Australia Day on Sydney HarbourNSW Maritime News 

Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

A busy program of marine activities and aerial displays is scheduled for Thursday 26 January 2012 on Sydney Harbour. Some highlights are:
11am–2pm: Best Dressed Vessel Competition. Best Dressed Vessel judges will be out and about on Sydney Harbour from 11am to 2pm. Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the winners of five categories. Before the day, visit for your chance to win one of 20 decorations packs for your vessel.
11am: CYCA Short Ocean Race. This annual race from Sydney Harbour to Botany Bay returns to finish at Rushcutters Bay.
11am: Ferrython. The Ferrython will once again let loose those four green and yellow catamarans to race up and down Sydney Harbour. Note: there will be a 50 metre exclusion zone around each competing ferry.
12.15pm & 12.45pm: RAN Search and Rescue Display. See the Royal Australian Navy’s Dive Team perform a series of search and rescue displays from a helicopter in Farm Cove at 12.15pm and Athol Bay at 12.45pm.
1.15pm: 176th Australia Day Regatta. The world’s oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta, will take place throughout the afternoon, with events for all classes of yachts and 18-foot skiffs.
1.30pm: Seahawk Aerial Handling Display.
2pm: F/A-18 Hornet Flyover.
2.30pm: Red Berets Splash into Farm Cove. The Red Berets from the Army Parachute Training School fly over Sydney Cove and splash into Farm Cove as they perform a parachute display.
3pm: Tall Ships Race. Starting at Bradley’s Head, the Tall Ships will lead the spectacular fleet of historic and charter vessels as they make their way to finish under the Bridge. Note: there will be a 50 metre exclusion zone around each Tall Ship.
3pm–9pm: Sydney Ports Jazz on the Water Concert. Boaties are invited to drop anchor in Johnstons Bay from 2.00pm for a prime viewing spot.
8.40pm: Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular. The Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular will culminate in a fireworks extravaganza over Cockle Bay.
Visit for the full program.


Better Boating Program grants

Grants totalling more than $4.5 million for new and improved boating facilities across NSW have been approved by Maritime Services, a division of Roads and Maritime Services.
A highlight of the 2011-12 grants program is $800,000 for a major upgrade of the Lyne Park boating facility in Rose Bay on the eastern shore of Sydney Harbour. This grant combines with a $350,000 grant last year to provide more than a million dollars for the project, which includes the replacement and widening of the existing Lyne Park boat ramp and the installation of two pontoon facilities to vastly improve safe and convenient access to Sydney Harbour.
Regional grants under the 2011-12 Better Boating Program (BBP) include the following:
$182,500 awarded to Port Stephens Council for the Shoal Bay boat ramp car park upgrade (complete reconstruction of the car/trailer park, including sealing and realignment with reconstructed boat ramp). A replacement boat ramp at Shoal Bay is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in December 2011 ($207,600 in previous BBP funding).
$200,000 awarded to Sutherland Shire Council for the Bonna Point boat ramp and carpark upgrade and new pontoon, Kurnell. This additional funding builds on previous BBP support of $330,000 for the project which is scheduled to commence in April 2012.
$70,370 awarded to Bega Valley Shire Council for the Merimbula Lake boat ramp upgrade and new pontoon project, Merimbula. This additional funding builds on previous BBP funding of $179,980 for this project. Project is currently underway and scheduled for completion in December 2011.
$125,000 awarded to Albury City Council for Stage 2 of the Kremur Street Boat Ramp Upgrade, West Albury (installation of public amenities and lighting at the new boat ramp facility). Previous BBP funding of $200,000 was awarded for Stage 1 works, for the construction of the boat ramp and car/trailer park currently in progress.
For more details on the grants program, visit