New Years Eve In Sydney 2023-2024 Mega list
I have enjoyed no less than 25 New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney. I have watched from a cruise ship, a harbour island, three different locations in the Botanic Gardens and the Rocks. I created this page to share my experiences and hopefully help you make an informed choice. To help with this we have included as many photos as we could of what the view form each spot looks like.
Updated 6/11/2023 – We continually update this page as information becomes available. If you see something we have missed feel free to reach out and let us know.
There have been plenty of changes this year. On September 3 the NSW Government announced that they will make most of the Sydney Harbour foreshore and publicly owned land free to access. This includes Barangaroo Reserve, all the foreshore around to the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour islands and national park, Mrs Macquaries Point and other parts of the Botanic Gardens.
Most of these areas will be operated on a first come first served basis with gates opening between 7am and 11am for the most popular spots. While this may be good news to some, for many, especially those with small children or anyone in Sydney for a short visit, the idea of waiting 10 hours plus for the fireworks show is nothing short of torture.
No one can say how this will go, its been years since these areas were free so it’s hard to predict how early queues will form. If you don’t want to spend hours waiting it might be best to secure a ticket or book a restaurant with a view.
- Frequently asked questions about NYE in Sydney
- New Year’s Eve 2023 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
- New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruises in Sydney
- New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House 2023
- New Year’s Eve in the Sydney Harbour National Park and Harbour Islands
- Dining with a view of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve 2023
- NYE in The Rocks
- NYE Parties in Sydney 2023
- New Year’s Eve outside the city centre
- Accessible Areas – Wheelchair access for the NYE Fireworks
- NYE in Sydney in a Nutshell
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Frequently asked questions about NYE in Sydney
If you are going to be in one of the greatest cities in the world on New Year’s Eve, you are probably wondering about the best way to spend the night. So many questions spring to mind:
- Where are the best fireworks vantage point?
- Which restaurants have the best view or special NYE dining packages?
- Should you go on a boat on the Sydney Harbour?
- Which hotels have the best views?
- Where are the free places to view the fireworks this year?
Well, I am going to answer all these questions and more below. Grab a drink…. this could take a while!
What is the schedule on NYE in Sydney in 2023
This years schedule will be:
- 7.30pm – Smoking Ceremony
- 8.30pm – Pylon projections and lighting effects – Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons and eastern side.
- 8.57pm – Welcome to Country
- 9.00pm – Calling Country fireworks
- 9.15pm – Harbour Lights parade
- Midnight Fireworks – Pyrotechnic effects launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and barges in the harbour to a synchronised simulcast.
The Midnight fireworks simulcast will be available on KIIS 1065 so be sure to bring your device to enjoy the full effect of the music
Sydney Harbour Fireworks Vantage Points
Planning your trip to a free fireworks viewing point
Many roads are closed, and most people travel by public transport. Buses and trains will run, but moving around the city between 8pm, and 1am may be tricky. Access to Circular Quay station will be closed off at 5pm (or earlier if crowd numbers make it unsafe).
- Use the Sydney City Council’s real-time update map on the night – a very handy tool that has the rules for each viewing point. Allows you search for accessible areas if needed and provides an indication of the time they expect the site to be full.
- Many of the free sites are alcohol-free, so make sure you check the rules before you head to your favourite spot. You can bring your own food into almost all vantage points, but most do not allow you to bring your drinks. Some areas are completely dry, so be sure to check that the site suits your needs.
- There are no passouts at most of these sites, so once you are in you have to stay there.
My preference is to see the front of the Harbour Bridge if possible; this is where the climax of the firework show takes place, and it’s usually spectacular. I think it’s a must for international visitors.
There are great viewing areas on both sides of the harbour, so my strong recommendation is to stick to the side that you are staying on. Getting back across the bridge after it’s all over is tedious.
Vantage Points around Circular Quay and The Rocks
The following sites are managed by Place Management NSW, who owns and operates 26 hectares around the foreshore. In 2023 these areas are free with the best access from Circular Quay station until 5pm when the station will close. After this you will need to walk from Wynyard Station (approx 15 minutes). All sites will offer free water refill stations and most have accessible toilets. Many sites are alcohol free. Check individual listings for details.
