If crowds are not your thing or you have little kids or you are just not up to heading into the city to celebrate NYE this year there are plenty of things going on in the suburbs. Here is my pick of NYE fireworks and celebration outside the city centre.
Randwick council put on a great show on the beach at Coogee Beach. Make a day of it with a swim, sunset picnic and 9pm fireworks show. It you want to keep on partying there are several nearby bars or you could even take a bus into the city for the main midnight show. The show here begins at 9pm and will run for 15-20 minutes.
Check out the 2012 show here.
Where: Coogee Beach front
When: 9pm – get there early for a good spot. Lots of nearby restaurants and shops for dinner or supplies.
The show here is impressive. Three barges are located in Botany Bay for this almost 20 minute show. I used to live nearby and have seen the NYE fireworks at Brighton several times, this really is an excellent option. Last year almost 100,000 people lined the beachfront but there is still plenty of room as you can watch them anywhere along the 8km long Lady Robinson Beach. Beach BBQs and take away fish and chips are usually the way to go. If you are coming into Sydney for the city fireworks and have missed out on a hotel room in the city the Novotel at Brighton might be a good alternative – watch the 9pm show here and then head in by train to the city for the late show. It’s only a 20 minute train ride so getting home is pretty easy. If you take your can check the map in the link below because parking gets pretty challenging right along the beach.
Where: Beach front at Brighton Le Sands.
When: 9pm show only
It’s a long way to the city fireworks from the Northern Beaches and the Newport Arms huge beer garden party is a good reason to reconsider the journey to the big smoke. This is an over 18’s event with great viewing of 2 fireworks shows (9pm and midnight). Apparently the beer garden here is the biggest in the country, not sure if that is true but it’s certainly big. It is also the prettiest one I have ever visited. With an outdoor dance floor and 5+ hours of music this is a very good option for those living north who want to party the year away. They are also offering free transport home (in the area).
Check out last year’s event and see if it’s for you.
Where: Newport Arms Hotel, 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
When: 7pm-2am – Fireworks 9pm and Midnight
This is probably the best NYE event for kids. Entertainment begins at 7pm with Peppa Pig among others. There is a 9pm and a midnight fireworks how and the night wraps up with 20 minutes of rock after the midnight fireworks show. This is an alcohol free event.
Where: Koshigaya Park, corner of Camden Road and Hurley Street, Campbelltown.
When: 9pm and Midnight