Vessel Restrictions in Farm Cove for Opera

7 March 2012

Special event restrictions will be in place on Sydney Harbour until 25 April for the staging of the open-air Handa Opera.

Roads and Maritime Services has declared special aquatic event status to help with the smooth running and safe operation of this unique performance set to take place on the waters of Farm Cove.

Maritime Division Director Tony Middleton said skippers of recreational and commercial vessels would be required to observe special event restrictions in place on the Harbour for the running of all performances.

“To give the performers and patrons a fair go, all skippers are asked to keep well clear and to maintain requirements for safe and responsible boating,” Mr Middleton said.

“Skippers must ensure the wash produced by their vessels is not a danger or annoyance, and noise must be kept within appropriate levels.”

Mr Middleton said the special-event restrictions in the Cove would not hinder scheduled ferry services or normal Harbour water traffic.

“Charter vessels will continue to be able to access Man o’ War Wharf, albeit through a controlled access corridor on the western parts of the Cove,” he said.

“No commercial or recreational vessels will be allowed to stop or anchor in Farm Cove during the performances.”

Maritime has granted exclusive use of the event area on the eastern waters of the Cove which will be marked by lit buoys.

Restrictions will be in place through three stages as follows:

  • Construction  period 27 February to 21 March
  • Performance period 22 March to 19 April
    • between 6.30pm and 10.30pm on the day of the performances
  • De-construction period 20-25 April 

A diagram of the restricted zones for the event is available at

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