Campbells Cove in the Rocks
Campbells Cove puts you in the heart of the action. Gates will open at 9am and no tickets are required. Capacity is 6,000.
Some complain the hard surfaces (there is no grass on this site) make this a tough spot to sit and wait. The area has a fantastic view of the Opera House and an ok view of the bridge from some parts of the site although you miss the waterfall effect off the bottom of the bridge that closes the show.
Campbell’s Cove is traditionally an alcohol-free zone. Food Trucks are usually on site, and BYO food is welcome.
Dawes Point / Tar-Ra Park
Dawes Point is the park under the Harbour Bridge. Gates will open at 9am and no tickets are required. Capacity is 36,000
With the bridge literally right above you, your views of the front may be limited. There are however excellent views of the Opera House, provided you are not stuck under a tree! It’s worth noting that the smoke from the fireworks can be unpleasant if the wind blows the wrong way and it can restrict your view.
A big pro at Dawes Point, is you get to sit on the grass in the shade, and it’s usually lovely a cool spot. I think this is a good choice perhaps for a local but not a one time only experience. Food trucks will be in attendance and BYO food is permitted. This is an accessible site with Wynyard station a 15 minute walk away via Wynyard Walk.
Hickson Road Reserve
This is the grassed area directly to the front of the Hyatt Hotel, where the palm trees are. Gates will open at 9am and no tickets are required. Capacity is 2,800.
This is an alcohol free zone. BYO food is permitted and food will be for sale on site.
West Circular Quay
This is the area outside the Museum of Contemporary Art and First Fleet Park is the pick of this bunch for me with grass to sit on, a lovely Opera House view and a bit of distance between you and the smoke that builds up right under the bridge around Hickson Road as happens some years. Gates will open at 9am and no tickets are required. Capacity is 20,000.
BYO food is permitted. However, this is another alcohol free site.No glass or large bags are allowed.
This prime position is one that requires stamina ;-). The gates open at 7.00am and will close at 2pm unless full earlier- I expect it will be. There is no shade, and hard surfaces so be sure to be prepared for a long day in the sun. Sunshades are not allowed so pack your hat and sunscreen! There is capacity for 6500 people and you can bring your own food and drink, but no alcohol. Alcohol will be on sale.
East Circular Quay
This free vantage point is the hard pathway in front of the cafes and restaurants that line East Circular Quay. Gates open at 9am and there is capacity for 8000 people. This location gives you a spectacular view of the Harbour Bridge, but no view of the Opera House.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Mrs Macquarie’s Point on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens is free again. You will need to arrive early, in the past people have been known to camp out overnight to secure the best location. Gates open at all entry points in the Botanic Gardens at 11am and close when sites are full. They say queuing is from 7am on 31 December but I am not sure how they will police that.
The Cahill Expressway is the roadway that runs above Circular Quay Station. On NYE, they close the road and turn it into a great viewing point. Tickets are free, but it is a ballot process. The ballot is technically for NSW residents, although I met many visitors the year I was there. The ballot is open now and ticket holders will be notified between mid October and early December.
Usually, the capacity is 3000 for each show. I was lucky enough to score five tickets two years ago, and it was fantastic fun. It is run by the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services). A couple of things to note: It is an alcohol-free zone; you only have tickets to either the 9 pm or the midnight shows – you can’t stay for both.
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Fireworks Viewing on the Southside of Sydney Harbour
Embarkation Park, Potts Point
A short walk from Kings Cross Station Embarkation Park looks out over Woolloomooloo and has limited views of the Harbour Bridge. Gates open at 10am and capacity is 800. No alcohol permitted.
Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay
Beare Park offers partial fireworks views. This is not an official site this year, so we are not sure of the restrictions that may be put in place.
McKell Park, Darling Point
This tiny park offers a good view of the Harbour Bridge, with the tip of the Opera House also visible. It is an alcohol-free spot suitable for a byo picnic, with space for 1000; this site mainly attracts locals. Entry will be from noon.
