Offshore Living


Pittwater is an open estuary that flows north from its starting point at McCarr’s Creek to Broken Bay. Although generally hospitable in storms this estuary can experience large waves and high winds. Boat owners should take care.

Boat Stickers

  • As of March 1, 2016, Council now require proof of off-shore residency for all new applications and those renewing for 2016/17. 
  • Proof of off-shore residency is in the form of a current driver’s licence, rental agreement or utility notice. Boat stickers are non-transferable and a 12 month Temporary License Agreement applies. Any person with a sticker who proposes to sell their boat can return the sticker to Council and obtain a pro rata refund. 
  • These measures are undertaken to minimise a waitlist. 


There are informal mooring protocols in place relating to position on public wharves. Basically the longer you stay the better your mooring spot. New residents should moor at the furthest location from the seaward end of the jetty. As people move out from the area, everyone takes a turn at moving along into deeper water. Adherence to this system stops any problems. It’s just fairer.

And don’t let anyone tell you private moorings under the control of NSW Maritime are transferable with houses. They are not. Applications for a mooring have to be made by new residents and are subject to waiting lists. Again its fairness thing as moorings are limited.

Roads and Maritime Private Mooring

Pittwater Mooring Map Pittwater Mooring Map (175 KB)


Boating Handbook

A mooring licence is required for private and commercial/club moorings on NSW waterways. You can lodge an application for a mooring licence at any registry or service centre.

Water Safety

Check the weather and your vessel before heading out on the water. Make sure your vessel is appropriate for the conditions and that you have the necessary experience to handle the forecast conditions.

Remember, if in doubt, don't go out

Lifejackets - Old 4 New Lifejacket Upgrade Promotion 

The Old4New van only visits boat ramps during the boating season and not through the cooler months. The Old4New lifejacket upgrade program is all about making more boaters aware of the range of new generation lifejackets. Not only are they slim-fitting but there’s also a style to suit all different types of water activity. The Old4New program is helping to promote wearing a lifejacket when you’re out on the water, especially when in smaller craft. 

 In the last decade alone, 9 out of 10 people who drowned in NSW while boating were not wearing a lifejacket. The Old4New program is just part of a wider campaign to get people into the right habit of putting on a lifejacket each time they go boating.

Click here For more information on the program

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