Using waterways

Everything you need to know about using NSW waterways. Find aquatic events, boat ramps, bridge opening times, maps, web cameras, restrictions and closures, and weather and tide information.

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Find a boat ramp

Search our interactive map online to find the location of all boat ramps across NSW.

View webcams

Live webcam vision of coastal bars and alpine waters across NSW to help prepare for a safe trip.

Boating maps

Boating maps are a vital tool for negotiating NSW waterways. They include handy hints for safe boating.

Conditions, weather and tides

Before you go boating, check information available on weather forecast and sea conditions. The following resources will help.

Boating on Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is a beautiful and busy boating destination. Knowing the rules and facilities will help you stay safe and make the most of the harbour.

Waterways and designated areas

Rules and advice for safe boating in different NSW waterways and conditions. Includes open and enclosed waters, restricted zones and mooring.

Navigation and communication

Boating maps and plans, plus info about restrictions, closures, bridge openings and radio services to help you navigate NSW waterways.

Restrictions and closures

Learn about where and when to avoid specific areas on NSW waterways due to restrictions, safety hazards and events.

Protecting the environment

Protecting our waterways is a shared responsibility. Understand the rules and your responsibilities.

Aquatic event licences

Check upcoming aquatic events, tips for attending, and how to apply for an aquatic event licence.

Safety and rules on NSW waterways

Understand the key rules to keep you and others safe.


Apply for private and commercial moorings and read about the correct mooring type, licence and fees for your vessel.

Smart Sign Trial at Bellambi

A trial is currently underway at the Bellambi Boat Ramp of a new Maritime Smart Sign. The trial is being conducted by Transport for NSW Maritime branch and will hopefully provide a new direction in safety messaging for the boating public.

Centre for Maritime Safety

The Centre for Maritime Safety is responsible for evidence-based strategy, policy, and awareness campaigns for the NSW Government’s maritime program. 
Find out more about the Centre for Maritime Safety, their maritime partners and the Safe System Approach to improving safety on NSW waterways.

Contact Transport for NSW

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Phone:13 12 36
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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