Yarranabbe Park, Rushcutters Bay
Yarranabbe Park has a capacity of 10,000 and will open at 3pm. Alcohol is prohibited, food will be on sale, and you can BYO picnic.
Fireworks Viewing Points on the Northside of the Harbour
Bradfield Park and Mary Booth Reserve Milson’s Point
Bradfield Park and Mary Booth Reserve have a capacity of 18,000 and gates will open at 9am. The view at these two spots varies greatly. Much of Bradfield Park is on the western side of the Harbour Bridge and you may have a restricted view of the Opera House unless you are among the earliest arrivals. Bradfield Park is an alcohol free site. BYO food and soft drinks (no glass), food for sale on site.
Mary Booth Reserve has great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Mary Booth Reserve. Gates open at 9am and I expect people will line up early to get access to Mary Booth grass as it has the best view. There no shade as you wait so wear sunblock! Also an alcohol free site.
Blues Point Reserve
This alcohol-free run by North Sydney Council has space for 8,600. This area is free and tickets are not required.
This is a free ticketed area with a great view to the bridge. Gates open at 9am and there is a capacity of 3700. Like many foreshore areas, this is also an alcohol free site. You can BYO or buy food on site. This area is accessible.
Cremorne Point Reserve
Even though there is no full direct view of the Harbour Bridge, this is still a lovely spot to spend New Year’s Eve.
It’s an alcohol-free zone these days, but there is a fantastic view of the Opera House. Get there early as there is only space for 5000 people. Free!
NYE Bradleys Head: Booraghee Amphitheatre
Sitting on the Harbour just past Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head has direct views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. In the past there were three family-friendly vantage points to choose from – The Amphitheatre, Mast Precinct and Athol Lawn.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre offers an ideal family-friendly setting to ring in the new year. This popular spot is perfect for picnics, boasting unobstructed vistas of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
You can either bring your own picnic or purchase food from one of the available food trucks. From here, you’ll have a fantastic view of the stunning fireworks that mark the beginning of 2024.
- Alcohol-free and glass-free zone
- Limited options of non-alcoholic drinks and food will be on sale
Sold out for 2023
Viewing the NYE Fireworks on the West of the Harbour
With North Sydney Council introducing ticketing for their free areas this year, expect the western side of the harbour to become more crowded than previous years when those who could not plan and find themselves looking for free options.
West of the Harbour Bridge – Barangaroo Reserve opened is fast becoming a popular site for families, and in 2023 it will again become a free site although you will need a ticket. Capacity is 10,500 and I have experienced NYE here and with those numbers it doesn’t feel too crowded so a good choice for anyone who wants a bit of space.
Gates will open at 5pm, and while there is no BYO, you can buy alcohol on site. This site is accessible and a good choice for families.
Elkington Park, Balmain
Free site, no glass or alcohol. Popular family-friendly spot and while there are no views of the Opera House or Harbour Bridge there are fantastic fireworks views with restricted views of the city. Capacity 3000 and gates will open at 8am.
Pirrama Park Pyrmont
Pirrama Park is a family-friendly choice with partial fireworks views, will open at 2pm and has a capacity of 7,000 people. This free area is one of the few allowing BYO alcohol Food will be available on site.
Free site with no glass or alcohol. Pleasant shade for hot sunny days. Capacity 5000. This site has a good view of the western side of the Harbour Bridge but no view of the Opera House. Gates open at 8am.
Illoura Reserve is a popular spot with locals, with a capacity of 2850 people. BYO alcohol allowed, the site offers views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but not the Opera House. Entry is free and gates open at 8am.
Darling Harbour will have free family areas as well as lots of restaurants offering special packages. It’s also home to several nightclubs, so there is something for everyone, but you should know that you don’t get the harbour experience from here. They have fireworks, but in my opinion, it’s just not the same, and I do not recommend it for international or one-time visitors.
New Year’s Eve 2023 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
Tickets for NYE in the Botanic Gardens 2023 are going to be very different with only one area ticketed. Mare and Foal Lawn, traditionally home of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens members will be the only ticketed spot.
Watching the fireworks from The Royal Botanic Gardens is like sitting in the dress circle. We are still unsure of how access to these amazing locations will work for those who are not members of the “Friends of the Botanic Gardens”. I have to tell you this is my favourite place and I expect these spots will be the first to fill up if they are indeed on offer this year.
