Port Authority of New South Wales manages the commercial shipping requirements of Sydney's ports. Other areas of waterway usage, including recreational boating, legislative compliance and safety are addressed by Roads and Maritime Services.
Sydney Harbour is a busy commercial port where maritime regulations must be adhered to at all times. Access is restricted in the commercial shipping areas of Gore Bay, Glebe Island/White Bay, East Darling Harbour and the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.
In conjunction with Roads and Maritime Services, we have developed Steer Clear - to help skippers understand their responsibilities to ensure safety afloat for all concerned. To read through some simple steps to stay safe near seagoing vessels, download the Steer Clear flyer.
(Kindly supplied by Roads and Maritime Services. For up-to-date information and further details contact Roads and Maritime Services)
All queries regarding recreational boating, such as navigation, non commercial, procedures, restricted access areas, wharves, bridge procedures, pollution and anchorage, should be directed towards Roads and Maritime Services via its website.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and is home to many special events including the New Years Eve and Australia Day celebrations.
Navigation policy on Sydney Harbour is controlled by the Harbour Master. Following consultation with relevant port users, the community and business groups, the Harbour Master establishes port procedures that will apply during major aquatic events.
Planning for individual events on and around the harbour rests with a range of committees and organisations, some of which have links below for further information.