Navigation Restriction - Byron Bay Coastal Waters

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Byron Bay Coastal Waters
8:00am to 12:00pm (midday) Sunday 6 May 2018


Vessel operators are advised that a Special Event pursuant to Section 12(2) of the Marine Safety Act 1998 is to be held on the Coastal Waters of Byron Bay NSW, between 8:00am and 12:00pm (midday) on Sunday 6 May 2018.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, Roads and Maritime has granted an Exclusive Use Aquatic Licence to the Byron Bay Winter Whales Incorperated to conduct the event, and an Exclusion Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established on the navigable waters of Byron Bay.

The Zone will be cleary identified by the presence of large numbers of Surf Lifesaving personnel including high numbers paddle craft and power driven support vessels will transit North/North Westerly along the event course, finishing at Main Beach, Byron Bay. The  boundaries will be monitored by control vessels between the above dates and times.


Roads and Maritime advise that in relation to the Zone:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the Zone must comply with any directions given by any Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the Zone and to do so may be an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.12(5) - Maximum Penalty $1,100.00)

Access to the coastal waters of Byron Bay are not restricted during this event. Vessels and users navigating this area must do so at a speed not exceeding 4 knots, must produce no wash, and must comply with any direction given pursuant to (a) above.


Roads and Maritime Boating Map –1 and AUS Chart- 813

For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact the Boating Safety Officer Darren Watson, Roads & Maritime Services phone: 0418 660 769.


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