DoT Swan River Australia Day regulations


Skippers will be required to navigate several exclusion zones, implemented around barges, on the river in the days prior and on the day of the event. There are also special restrictions on Perth Water on Australia Day.
The restrictions include:

  • an eight knot speed limit will apply from Quarry Point to the Causeway Bridges including all of Perth Water between 3pm and 11pm;
  • Perth Water will be closed to all vessels from 4.45pm to 9.45pm; 
  • vessels are only to anchor or moor in the spectator craft areas; and,
  • the Narrows Bridge main navigation channel (centre arch only) is to be used by all vessels.

In addition, the personal watercraft freestyle area west of the Narrows Bridge will be closed from 3pm to allow vessels to anchor.

The Belmont ski area will also be closed from 3pm to accommodate an increase in river traffic from the Maylands and Goodwood Parade boat ramps.

Boat owners are also reminded that after dark the open speed limit on the Swan and Canning Rivers is restricted to 10 knots.

While it is not a requirement for all vessels to be fitted with a radio, boats fitted with one are asked to monitor 27.88 MHz or VHF 9 and 16 (call sign is ‘marine Command’). These frequencies are for any on water information or instructions relating to the event. A message will be broadcast on these channels detailing closures and reopening of Perth Waters.

All vessels must have the correct combination of navigation lights when they are on the water after sunset to sunrise. In addition, although not compulsory, it is recommended life jackets and flares are carried on board when on the river.

It is an offence to navigate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Be aware of the dangers associated with heavily populated mooring areas.  When anchoring, failure to allow for vessel swing in strong winds could result in damage to vessels and injury to passengers.  The propellers of passing vessels pose a significant threat to the safety of those passengers who swim in the water in mooring areas and overloaded vessels could capsize if swamped. 

All skippers require a Recreational Skipper's Ticket to be in charge of a vessel with a motor of more than 4.5 kilowatts (6HP).

There will be an estimated 1,200 vessels on the water for the event and skippers need to be alert at all times and ready to respond in the case of an emergency situation.  DoT Marine Officers would be on hand to advise uncertain members of the boating public.

People wanting a copy of the guide or more information can log on to and click on the button on the home page.

Posts: 65

Date Joined: 18/03/10

thanks mate

Wed, 2012-01-25 19:47

it was very info,thanks mate