Most of these areas are wheelchair accessible but please double check as this may have changed for 2023.
Fleet Steps – Previously known as The Point
The area known as the Point is right by Fleet Steps North at Mrs Macquaries Point. In my opinion, this is the best view of the Gardens locations because of the way the Opera House and Harbour Bridge line up.
Gates will open at 11am however the queue will officially open at 7am giving you an idea of what they are expecting. The area will close once the capacity of 1350 is reached – I am guessing this will happen shortly after the gates open.
Bennelong Lawn – Previously Lawn with a view
Bennelong lawn outside Government House and directly above the Sydney Opera House–a box seat view. Capacity is 1000 and gates open at 11am with the queue opening
This area is on the Tarpeian Lawn above the Opera House with fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge. This area will be free with gates opening at 11am.
I experienced this viewpoint point last year and my recommendation is to be there early for the best view. Those who were early had the view like you see below. Mine was partially obstructed by trees. Lesson learnt! Please note this site is not wheelchair accessible.
Mrs Macquaries Point
This was decades one of the most popular areas to watch the fireworks for free and it is now free again. Gates will open at 11am with the queue officially forming at 7am. I am sure people will be there earlier. It will close when the site reaches its 10,000 capacity. I expect this will be by lunchtime. In previous years it was full by 3pm every year but with all the additional free sites it’s anyone guess.
New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruises in Sydney
2023-24 NYE Cruises
New Year’s Eve cruises traditionally go on sale early in the year. Early bird prices can be a hundred dollars or more cheaper than final prices.
Top 5 NYE Cruises
In a hurry and don’t really want to read over the detailed advice below. Well here you go!
- Most Unique NYE Cruise – Sydney Harbour NYE Tallship Experience. – Sold out!
- Best NYE Cruise for families – Ocean Dreaming 9pm cruises from Darling Harbour or Manly.
- Best NYE Cruise for partying – Bella Vista with a DJ to provide the summer night beats.
- Best NYE Cruise to impress– The Jackson is a brand-new high end ship.
- Best NYE Cruise for foodies – Captain Cook do a wonderful dinner on NYE. – Almost sold out
How much do NYE Cruises cost?
If you want to be on the water, you will need to spend somewhere between $250 and A$1500 per person. This will get you a basic food and drink package. All the leading tour operators offer cruises on Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve, and most include a food and beverage package. These range from basic BBQ style meals to a 6-hour cruise with a five-course dinner and premium drinks. Prices are down this year with no international visitors, so if you have always thought about doing this – it might be a good year to give it a go!
This is a great way to experience Sydney on NYE if you can afford it. Just do your homework and make sure you choose a vessel that is suited to your musical/food tastes. Twenty some things may not like to listen to a 60s band all night 😉 like the sixty+ might not enjoy 5 hours of dance music.
If you are thinking about booking a New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise, I suggest you head over and read our detailed advice about what to look out for when deciding which cruise operator to book with.
In most years, at 9.20pm, after the first round of fireworks, many vessels turn on their lights and parade up and down the harbour until the midnight fireworks. Called the Harbour of Light parade, vessels that take part have the best vantage points for the midnight show, so keep your eye out for details on this.
Captain Cook Cruises – 2023
Captain Cook will have two vessels on the harbour this year. Their flagship, the MV Sydney 2000, and the Captain Cook Rocket, so let’s go through what’s on offer on each vessel. Note, all cruises depart from King Street Wharf at Darling Harbour. The MV Sydney offers individual seating and we have always enjoyed our meals here.
The Flagship the MV Sydney 2000 has three decks with different offerings
Captain Cook NYE Sky Deck Degustation
The top indoor level will host a 6-course degustation menu paired with Penfold’s premium wines including a 75ml glass of world-famous Penfolds Grange! Your booking price includes bottomless Penfolds Rose Champagne (France) & Premium Spirits, and Midnight Celebration Cocktail. There will be live music, and you can guarantee a window seat for a $99 surcharge. 2023 tickets are sold out!
