Marine notices

Roads and Maritime Services issues safety advice to vessel operators in Marine Notices. Check the Marine Notices before you go boating to see if there are any hazards or special events in the area.

What is a Marine Notice?

Marine Notices are issued both to provide safety advice to vessel operators and in accordance with certain statutory requirements. They are published in the NSW Government Gazette, placed on the Roads and Maritime Services website, distributed to relevant maritime related organisations such as the Marine Rescue and published (where appropriate) in local and/or statewide print media.

There are two main types of Marine Notices:

  • Navigation Warnings
  • Aquatic Licence or Special Event ‘exclusive use’ conditions.

Navigation warnings

Navigation Warnings are published from time to time to advise of hazardous conditions on waterways.

For example, if a vessel sinks in shallow water and becomes an obstruction, or if a coastal bar shifts and changes shape, we may publish a Navigation Warning to let people know about the potential hazard.

These warnings have no legal status. Roads and Maritime issues them in an advisory capacity as the safety regulator for waterways and boating.

As well as providing a service in the interests of 'good government', Navigation Warnings also form part of Roads and Maritime’s risk management approach to safe navigation.

Roads and Maritime makes every effort to warn vessel operators if physical circumstances change which may present a danger that was previously unknown, and which vessel operators may not be aware of.

Aquatic Licences and Special Events

Special Event Marine Notices are authorised by Statute, and allow a particular body to have ‘exclusive use’ of waters for the purposes of conducting an activity under an aquatic licence or any other event that may affect the safety of navigation in any particular waters.

A notice must be published when a Special Event is declared (Section 12 of the Marine Safety Act 1998).

These notices advise the public that certain areas of water are closed to recreational navigation. Notices generally describe the parameters of the area which is set aside for exclusive use, the time and date, and the means by which the area is to be marked off.

Notices are required under the Act so that the public is aware of exclusive use events, so that they don't accidentally move into the middle of a race, a dangerous set of construction works, or a fireworks barge for example.

Once a notice is published, it is an offence to breach it. You can be fined for failing to leave an area that has been set aside as an exclusive use/special event area.

NSW coastal waters

Coastal waters

North Coast Beaches (various)     

Wybung Head to Norah Head

No current notices

North

Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed River, Tweed Heads

No current notices

Terranora Creek, Tweed Heads

No current notices

Duranbah Beach Tweed Heads

No current notices

Tweed River

No current notices

Tweed River, Murwillumbah

No current notices.

Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff

No current notices

Mooball Creek, Pottsville

No current notices

Brunswick River

No current notices

Byron Bay

Richmond River

Ballina

No current notices

Evans Head

No current notices

Clarence River

Coffs Harbour

Kalang River

No current notices

Deep Creek, Valla

No current noticesf

Nambucca River

No current notices

Warrell Creek

Macleay River

South West Rocks Creek

No current notices

Leycester Creek

No current notices

Wilson River

Hastings River

Camden Haven

Laurieton

No current notices

Lake Cathie

No current notices

Manning River

Wallamba River, Gereeba Island

No current notices

Cape Hawke Harbour, Forster

No current notices

Pipers Creek, Forster

No current notices.

Wallis Lake, Forster/Tuncurry

Breckenridge Channel, Wallis Lake

No current notices

Macquarie River, Dubbo

No current notices

Myall River

No current notices

Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

No current notices

Port Stephens

No current notices

Williams River

No current notices

Lake Glenbawn

No current notices

Hunter River

Newcastle Harbour

No current notices

Throsby Basin, Newcastle Harbour

No current notices.

Blacksmiths Beach

No current notices

Lake Macquarie

Forbes Ski Lake, Forbes

No current notices

Forbes Aquatic Area, Lachlan River

No current notices

Lake Canobolas, Orange

No current notices.

Lake Lyell

Wyangala Dam, Lachlan River

No current notices

Maria River

No current notices

Sydney

Budgewoi Lake

Tuggerah Lake, Canton Beach

No current notices.

Tuggerah Lake, The Entrance

No current notices

Terrigal

No current notices

Brisbane Water

No current notices

Hawkesbury River

Narrabeen Lagoon

No current notices

Pittwater, Barrenjoey Beach

No current notices

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour / Middle Harbour and North Harbour

Sydney Harbour / Parramatta River

Nepean River, Penrith

Kogarah Bay Sans Souci

Botany Bay

Botany Bay/Georges River

Bate Bay, Cronulla

No current notices

Yowie Bay, Port Hacking

No current notices

Burraneer Bay, Port Hacking

No current notices

South

 Wollongong

No current notices

Port Kembla

Lake Illawarra

No current notices

Shellharbour

Lake Talbot

No current notices

Lake Centenary, Temora

No current notices

Lake Wyangan, Griffith

Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga

No current notices

Murray and Darling Rivers, Wentworth and Mildura

No current notices

Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga

No current notices

Edward River, Deniliquin

No current notices

Batemans Bay

Lake Mulwala

Lake Jindabyne

No current notices

Jervis Bay - Shark Net Beach

No current notices

Huskisson

No current notices

Jervis Bay - Callala Beach

No current notices

Shoalhaven River, Nowra

Sussex Inlet / St Georges Basin

No current notices

Lake Conjola

No current notices

Ulladulla Harbour

Narooma

Eden

Murray River

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