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Personal water craft (PWC) restriction and exclusion zones

NSW RMS PWC Restricted Areas

PWC exclusion and restricted areas are set by NSW RMS. These areas indicate where a PWC cannot be operated or, an area where PWC operation has some restrictions imposed on it.

Exclusion Areas set by NSW RMS

PWC exclusion areas refer to the waters of Port Jackson, and includes the waters of all tidal bays, rivers and their tributaries connected or leading to Sydney Harbour bounded by high-water mark and lying to the west of a line commencing at the southernmost point of North Head and running to the northern most point of South Head. PWC are not permitted to be driven in the Exclusion Area at any time, unless exempt by NSW RMS. Penalties apply.

Restriction areas set by NSW RMS

PWC “Restriction Area” refers to the waters (including any tributaries) of Avoca Lake, Botany Bay, Brisbane Water, Broken Bay, Bulbararing Lagoon, Cockrone Lagoon, Cooks River, Dee Why Lagoon, Georges River, Hawkesbury River, Manly Reservoir, Manly Lagoon, Narrabeen Lakes, Nepean River, Port Hacking, Prospect Reservoir, Terrigal Lagoon, Wamberal Lagoon and Woronora River (but does not include any open waters). PWC are not permitted to be used for 'irregular driving' within 200 metres of a river bank or shore when operating in the Restriction Area. Penalties apply.

Examples of 'irregular driving' are; driving in a circle or other pattern or  weaving or diverting, or  surfing down or jumping over or across, any swell, wave or wash. This means that PWC are required to be operated generally in a straight line within 30 - 200 metres of the shoreline from a home or, dwelling.

No Go PWC Areas

Following  is a list of areas in which PWC use is prohibited. PWC are not permitted to be driven in these areas at any time, unless exempt. Check relevant boating maps for details. Penalties apply.

North Coast

PWC's are not permitted upstream of Lake Lismore on the Wilson's River. Marine Parks at Byron which also includes Brunswick Heads South to Lennox Point.

Tweed Heads Area

No power boating in these areas which includes PWC's: (electric powered vessels are permitted)

  • Southern & western side of Ukerebagh Island
  • Kerosene Inlet (opposite Tweed Hospital)
  • Wommin Lake (Fingal)
  • Wommin Lagoon (Fingal)
  • Cudgen Lake

Coffs Harbour Area

  • Bonville Creek (all waters of)
  • Corindi River (upstream from boat ramp)
  • Coffs Creek entrance is a signposted No power boat area.

South West Rocks Area
Trial Bay(Gaol area):No power boating including PWCs includes an area extending from the Arakoon Camping area foreshore bordered by 3 yellow buoys indicating NO PWC or powerered vessels.


Botany Bay and Port Hacking have the following PWC prohibited zones: Yarra Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Congwong and Little Congwong beaches (Botany Bay) Darook Park (Port Hacking) 

South Coast
Prohibited zones in place include: Durras area – South Durras prohibited zone and Durras Lake speed restricted area allowing access to the boat ramp; Broulee Bay – Prohibited zone areas to include Broulee Beach, Tomakin Beach, Tomakin Cove with PWC restricted to a narrow speed restricted channel allowing access to the boat ramp at Mossy Point on the Tomaga River; Tuross Lake – a prohibited zone, with PWC restricted to a narrow channel between the boat ramp at Tuross Head and the open ocean with an 8-knot speed restriction; and Batemans Bay – PWC excluded from Cullendulla Creek.

Murray Inland
Lake Mulwala - between the road and railway bridges.

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