NYE Club Deck Dinner
On the second highest deck of MV Sydney you can dine on a 5-course dinner and midnight supper. There will be bottomless French Champagne, with premium drinks, live music to dance the night away.
Ocean Deck – NYE Cocktails and Canapes Party
If you prefer a more casual evening, then consider Ocean Deck. Here you will be treated to an 4 course dinner served with bottomless French Champagne, with premium drinks. Supper at midnight will round out the night. There will be a DJ to keep you partying all night. Tickets are $1090pp. There is a window surcharge of $50pp.
Captain Cook Rocket– will host a BYO drink and picnic cruise. Sold out
Other cruise options
- The Jackson – Seven course Dinner including a Five-course Degustation menu along with a 6.5-Hour All-Inclusive Platinum Beverage Package featuring free flowing Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV, signature cocktails and top shelf spirits, craft beer and a selection of premium wines $1499. Almost gone!
- Starship Sydney – This luxury glass boat offers 360 degree views offers a 5 hour beverage package with substantial canapes $999
- NYE on the Bella Vista – a Glass Boat – A DJ to entertain, five hour beverage package, roaming canapes a standing buffet and dessert. The vessel has 3m high glass wraparound windows and an open top deck with 360-degree views of magnificent Sydney Harbour.
- Harbour Tall Ships – Love these cruises – it’s such a fun experience. Inside the exclusion zone, two boats usually on sale – include dinner, drinks and live music $949-
- The MV Vagabond Spirit offers a seafood and meat buffet, open bar (premium drinks included), DJ. Window seating for most tables and three outdoor deck areas. $725
- Sydney Sundancer – 8 hour cruise on a luxury yacht with buffet dinner
- The Sydney Heritage Fleet Waratah – Expressions of interest are now being taken here – BYO dinner, snacks and beverage $500 each.
- Ocean Dreaming – A quality operator with a full range of options from the 90min family cruise for $650 (2A+2C) and $850 for the premium vessel with buffet, unlimited drinks and DJ. They also have a 9 pm family cruise for $350
Want more advice about things to consider before you book a cruise? Check out our main NYE Cruise tips here.
New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House 2023
From the viewing area on East Circular Quay to the Opera Australia performance and after-party, there are many options for watching the Sydney NYE fireworks from the Opera House.
Tickets are on sale now for the Opera Gala Concert in the Concert Hall or Verdi’s La Traviata in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Hosted by Jonathan Biggins, the concert features the greatest arias ever written and performed by a selection of Australia’s finest singers and musicians. With an interval at 9pm to take in the first fireworks show from the Northern Foyer.
For a once in a lifetime New Year’s Eve experience, book the Platinum package that includes the Pre-Gala Dinner, Platinum reserve seating for the Concert, a program, champagne at interval and entry to the Midnight Party in the Joan Sutherland Northern Foyer.
The 2.5 hour performance begins at 7.45pm and is followed by a party featuring canapés, drinks and live entertainment, with views of the spectacular midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour.
Please note that while the foyer offers a good view of the fireworks, space outside on the balcony will be limited.
Tickets: The Opera Gala Concert tickets are from $99-499 depending on the seats you choose + $9.80 transaction fee
Additional experiences You can add a Pre-performance dinner in the Northern Foyer for $399pp or the Midnight Party for $399pp which includes Canapés, drinks and live entertainment, in the Northern Foyer with views of the spectacular midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour.
Swingin’ Under The Stars New Years Eve 2023
Your ticket to this party on the western boardwalk will have you right in front of the Harbour Bridge. The party includes a 4 course seated dinner, all inclusive drinks package, a mega line up of non-stop entertainment from the Golden Age of Las Vegas complete with big band. Add the best views and enjoy what is enviably the world’s most iconic fireworks display.
Premium free-flowing drinks, plenty of roving food to satisfy the senses, and live entertainment Portside has quickly become THE NYE party everyone wants a ticket to. Stroll past the crowds to your dedicated entrance to the Western Broadwalk with the view below!
This adults only event will set you back $1250 per person but what a night!
Find out more or book tickets for Swinging Under the Stars here.
