In a boating emergency

Radio for help on

Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio

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9450 2468

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News & Media

  • Boaters reminded to keep their distance from whales
  • July 09, 2014

With the whale migration season now well under way along the NSW coastline, boaters, surfers and swimmers should make sure they keep their distance from the giant mammals.

Exclusion zones apply to ensure the safety of the whales, especially their young, and people on the water.

The guidelines are enforced by Roads and Maritime Services and National Parks & Wildlife Service officers. Penalties for breaching the regulations include fines, up to two years’ imprisonment or both.

People in boats, on surfboards, surf skis or kayaks must not approach any closer than 100m from a whale or whale pod and 300m from a mother and calf. Swimmers should stay at least 30m away. Fixed wing aircraft must not approach any closer than 300m and helicopters no closer than 500m. Vessels must always travel at a safe speed so they can stop in time to avoid distressing or colliding with a whale.

For more information on whale watching regulations and the best vantage points for watching the whales making their way along the coast, visit:


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