Marine notices

Transport for NSW 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 Transport for NSW 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. Transport for NSW 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 Transport for NSW risk management approach to safe navigation.

Transport for NSW 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.

Notices by region and location

Notices are listed by their location, from the north of the NSW to the south. Click a column heading to sort the table by that column, or type in the search box to find a specific location or notice number. Click the name of the notice to read detailed information.

Alpine watersAlpine watersNo current notices  
Coastal watersTweed Coastal Waters, near Cook IslandNavigation Restriction - Tweed Coastal Waters, near Cook Island - Updated location of wave measuring buoys10 November 2020NH2078
Coastal watersTweed Coastal Waters, near Cook IslandNavigation Restriction - Tweed Coastal Waters, near Cook Island - Wave measuring buoys8 May 2019 ongoingNH1968
Coastal watersTweed Heads to MerimbulaNavigation Warning - Coastal Waters – Tweed Heads to Merimbula - Listening station buoys4 October 2016 until further noticeNH16114
Coastal watersNewcastle to Wollongong - Tasman SeaNavigation Warning - Tasman Sea - Lost shipping containers and debris12 June 2020 until further noticeSY2028
Coastal watersPort MacquarieNavigation Restriction - Back Channel, Hastings River, Port Macquarie - Wharf construction Koolonbung Creek entranceSeptember 2019 to April 2021NH1999
Coastal watersPort MacquarieNavigation Warning - Coastal Waters – Port Macquarie - Fisheries Aggregating Device (FAD) out of position19 June 2020 until further noticeNH2045
Coastal watersLord Howe IslandNavigation Warning - entrance to the North Passage, Lord Howe Island Lagoon26 March 2019 - ongoingNH1944
Coastal watersLord Howe IslandNavigation Advice - Entrance to Escott Passage, Lord Howe Island - Installation of leadsFrom 12 April 2019 until further noticeNH1945
Coastal watersSydney to BundeenaNavigation Warning - Sydney to Bundeena Coastal Waters, Tasman Sea - surface and sub-surface moorings12 August 2020 until further noticeSY2033
Coatal watersSydney to BundeenaNavigation Restriction - Tasman Sea North Broulee Beach, Bengello Beach and Merimbula Beach - Installation of research apparatus16 November 2020 until November 2021SO2045
NorthTerranora Creek, Tweed HeadsNavigation Restriction - Terranora Creek, Tweed Heads - Boyds Bay Bridge maintenance and revetment works15 June to 31 December 2020NH2072
NorthTerranora Creek, Tweed HeadsNavigation Restriction - Boyds Bay Bridge, Terranora Creek, Tweed Heads - Maintenance works15 June to 31 December 2020NH2044
NorthTweed River, MurwillumbahNavigation Restriction - Murwillumbah, Tweed River - Maintenance - Murwillumbah Bridge26 and 27 November 2020NH2080
NorthTweed River, MurwillumbahNavigation Restriction - Tweed River, Murwillumbah - Rowing regatta races6 & 7 March 2021,
11 April 2021
NorthCudgen Creek, KingscliffNavigation Restriction - Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff - Swimming leg of triathlon29 November 2020NH2041
NorthRichmond RiverNavigation Restriction - Richmond River, North Creek, Ballina - Maintenance - Missingham Bridge24 and 25 November 2020NH2079
NorthRichmond RiverNavigation Warning - Richmond River, Ballina - Replacement of lead lights at Coastal Bar1 July 2020 until further noticeNH2047
NorthBallinaNavigation Restriction - Shaws Bay, Ballina - Dredging works16 October to 27 November 2020NH2071
NorthLismoreNavigation Restriction - Leycester Creek, Lismore - Maintenance to Colemans Bridge22 June 2020 to 25 December 2020NH19139
NorthYamba, Clarence RiverNavigation Restriction - Clarence River, Whiting Beach, Yamba - Swim event5 & 6 December 2020NH2075
NorthYamba, Clarence RiverNavigation Warning Hickey Island Lead, Clarence River, Yamba - Altered seabed conditions reducing charted depths7 September 2020 until further noticeNH2062
NorthMain Beach, Yamba (or Whiting Beach, Clarence River, Yamba)Navigation Restriction - Main Beach, Yamba (or Whiting Beach, Clarence River, Yamba)3 January 2021NH2100
NorthGrafton, Clarence RiverNavigation Restriction - Clarence River, Grafton - Rowing regatta5 & 6 December 2020NH2074
NorthCoffs HarbourNavigation Restriction - Offshore Waters, Tasman Sea Adjacent To Muttonbird Island7 February 2013 - OngoingNH1318
NorthMacleay RiverNavigation Warning - Sector light fault at bar crossing entrance11 March - ongoingNH1934
