Wharf Booking


Sydney Harbour wharf booking is available for commercial vessel operators either in bulk or on an ad hoc basis. A 6-month block booking is available for commercial vessel operators. They are only available for booking to operators who require reoccurring bookings. To make reservations, you need to complete the reservation form and either fax or mail it to the service center.

Eligibility for wharf booking

To qualify for bulk wharf bookings, you must operate a commercial vessel such as an adventure ride, dining cruise, or ferry. Ports and Maritime Administration regulates the Commuter and Charter Wharves in Sydney Harbour and its tributaries.

On 1 September 2015, Transport for NSW introduced a Wharf Access Policy. The purpose of this policy is to provide commercial vessel operators looking to use the network of Commuter wharves and Charter Wharves in Sydney Harbour with transparent and persistent arrangements. The Wharf Access Policy explains the details of the options regarding access to the Wharf.

What you need

  • Application form for wharf booking
  • Name of your business and general details
  • Name of the required wharf and time slot for booking

How to apply for wharf booking

  • Download the form, and fill out the booking application form
  • You can submit your application by mail, email, or fax to the address on the form.

Restrictions on certain wharves

Transport for NSW may limit the size or loading weight of some wharves on Sydney Harbour. New operators are required to undergo training before berthing at wharves with hydraulic systems.

More information

  • The wharves go on booking trips between April and September and between October and March.
  • Nominations that arrive after the deadline may be given lower priority.
  • The operators must apply for booking 6 months in advance.
  • Transport for NSW will only confirm bookings after it receives all nomination applications
  • To be an approved whale watching operator, you will need to advertise a bona fide tour that specifically watches for whales.

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