Marine notices and closures

Transport for NSW issues marine notices for vessel operators. These notices give safety advice about potential hazards and special events.

Check notices before you go boating

Transport for NSW issues marine notices with safety advice for vessel operators.

Check notices before you go boating to see if there are potential hazards or special events on the waterway.

The notice types we publish include navigation warnings, and aquatic event licence or special event ‘exclusive use’ conditions.

We publish notices on this website (see below) and in the NSW Government Gazette. We also distribute them to organisations such as Marine Rescue and print media.

Penalties for breaching notices

Notices are required under the Marine Safety Act 1998.

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

Navigation warnings

Navigation warnings alert people to hazardous conditions on NSW waterways.

For example, if a vessel sinks in shallow water and becomes an obstruction, or if a coastal bar shifts and changes shape.

We make every effort to warn vessel operators of dangerous changed circumstances, or potential hazards.

Transport for NSW issues warnings in an advisory capacity as the safety regulator for waterways and boating. They also form part of our risk management approach to safe navigation. The warnings have no legal status.

Aquatic event licences and special events

A special event marine notice must be published when a special event is declared.

The notice advises the public of areas closed to recreational navigation.

They're issued when a body is given ‘exclusive use’ of waters. This may be to conduct an activity under an aquatic licence, or another event affecting navigation safety.

The notices may describe the parameters of the 'exclusive use' area, the time and date, and how the area is marked off.

The notices warn the public of events, so they don't, for example, accidentally move into the middle of a race, a dangerous set of construction works, or a fireworks barge.


Information on current closures of navigable waters in NSW:

Tumut Ponds

While not closed by Transport for NSW, other authorities advise that Tumut Ponds:

  • is closed by Snowy Hydro Limited due to low water levels
  • will be reopened when advised by Snowy Hydro Limited that water levels have increased to an appropriate level.

Notices by location

These notices are listed by location, from NSW north to south. You can sort the table by column, or use the search box to find a location or notice number.

Alpine watersAlpine watersNo current notices  
Coastal watersLittle Bay, Botany BayNavigation Restriction - Little Bay, Botany Bay Coastal Waters - Aquatic event3 and 4 March 2021SY2104
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 Advice - Middleton Reef, Lord Howe Island - Unexploded OrdnanceMonday 18 January 2021 ongoingNH2106
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
Coastal watersSydney to BundeenaNavigation Restriction - Tasman Sea North Broulee Beach, Bengello Beach and Merimbula Beach - Installation of research apparatus16 November 2020 until November 2021SO2045
NorthHastings RiverNavigation Restriction - Hastings River, Port Macquarie - Fireworks display17 April 2021NH2116
NorthNambucca River, MacksvilleNavigation Restriction - Nambucca River, Macksville - Maintenance to Old Macksville Bridge1 February to 4 June 2021NH2108
NorthWooli River, WooliNavigation Restriction - Wooli Boat Ramp, Wooli River, Wooli - Relacement boat ramp construction1 February to 15 March 2021NH2107
NorthWyangala DamNavigation Restriction - Wyangala Dam - Water ski races6 and 7 February and 13 and 14 March 2021NH2104
NorthTweed River, MurwillumbahNavigation Restriction - Tweed River, Murwillumbah - Rowing regatta races6 & 7 March 2021,
11 April 2021
NorthRichmond RiverNavigation Warning - Richmond River, Ballina - Replacement of lead lights at Coastal Bar1 July 2020 until further noticeNH2047
NorthYamba, Clarence RiverNavigation Warning Hickey Island Lead, Clarence River, Yamba - Altered seabed conditions reducing charted depths7 September 2020 until further noticeNH2062
NorthYamba, Clarence RiverNavigation Restriction - Clarence River near Hickey Island at Yamba - Floating activity park19 December 2020 to 31 January 2021 and the weekends 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 February, 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28 March, 2 to 18 April, and 24 & 25 April 2021NH2087
NorthCoffs HarbourNavigation Restriction - Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour - Beachside radiology Coffs Ocean swim28 March 2021NH2103
NorthCoffs HarbourNavigation Restriction - Offshore Waters, Tasman Sea Adjacent To Muttonbird Island7 February 2013 - OngoingNH1318
NorthBonville CreekNavigation Advice - Bonville Creek Rail Bridge, Bonville Creek - Bridge repairsDecember 2020 to March 2021NH2086
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 - Power boat races5 and 6 December 2020
7 March 2021
2,3 and 4 April 2021
15 and 16 May 2021
NorthManning RiverNavigation Restriction - Manning River - Old Bar - removal of navigation markersNovember 2010 - OngoingNH1064
NorthManning RiverNavigation Restriction - Manning River, Taree - Martin Bridge maintenance works17 June 2020 to 30 November 2021NH2039
NorthTaree, Manning RiverNavigation Restriction - Manning River, Taree - Vessel stability trials27 March 2021
28 March 2021
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 Advice - Barrington River, Gloucester - Trees blocking river in two locations15 February 2021 until further noticeNH2112
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 - North Channel Hunter River, Stockton - Stockton Bridge maintenance - Barge operations1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021NH2021
NorthBlacksmiths BeachNavigation Advice - Hunter Coastal - Offshore Blacksmiths Beach - Artificial Reef InstallationInstalled August 2019NH1997
NorthBlacksmiths BeachNavigation Restriction - Blacksmiths Beach, Blacksmiths - NSW Surf Life Saving state championships25 to 28 February 2021
5 to 7 March 2021
12 to 14 March 2021
19 to 21 March 2021
NorthLake MacquarieNavigation Restriction - Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie, Boolaroo - Rehabilitation works to Cockle Creek railway bridge20 January 2020 to 31 January 2022NH19137
NorthLake MacquarieNavigation Restriction - Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie, Boolaroo - Rehabilitation works to Cockle Creek railway bridge1 February 2021 to  31 December 2021NH2109
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 - 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 - Peats Ferry Bridge, Pacific Highway over the Hawkesbury River - Bridge maintenance works - Span 2 closure20 January to 1 April 2021SY2101
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
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, Ryde - Air Draft Reduction Brige Maintenance Works12 February 2021 to 31 May 2021SY2102
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
SydneyBotany Bay/Georges RiverNavigation Restriction - Georges River, Chipping Norton Lake - Personal Watercraft racing21 and 28 February 2021SY2103
SouthLake ConjolaNavigation Restriction - Lake Conjola - New boat ramp works and possible limitations to use of public boat rampDecember 2020 to late June 2021SO2046
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 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
SouthJervis Bay, HuskissonNavigation Restriction - Jervis Bay, Huskisson - Ultimate husky triathlon festival 202126, 27 and 28 February 2021SO2018
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 River, BarhamNavigation Restriction - Murray River, Barham - Barham - Koondrook Bridge maintenance15 February to late May 2021SO2111
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
SouthWollongong HarbourNavigation Restriction - Wollongong Harbour and Tasman Sea -Splash and Dash Swim 20216 March 2021SO2109
SouthLake IllawarraNavigation Restriction - Burroo Point, Lake Illawarra - Shellharbour City Festival of Sport Dragon Boat Challenge6 March 2021SO2110
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