Moorings are used to secure a vessel in a particular location. Find out about the different mooring types, their uses and buoy colours.
- Buoy colour: usually yellow
- Licence type: private mooring licence, renewable annually
- This licence is not a lease of the seabed and there is no guarantee of tenure. A private mooring licence allows you to moor your vessel on navigable waters.
Learn more about private mooring licences.
Commercial and club moorings
- Buoy colour: orange (or red for clubs)
- Licence type: commercial mooring licence, renewable annually
- This licence is only issued to a business entity trading to provide marine-type services to the boating public, or a registered club or association (usually a boating or sailing club).
Learn more about eligibility and applying for a commercial mooring licence.
- Emergency moorings are used by Transport for NSW staff or police to store vessels in emergencies
- Buoy colour: blue.
- Courtesy moorings are free for the boating public and available to use in most locations on a 24-hour basis. Use the Mooring Locator Map to find a courtesy mooring.
- Buoy colour: pink
- A courtesy mooring may not be used by a commercial operator.
- A maximum of one vessel may be attached to a courtesy mooring. Attaching other vessels to the moored vessel is not allowed (‘Rafting up’)
- Signage on or in the vicinity of the courtesy mooring indicates the maximum length/tonnage and duration for a vessel to be moored in the location.