Sydney’s summer aquatic events

As hundreds of thousands of spectators converge on Sydney Harbour each year for the major summer aquatic events, Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for managing on-water spectator traffic and boating safety compliance during these events.

Daniel Forster/Rolex
Daniel Forster/Rolex

Special on water conditions apply for major aquatic events – including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day - to allow them to be conducted safely and successfully.

Each year we enforce special boating rules during these events to help ensure the safety of spectators and contestants. These measures include: a maximum six knot speed limit; minimum wash areas; and exclusion zones.

We encourage boaters to get out on the water and experience the wide variety of events that Sydney Harbour hosts over summer.

Maps

View these links for navigation restrictions for the following major events:

All skippers planning at attend these events from the water need to observe safety guidelines, and act with care and courtesy to make these aquatic events safer and more fun for everyone.

Exclusion zones provide competitors a clear path when on Sydney Harbour during major events.
Exclusion zones provide competitors a clear path when on Sydney Harbour during major events.
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