Sydney’s world-famous deep-water harbour is one of the busiest waterways in Australia. Once the main entry point for all the city’s cargo before the development of Port Botany, Sydney remains a working port to this day. The berths at Glebe Island and White Bay have been a working port for over 100 years and are still a vital maritime supply route for bringing critical supplies to the heart of the city.
Port Authority’s role is to ensure the safe navigation and berthing of commercial vessels in the harbour. Around 1200 large commercial ships move through Sydney Harbour each year, sharing the water with thousands of recreational vessels.
Each ship is guided safely through the harbour with the skill of Port Authority’s marine pilots. Sydney has had a dedicated marine pilotage service for over 225 years and today, the city’s marine pilots make over 4000 transfers to ocean-going vessels a year.
Find out what’s happening in Sydney and the Greater NSW. Learn about this great region and all it has to offer from events to its breath taking beaches.
Sydney Opera House
Experience the Sydney Opera House's attractions by enjoying a show, taking a behind-the-scenes tour or sipping a cocktail at the Opera Bar as the sun sets over the beautiful harbour.
Captain Cook Cruise
Experience lunch or dinner while sailing around the harbour or take a moment to do some whale watching while being in the comfort on board your Captain Cook Cruise ship.
Berth and channel information and promulgated depths by the Harbour Master are found in the Berths and channels document. Information such as Berth box sizes and the most recent survey date are provided within a controlled document.
There are applicable statutory and non-statutory charges at Sydney Harbour. Such charges are levied to all commercial vessels, including cargo and passenger vessels, piloted fishing vessels, research vessels and piloted tugs.
These charges include Navigation, Pilotage, Site Occupation, Wharf, Mooring Fee and Miscellaneous Charges for Passenger/Non-Passenger vessels.
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Notice to Mariners No 3. of 2020
22 to 23 September 2020
Sydney Harbour – Temporary removal of Aid to Navigation Change to Aid to Navigation.
Notice to Mariners No 2. of 2020
20 to 21 September 2020
Sydney Harbour – Change to Aid to Navigation.
Notice to Mariners No. 1 of 2020
9 June to 12 June 2020
Sydney Harbour and Port Botany - ADF Training exercises
Notice to Mariners No. 4 of 2019
24 December 2019
Sydney to Hobart Yacht race 24 December 2019