NorthMacleay RiverNavigation Warning - Macleay River Bar Crossing, South West Rocks24 November 2015 - until further noticeNH15130
NorthSouth West Rocks, Trial BayNavigation Warning - Macleay River, South West Rocks - Replacement of lead lights to sector lead lights at Macleay River Bar crossing and Rainbow ReachFrom 11 April 2019 until further noticeNH18119
NorthLake KeepitNavigation Warning - Lake Keepit, Tamworth - Low water levels19 December 2018 until further noticeNH1906
NorthManning RiverNavigation Restriction - Manning River, Taree - Martin Bridge maintenance works17 June 2020 to 30 November 2021NH2039
NorthManning RiverNavigation Restriction - Manning River - Old Bar - removal of navigation markersNovember 2010 - OngoingNH1064
NorthCape Hawke Harbour, ForsterNavigation Warning - Replacement of lead lights to sector lead lights at Cape Hawke Harbour entrance3 July 2020 until further noticeNH2048
NorthWallis Lake, Forster/TuncurryNavigation Restriction - Tuncurry Channel - Wallis Lake & Cape Hawke Harbour - Tuncurry Channel extended area - 4 knot speed limit and no wash areaMarch 2016 OngoingNH1643
NorthBarrington River, GloucesterNavigation Warning - Barrington River, Gloucester - Hazard warning - tree blocking river16 April 2018 until further noticeNH1831
NorthHunter RiverNavigation Restriction - Hunter River, Morpeth - Triathlon swim leg8 November 2020NH2077
NorthHunter RiverNavigation Restriction - Hunter River, Raymond Terrace - Power boat races13 February 2021,
14 February 2021,
14 March 2021,
16 May 2021,
24 July 2021,
25 July 2021,
29 August 2021
NorthHunter RiverNavigation Restriction - Hunter River, Berry Park, near Duckenfield - Rowing regattas24 and 25 October 2020,
7 November 2020,
20 &21 February 2021
NorthHunter RiverNavigation Restriction - North Channel Hunter River, Stockton - Stockton Bridge maintenance - Barge operations1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021NH2021
NorthHunter RiverNavigation Restriction - Hunter River, Morpeth - Morpeth Bridge maintenance works30 March to 31 December 2020NH2030
NorthBlacksmiths BeachNavigation Advice - Hunter Coastal - Offshore Blacksmiths Beach - Artificial Reef InstallationInstalled August 2019NH1997
NorthLake MacquarieNavigation Restriction - Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie, Boolaroo - Rehabilitation works to Cockle Creek railway bridge20 January 2020 to 31 January 2022NH19137
NorthWyangala Dam, Lachlan RiverNavigation Restriction - Lachlan River, Wyangala Dam - Waterski races14 & 15 November,
5 & 6 December
SydneyBudgewoi LakeNavigation Restriction - Budgewoi Lake, Budgewoi - NWSRA Region V Ski Racing Events12 & 13 December 2020
16 & 17 January 2021,
30 & 31 January 2021,
13 & 14 March 2021,
22 & 23 May 2021
SydneyTuggerah Lake, The EntranceNavigation Restriction - The Entrance, Tuggerah Lake - Dredging operations11 September to 20 November 2020SY2036
SydneyTuggerah Lake, The EntranceNavigation Restriction - Tuggerah Lakes/ Entrance Channel - Navigation Hazards, signage and aids to navigation14 February 2020 - OngoingSY2009
SydneyBrisbane WaterNavigation Restriction - Gosford Broadwater, Brisbane Water - Inflatable activity park9 November 2020 to 5 March 2021SY2041
SydneyBrisbane WaterNavigation Warning and Advice - Little Box Head to Lobster Beach, Brisbane Water -shallow water in marked channelUntil further noticeSY1816
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River, (Windsor Reach) - Morrison 50 - Paddle event31 October 2020SY2040
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River, (Windsor Reach) - Wakeboard tournament events24 October 2020,
21 November 2020,
5 December 2020,
6 February 2021,
13 and 14 February 2021,
27 and 28 February 2021
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River (Windsor Beach) - Power Boat Circuit Races20 September,
11 October,
18 October,
8 November 2020 & 7 February,
7 March,
11 April,
2 May,
11 July,
8 August 2021
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Windsor Reach, Hawkesbury River - Old Windsor Bridge demolition works - Blocked channel1 September 2020 until further noticeSY2014
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Hawkesbury River - Navigation hazards29 April 2020 - OngoingSY2025
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Warning - Sackville Cable Ferry, Hawkesbury River - navigable depth across cable ferry wiresFriday 25 October - ongoingSY1939
SydneyHawkesbury RiverNavigation Restriction - Upper Half Moon Bend to Lower Half Moon Bend, Hawkesbury River - Cliftonville Ski Club - Water Ski Races 22 November 2020,
