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On the water

With many spectators taking to the harbour to enjoy Sydney New Year’s Eve, a number of boating restrictions will be in place. Some recommended vantage points are also below.

Exclusion zone

An exclusion zone from Cockatoo Island to Clarke Island will be in place between 8pm to 12.45am. No unauthorised traffic will be allowed inside the zone. It will be marked by yellow-lit buoys.

A 6 knot minimum wash speed limit applies between 3pm and 2am.

Safety messages will be broadcast on marine radio band 27.88 and VHF channels 17 and 13.

Two escorted groups travel from Kirribilli to the western harbour at 9.30pm and 10pm sharp. To travel with an escorted group, contact the nearest control vessel and head to the marshalling area off Kirribilli.

If you need to move your vessel due to an emergency, call 000 (triple zero).

Visit Roads and Maritime Services for more boating information.

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Wharf and foreshore access

  • Around many wharves, roads are closed, no glass is permitted and alcohol-free zones apply. Visit Roads and Maritime Services for details.
  • No foreshore access into Bradleys Head National Park or Pirrama Park.
  • Eastern Pontoon and Man O’War Jetty close at 11am.
  • Commissioners and Harbourmasters Steps close at 5pm.

Points to remember

  • Move into position well before sunset as popular spots fill up quickly.
  • No anchoring in shipping channels before midday New Year’s Eve, or after 6am New Year’s Day.

Recommended vantage points

  • North-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Clarkes Point, Greenwich Ferry Jetty, Manns Point, Balls Head, Berrys Bay, Lavender Bay.
  • South-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Mort Bay, Ballast Point, Snails Bay.
  • North-east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Neutral Bay, Shell Cove, Mosman Bay, Athol Bay.
  • South-east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Farm Cove, Woolloomooloo, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay. Only vessels less than 15 metres in length may use Farm Cove.

Visit Roads and Maritime Services for more boating information.