Where are the Public Swing Moorings on Sydney Harbour?

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hit the waters of Sydney Harbour for some boating fun. And guess what? We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for free mooring spots!

Alright, let’s talk about moorings. There are four types: yellow buoys, which you’ll need a license for as they’re for private use; orange buoys, meant for licensed commercial activities like charters, commercial fishing, and boat repairs; red buoys, reserved for boating and sailing clubs. And here’s the best part – the pink buoys! These beauties are courtesy moorings provided free of charge to the boating public for a 24-hour period.

If you’re up for the adventure of finding these free moorings yourself, feel free to use the Free Mooring Locator. But hey, if you prefer the easiest way, no worries! Just scroll down and check out all the pink buoys we’ve gathered around Sydney. 

Public Courtesy Moorings:

Athol Bay – Five Swing Moorings

Athol Beach 2
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Athol Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CPJ435, CPJ434, CPJ431, CPJ432, and CPJ433

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the five spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Taylors Bay – One Swing Mooring

Public Mooring Taylors Bay 2
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Taylors Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH125

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Rose Bay – Four Swing Moorings

Rose Bay 4
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Rose Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH121, CMH122, CMH123, and CMH124

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the four spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Hermit Bay – Two Swing Moorings

Public Mooring Hermit Bay 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Hermit Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH119 and CMH120

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the two spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Shark Bay – One Swing Mooring

Public Mooring Shark Bay 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Shark Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH118

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Vaucluse Bay – One Swing Mooring

Vaucluse Bay 4
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Vaucluse Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH117

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Watsons Bay – One Swing Mooring

Public Mooring Watsons Bay 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Watsons Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH116

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Camp Cove – One Swing Mooring

Public Mooring Camp Cove 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Camp Cove

Maritime Asset ID: CMH115

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Chowder Bay – One Swing Mooring

Public Mooring Chowder Bay 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Chowder Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH126

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: Not seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Hunters Bay – Three Swing Moorings

Public Mooring Hunters Bay 1
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Hunters Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH112, CMH111, and CMH110

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the three spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Quarantine Beach – Three Swing Moorings

Public Mooring Quarantine Beach
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Quarantine Beach

Maritime Asset ID: CMH106, CMH107, and CMH108

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: CMH106 and CMH108

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Manly Cove – Five Swing Moorings

Public Mooring Manly Cove
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Manly Cove

Maritime Asset ID: CMH105, CMH104, CMH103, CMH102, and CMH 101

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: All five spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Chinamans Beach – Five Swing Moorings

Chinamans Beach 2
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Chinamans Beach

Maritime Asset ID: CMH098, CMH114, CMH099, CMH113, and CMH100

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the five spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Fisher Bay – Two Swing Moorings

Public Mooring Fisher Bay
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Fisher Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH088 and CMH089

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 2 hours, limited to sailing vessels only, and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Pearl Bay – Two Swing Moorings

Pearl Bay
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Pearl Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH087 and CMH097

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 2 hours, limited to sailing vessels only, and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Sugarloaf Bay – Four Swing Moorings

Castle Cove Sugarloaf Bay
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Sugarloaf Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH082, CMH083, CMH095, and CMH096

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

Bantry Bay – Eight Swing Moorings

Bantry Bay 2
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NSW Courtesy Moorings Map: Bantry Bay

Maritime Asset ID: CMH080, CMH079, CMH078, CMH077, CMH076, CMH075, CMH074, and CMH073

Conditions of Use: Maximum of 24 hours and maximum vessel displacement of 20 tonnes.

Seagrass Friendly Moorings: None of the eight spots are seagrass friendly.

Last Edited Date: 8 Dec 2023

PLEASE NOTE:

In recent years, new types of moorings have been developed to prevent chains from dragging along the seafloor. These moorings are called Environmentally Friendly Moorings (EFMs), and they are slowly replacing the traditional block and chain moorings in many coastlines around the world. However, in New South Wales, the traditional block and chain moorings are still widely used.

The image below shows a comparison between the traditional block and chain mooring and the environmentally friendly mooring designs.

To wrap it up, remember to stick to the spots allowed by the NSW Government when you moor your boat and be careful while doing so. Keep an eye out for the designated mooring areas, especially at night when things can get a bit tricky to see. Always stay alert for swimmers, small dinghies, and those sneaky ropes. And if you’re cruising at a speed of 6 knots or more, make sure to give a 30-metre buffer around any moored vessel. If that’s not doable, just play it safe and keep a comfortable distance. Finally, as a responsible boater, be mindful of your impact on the marine environment and do your part to prevent ocean pollution by properly disposing of any waste.

Now, go out there and enjoy some fantastic boating adventures this holiday season! If you’re still unsure where to go, we’ve gathered information on the public swing moorings on Pittwater & Hawkesbury, as well as some of the best spots to watch the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks by boat. Stay safe and have a blast on the water!

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