Swansea Bridge openings

Opening times, booking details and rules for boats travelling through the Swansea Bridge in NSW Lake Macquarie region.

Book a bridge opening

Plan ahead if your vessel needs to pass through Swansea Bridge in the NSW Lake Macquarie region.

To book call (02) 4971 3498.

Book at least 1 hour earlier for these times:

6am 7am 9am 10am
11am 12pm 1pm 2pm
3pm 5pm 6pm 7pm

Book at least 6 hours earlier for:

8pm 9pm 10pm 11pm
12am 1am 2am 3am
4am 5am    

NOTE: The bridge will not be opened during peak road traffic times on weekdays at 8am and 4pm.

The bridge will open to vessels automatically at these times (no booking required):

6am 7am 8am 4pm
5pm 6pm 7pm  


Advance bookings are required for the following times on weekends and public holidays by calling (02) 4971 3498:

Book at least 1 hour earlier:

9am 10am 11am 12pm
1pm 2pm 3pm  

Book at least 6 hours earlier:

8pm 9pm 10pm 11pm
12am 1am 2am 3am
4am 5am    


All boat operators passing through the bridge must:

  • observe navigation rules when approaching the bridge
  • keep a safe distance from the opening bridge and wait for a green light before proceeding.
  • give priority to vessels travelling with the direction of the tidal flow - but be alert to exceptions. If there are exceptions, the bridge operator will announce it on the PA (public address) system and display a variable message sign. “Make ready” indicates when vessels have priority. 'Keep clear' indicates vessels are to wait.

When a flotilla of vessels is moving through, the bridge may close after 10 minutes to clear road traffic, before reopening again.

NSW Water Police will be notified of any serious breaches to these rules.

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