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 will be in place between Balls Head and Bradleys Head. An additional exclusion zone will also be in place east of Cockatoo Island. These have changed from 2022. No unauthorised traffic will be allowed inside these zones marked by yellow-lit buoys from 8pm.

A 6 knot minimum wash speed limit applies from 3pm on New Year’s Eve until 2am on New Year’s Day. 

Safety messages will be broadcast on marine VHF channels 17 and 13. In an emergency, call 000 (triple zero). 

Wharf and foreshore access

  • Around many wharves,  roads are closed , no glass is permitted and  alcohol-free zones  apply.

  • Vessels will be able to access Taronga Zoo wharf to pick up and drop passengers. They must keep out of the way of ferries and obey authorised officers and security. 

  • No foreshore access between Taronga Zoo ferry wharf and Taylors Bay around Bradleys Head National Park. 

  • No foreshore access to Pirrama Park at Pyrmont. Vessels can still use Elizabeth MacArthur public pontoon. 

  • Jeffrey St Kirribilli and Beulah St Kirribilli wharfs will close at 8pm on 30 December. 

  • Man O War wharf will close from midnight 30 December until 1:30am 1 January. There will be no access for private or commercial vessels during this time. 

  • Eastern Pontoon closes at 11:00am 31 December

  • Campbells Cove, Harbour Master’s Steps and Commissioners Steps wharfs close at 4:00pm 31 December. 

  • Milsons Point (Luna Park) closes at 3:00pm 31 December

  • Ives Steps Dawes Point closes at 2:00pm 31 December

  • McMahons Point closes at 10:00am 31 December

  • Towns Place Walsh Bay and Walsh Bay 2 wharfs will be closed

  • Woolwich Valencia Street ferry wharf closes at 11:30am 31 December

  • All wharves remain closed until 1:00am on 1 January, except Man O War

Points to remember

  • Move into position well before sunset as popular spots fill up quickly. 

  • Vessels over 15m are not permitted in Farm Cove. 

Recommended vantage points

  • North-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge  
    Clarkes 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  
    Kurraba Point, Cremorne Point, Neutral Bay,Mosman Bay, Athol Bay. 

  • South-east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge  
    Farm Cove, Woolloomooloo Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay. 

Visit the NSW Government website for  more boating information .