Mooring types

Moorings are used to secure a vessel in a particular location. Find out about the different mooring types, their uses and buoy colours.

Private moorings

  • 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

  • Emergency moorings are used by Transport for NSW staff or police to store vessels in emergencies
  • Buoy colour: blue.

Courtesy moorings

  • Courtesy moorings are provided free of charge by TfNSW to enable the boating public to temporarily moor vessels in popular boating destinations.
  • Courtesy moorings are generally provided on a 24-hour basis and in areas that are considered environmentally sensitive, or a highly popular boating area, as an alternative to anchoring.
  • All Courtesy Mooring Buoys are pink in colour. Use the Mooring Locator Map to find a courtesy mooring.
  • Signage on or in the vicinity of the courtesy mooring provides restrictions on the maximum vessel size and time limits for each courtesy mooring.
  • TfNSW periodically reviews the number and locations of courtesy moorings in our waterways, with these allocations depending on available resources, as well as the level of boating activity and environmental considerations in each area.
  • A maximum of one vessel may be attached to a courtesy mooring. Attaching other vessels to the moored vessel is not allowed (‘Rafting up’).
  • Domestic Commercial Vessels may use courtesy moorings, however vessels must not be left unattended on a courtesy mooring.
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