28 February 2021,
28 March 2021
SydneyPittwaterNavigation Restriction - Lovett Bay, Elvina Bay, McCarrs Creek, Scotland Island, Church Point, Pittwater - NBN submarine cable installationAugust to October 2020SY2015
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Restriction - Sydney City Marine, Rozelle, Port Jackson - Maintenance to large vessel13 to 20 November 2020SY2043
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Restriction - Glebe Island Bridge, Pyrmont - Submarine cable works20 to 30 October 2020SY2038
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Restriction - Blackwattle Bay, Glebe - Sydney fish markets demolition1 September 2020 to 30 April 2021SY2035
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Restriction - Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour - Dawes Point - Sydney Harbour Bridge maintenance works20 July 2020 to June 2022SY2029
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Restriction - Walsh Bay, Port Jackson - Maintenance works - Pier 2/3 and Pier 4/512 November 2019 to October 2021SY1943
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Warning - Berrys Bay and Balls Head, Port Jackson - Derelict structures and possible floating debris31 July 2018 - OngoingSY1829
SydneySydney HarbourNavigation Warning - Darling Harbour, Port Jackson - Extension of 4 knot speed restriction zone1 April 2017 OngoingSY1713
SydneySydney Harbour / Parramatta RiverNavigation Restriction - Parramatta River, Meadowbank - Footbridge Maintenance works9 to 12 November 2020SY2042
SydneySydney Harbour / Parramatta RiverNavigation Restriction - Parramatta River, Ryde - Ryde Road Bridge maintenance works14 September 2020 to 31 March 2021SY2034
SydneyNepean River, PenrithNavigation Restriction - Nepean River - Navigation Hazards29 April 2020 - OngoingSY2026
SydneyBotany BayNavigation Restriction - Botany Bay - Airport Height Restrictions PERMANENTSY1412
SydneyBotany Bay/Georges RiverNavigation Warning - Floyd Bay, Georges River - Floyd Bay boat ramp closure1 May 2017 until further noticeSY1717
SouthSouth Coast between Wollongong and EdenInstallation of courtesy mooring network South CoastDecember 2019 - until further noticeSO1945
SouthLake VictoriaNavigation Warning - Lake Victoria, Western NSW - Closure of waterwayPERMANENTSO1850
SouthBatemans BayClyde River Batemans Bay - Additional opening of Princes Highway Bridge14 November 2020SO2047
SouthBatemans BayNavigation Restriction - Clyde River, Batemans Bay - Princes Highway Bridge change in maximum vertical clearance7 September 2020 until further noticeSO2039
SouthBatemans BayNavigation Restriction - Clyde River, Batemans Bay - Princes Highway bridge works20 September 2019 until further noticeSO1950
SouthBatemans BayNavigation Restriction - Clyde River and Batemans Bay, Batemans Bay - Delineation of open and enclosed waters limit17 September 2019 until further noticeSO1949
SouthBatemans BayWaterways speed limit change - Nelligen Channel, Clyde RiverPERMANENTSO1569
SouthLake MulwalaNavigation Restriction - Mulwala Waterski Club Lagoon, Lake Mulwala - Water ski shows and fireworks22 October 2020 to 1 April 2021SO2040
SouthBlowering Dam, TumutNavigation Restriction - Blowering Dam, Tumut - Jet powered vessel trials7 and 8 November 2020SO2041
SouthJervis Bay - HuskissonNavigation Restriction - Jervis Bay, Huskisson - Huskission triathlon festival 202031 October and 1 November 2020SO2042
SouthJervis Bay - HuskissonNavigation Restriction - Currambene Creek, Woollamia - Boat ramp maintenance9 November to 23 November 2020SO2043
SouthJervis Bay - Callala BeachNavigation Restriction - Callala Beach, Jervis Bay - Installation of marine farm boundary markers and related infrastructure21 June 2019 - until further noticeSO1934
SouthShoalhaven River, NowraNavigation Restriction - Shoalhaven River, Nowra - Nowra Bridge Project Works15 June 2020 until further noticeSO2036
SouthEdenNavigation Warning - Snug Cove, Twofold Bay, Eden - navigational mark repositionedPERMANENTSO0213
SouthMurray RiverNavigation Restriction - Murray River - Waters below Lock 9 - restricted border accessFrom 24 July 2020 until further noticeSO2037
SouthMurray RiverNavigation Restriction - Murray River, Wymah - Wymah Vehicular Ferry - channel blocked17 February 2020 until conditions abateSO2005
SouthWakool River, Wetuppa DistrictNavigation Restriction - Wakool River, Cunninyeuk - Gee Gee Bridge - demolition17 February 2020 until conditions abateSO2048
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