South Coast motorists and holidaymakers are advised to expect delays on the roads surrounding Jervis Bay, as dozens of warships take part in the International Fleet Review.
The ships will be in Jervis Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday, before setting out up the coast for Sydney on Thursday morning.
The visit to Jervis Bay and passage to Sydney follows the navigational path taken by the first Royal Australian Navy fleet Sydney in 1913.
The fleet's arrival in NSW marks the start of 11 days of 100th anniversary celebrations, which are expected to attract around 1.7 million visitors.
The main activities will take place in Sydney between October 3-11.
Large crowds are expected to gather at Hyams Beach and other spots around Jervis Bay to see the fleet.
There are limited facilities available so spectators need to bring food, water and sunscreen and dress for the weather.
Visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of a free "Park and Ride" service, which will run between Vincentia High School on The Wool Road and Hyams Beach every 15 minutes from 8am until 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heavy traffic is expected on Jervis Bay Road, Naval College Road, Huskisson Road, Booderee Avenue and other roads in Huskisson, Vincentia and Hyams Beach.
The following roads will be closed:
- Cyrus Street south of Booderee Avenue at Hyams Beach from 7am until 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Only local residents with proof of their address will be allowed access.
- Owen Street between Sydney Street and Hawke Street as well as Currambene Street north of Bowen Street in Huskisson from 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Wednesday.
Other roads in Hyams Beach and Woollamia may also be closed depending on crowd numbers.
Motorists are advised to check the variable message signs in key locations to keep up-todate with local traffic conditions and road closures at www.livetraffic.com
The Hyams Beach boat ramp will be shut from 8am on Tuesday until midday on Thursday.
An exclusion zone will be in place between HMAS Creswell and Bowen Island in the southern part of Jervis Bay while the warships are anchored and manoeuvring. This area will be marked out by yellow buoys and patrolled by official control vessels, and unauthorised boats must not enter it.
A six knot speed limit and no wash zone will also be enforced within 200 metres of this exclusion zone.
While the warships are arriving and departing, spectator boats must keep at least 200 metres in front of them and 60 metres to either side or behind them.
The warships will not be open to the public while they are in Jervis Bay, and there will be no public access to the HMAS Creswell area during this time.
Anyone who wants to tour a warship will need to travel to Sydney for the open days at Garden Island and Barangaroo on Sunday 6 October and Monday 7 October.
Tickets to these open days will need to be pre-purchased as no tickets will be available at either site on the day.