As hundreds of thousands of spectators converge on Sydney Harbour each year for the major summer aquatic events, Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for managing on-water spectator traffic and boating safety compliance during these events.
Special on water conditions apply for major aquatic events – including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day – to allow them to be conducted safely and successfully.
Each year we enforce special boating rules during these events to help ensure the safety of spectators and contestants. These measures include: a maximum six knot speed limit; minimum wash areas; and exclusion zones.
We encourage boaters to get out on the water and experience the wide variety of events that Sydney Harbour hosts over summer.
Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events Guide
Download a copy of this year’s Sydney’s Summer Aquatic Events Guide for maps, safety advice and tips. This guide also details the on-water traffic restrictions for major events including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, New Year’s Eve, Australia Day, and many more.