House of SPlendour
Immerse yourself in a night of boundless extravagance, complete with prime spot at the Yallamundi Rooms in Sydney Opera House for Sydney’s renowned fireworks display. Enjoy continuous indulgence from a wandering assortment of delectable canapés and lavish food stations. Savor the finest French Champagne and top-tier wines while grooving to a stellar DJ ensemble and enjoying spontaneous entertainment as you welcome the arrival of the new year.
Over 18 years only this event is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $950.
Opera Bar 2023
I love Opera Bar; it’s the ultimate outdoor venue for a NYE party on the harbour. You have amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and even the Opera House looks great from this angle. There will be live entertainment from Bermuda Social, Soulphonics, Dark Horse and Natural Selector starting at 6pm and running right through until 2 am.
Food will be on offer all night to keep your energy levels up! Multiple food stalls dispensing sustenance all night long. There is no limit to how many times you can visit each one. Check their FAQ for more details and book directly on their site.
Seating will be very limited, so best for those happy to stand and mingle or dance the night away. Tickets on sale now $495 and along with entry to the bar include some of the best close-up views you can get, a huge festival stage and roving performers, as well as all night long with hot and cold dishes, with a variation of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options as well as seafood and meat. Desserts will also be available. This is an over 18yrs only event and your ticket does not include drinks.
I reviewed NYE at Opera Bar after my visit several years back. It was a great night.
Times: Doors open 6:00pm on 31/12/23 and the event concludes at 2am on 1/1/24
Glow at House Canteen
Get set for a night filled with continuous live music to keep you moving and captivating roving entertainers to maintain the excitement. And here’s the big news – we have the hottest ticket in town, offering you a front-row seat to Sydney’s stunning Harbour Bridge fireworks! While there is some seating this is predominantly a stand up event.
- Non-stop entertainment: Live music and roving performances
- Scrumptious roaming canapés throughout the evening
- Drinks are on sale, you can pre-order Chandon Rosé for your arrival
- Breathtaking views of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House
- Over 18’s only.
Doors open 5pm and the event concludes at 2am. Tickets are priced at $450
The last Opera House option, Bennelong, will host a dinner this year with tickets starting at $1400pp. The restaurant is inside the small shell of the Sydney Opera House. Executive chef Peter Gilmore (Quay) runs the show here, and his food never disappoints. I have eaten here several times and always loved it.
Find out more on our NYE Dining page.
New Year’s Eve in the Sydney Harbour National Park and Harbour Islands
Sydney Harbour National Park encompasses a substantial part of the harbour foreshore and three harbour islands. These sites are ticketed to control numbers and are rThere will be a small charge in 2023 to cover the cost of your ferry ride to the islands but other areas will be free. There are usually two ferry times for arrival and departure, and you choose these when you book your tickets.
Sydney Harbour National Park encompasses a substantial part of the harbour foreshore and three harbour islands. These sites are ticketed to control numbers and a small fee will be charged for transport.
- BYO everything – no food or drink sales on the island
- Alcohol is permitted
- Ferries will depart Barangaroo ferry wharf at 5.45pm and 6.45pm with return ferries at 12.30am and 1.30am.
- Capacity: 680 people
Sold out for 2023
NYE Shark Island Party
Shark Island is perfectly positioned with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge directly down the harbour.
- Entertainment includes DJs playing a range of house, disco, funk and soul music on the dancefloor
- You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Drinks will be available
- Ferries depart from Rose Bay at 6.15pm or 7pm ferry they return at 9.20pm (after the 9pm fireworks), and after the event at 12.30am and 1.15am
- Capacity is 780 people.
Note: Ferries to Shark Island will depart from Rose Bay Wharf. You can also take a bus from the city to reach the wharf but be prepared for a long trip back to town after the event. When we went, it took us over 1.5 hours to get back to the city.
Sold out for 2023
Goat Island – Me-mel
Goat Island is on the western side of the Harbour Bridge. You have a fabulous view of the bridge itself although you miss out on the light display on the front of the Bridge and you can’t see the Opera House.
- There is no entertainment, so you need to bring your own fun
- You can bring your own food and your own alcohol, although responsible service limits apply.
