a.dmt from UHSLC   Format documentation for UHSLC data
Real-time data availableYes
Additional parameters (real-time)barometric pressure, water and air temperature, wind speed and direction
Tide gauge benchmarksBM 70/8 bronze plaque at ground level behind kerb at corner of Kitchener Drive and the boom shed road.
Benchmark relationshipsTide Gauge Zero (TGZ) = Admiralty Chart Datum (ACD) TGZ = 3.975m below Australian Height Datum (AHD) TGZ = 10.335m below BM 70/8
Auxiliary benchmarksBM 100: 10x30mm brass block with identification tag set in concrete retaining wall at the abutment of Stokes Hill Wharf. BM 3046: top of south east corner holding down bolt on base plate of power pole at the abutment of Fort Hill Wharf. BM 3047: bolt near the tide gauge hut, Fort Hill Wharf. NTS302 NM/G/21 = Pillar = Coastal Array Primary BM BM491 Datum for AHD Heights = 28.542m AHD and 32.517m = above Chart Datum BM 4566 = SEAFRAME Sensor BM =3D 6.374m AHD and 10.349m above Chart Datum BM 4565 = 27.298m AHD and 31.273m above Chart Datum BM 4564 = 27.228m AHD and 31.203m above Chart Datum BM 4479 = 6.368m AHD and 10.343m above Chart Datum BM 4480 = 6.343m AHD and 10.318m above Chart Datum BM 4478 = 6.309m AHD and 10.284m above Chart Datum BM 4481 = 5.491m AHD and 9.466m above Chart Datum BM 4482 = 5.801m AHD and 9.776m above Chart Datum
Data at PSMSL 
Annual MSL (RLR) dataDownload annual MSL (RLR) data for Darwin
Annual MSL (RLR) plotView annual MSL (RLR) plot for Darwin
MSL methodHourly means
PSMSL code935
Other relevant codesNTF port no. 63230, USHLC 168
Additional information 
Other relevant informationFloat/stilling well gauge at Fort Hill Wharf (1954-1959). Float/stilling well gauge at Stokes Hill Wharf (1957-1986). Float/stilling well gauge at New Fort Hill Wharf (1981 onward). Geocentric measurement: Precise ephemeris, single point doppler fix U605 Emery Point 1974, approx. 4km from gauge.
Nearest Met. stationDarwin Airport
Last updated2002-10-16