Boats will be permitted on Sydney Harbour to watch the midnight fireworks display.
Owners and operators should be aware of the
- COVID-19 restrictions
- exclusion zones
- speed limits
- minimum wash requirements and
- anchoring restrictions.
All skippers need to observe these special traffic management measures as well as general boating safety guidelines, so everyone can enjoy their time afloat.
NSW Health advice for recreational boating
- We recommend that you only have people from your own household on board.
- If you do invite other households, we recommend that you limit it to one other household.
Under public health orders, the ‘occupier of premises’ includes the operator of a vehicle or vessel.
For boat owners, this means the number of people you can have on your boat is restricted as follows.
For the northern area of the Northern Beaches
- You can go out on a boat for recreation purposes, but no more than 5 people from the northern area are permitted on the boat.
- You must stay in the northern area.
- Northern area residents can participate in outdoor recreation, including boating, in Pittwater.
View a map of the northern area.
For the remainder (southern area) of the Northern Beaches
- You can go out on a boat for recreation purposes, but no more than 10 people from the southern area are permitted on the boat.
- You must stay in the southern area.
View a map of the southern area.
People who live outside the Northern Beaches cannot enter Pittwater by boat unless they have an essential reason.
Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong
- On your vessel you can have the greater of
- You are not permitted to enter the Northern Beaches area.
View a list of suburbs included in Greater Sydney area.
Other areas of NSW
On your vessel, you can have 25 people or one person per 2 square metres, whichever is the greater.
|3pm to 2am||6 Knots – Minimum Wash|
|11pm to 12:45am||Exclusion zone active|
|12am||Midnight fireworks (barge and bridge firings)|
- No anchoring with any part of vessel across the exclusion zone boundary or within 200m of submarine cables or pipelines.
- Anchor early and well before sunset.
- Don’t arrive late and try to push in near the exclusion zone boundary buoys.
- After sunset, display the appropriate navigation lights.
Commercial charter vessels
Commercial charter vessels can apply for approval to enter the Managed Access Areas.
Only approved vessels will be granted access into the Managed Access Area as defined by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Transport for NSW Maritime.
Commercial Charter Vessels can apply through the form.