- 6.30pm or 7.15pm ferry departures from Barangaroo. They depart Goat Island at 9.30pm (after the 9pm fireworks) and after the event at 12.30am and 1.15am
Sold out for 2023
Athol Lawn, in Sydney Harbour National Park, is a great choice for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While it provides scenic views of the harbour skyline, it’s worth noting that direct views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are somewhat obstructed by tree cover.
- Bring along a picnic – glass and alcohol free zone
- Drinking water is available. You can’t buy food or drinks at Athol Lawn.
- Gates open at 3pm. If you have a ticket, you must arrive by 8.30pm
Tickets still available 21/10
Dining with a view of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve 2023
Having a ticket to a restaurant or event in Circular Quay will be one of the best ways to access the Harbour foreshore this year. We have created a brand new guide to NYE Dining in Sydney, which is being updated daily. Many will require full payment when you book, and refunds may not be available, so choose carefully!
Botanic House Restaurant
Botanic House will offer a six-course menu with a spritz on arrival and champagne for the 9pm and midnight shows. There will be entertainment and a view of the Bridge from the Botanic Lawn. Tickets are $825pp
NYE in The Rocks
Many of the restaurants and bars in the Rocks offer packages at relatively reasonable prices.
Cruise Bar at Circular Quay
Grab your tickets for the biggest New Year’s Eve bash at Cruise Bar! You’ll snag awesome views of the fireworks and enjoy live performances by Sydney’s top artists.
Whether you wanna party in style with their Rooftop VIP package (with premium food and drinks) or just have a blast with on Level 1 & 2 general admission ticket (including a food package) at really affordable prioces
With its position on the Overseas Passenger Terminal at West Circular Quay, Cruise Bar offers fantastic views of the Opera House.
Level 1 & 2 – from $169 your ticket will get you access to the first two floors of Cruise Bar and includes a 4 hour food package (6pm-10pm) with a hot dog stand from 10pm-midnight.
Level 3 aka the rooftop – from $419, and you will enjoy the Roof Top experience, a true VIP experience with 4 hours of deluxe canapés, a 3-hour drink package, tunes from La Fiesta Sound System, sweeping rooftop harbour views and a fantastic NYE atmosphere.
Harbour View Hotel
This iconic hotel sits directly across the road from the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; it’s honestly had to get much closer! This year they will offer a 5-course degustation with a glass of champagne for $395 per person. On Sale now – find out more here.
The Glenmore Hotel
The pub with one of the best rooftop views in Sydney is offering a 4-hour drinks package with canapes and a grazing table. There will be plenty of entertainment before midnight with a glitter station, vintage photo booth, tarot card reader and event photographer. 2023 Tickets are selling fast at $449 per person.
Sydney Harbour YHA
Sort out your accommodation and your NYE party in one go by booking your stay at Sydney Harbour YHA. By no stretch could you call this a budget option, especially now the foreshore is free and YHA requires a minimum seven night stay.
However for your money you are right in the centre of all the action, your stay includes access to the guests only party on the rooftop terrace– the panoramic views from the rooftop area are perfect for watching the fireworks. You also have no massive commute home.
Prices for a minimum 7-night stay including the rooftop event (food, drink, entertainment & the BEST views of the fireworks) start at $A$1,712.80 per person (co-living, ensuite room) or $3,928.00 per double ensuite.
These prices make it hard for me to honestly recommend this option. In years gone by it was a fabulous deal but at these prices I would look for a good party option like Cargo Bar or Opera Bar and book a hotel outside the city centre.
With front row seats to the Harbour Bridge View Squires Landing will offer a 3-hour beverage package and share menu between 6.30pm-9.30pm. After this, you pay for any drinks you want. Tickets were $400 pp. in 2022 Sign up to notifications on their website for ticket launch details.
Looking for a restaurant package?
There are so many options for dining in Sydney on NYE we have a whole page dedicated to New Year’s Eve restaurant packages.
NYE Parties in Sydney 2023
If you prefer something a little more structured for your evening, you could try one of these fun venues.
With a brilliant view of the Sydney fireworks, Luna Park’s Harbour Party is an affordable NYE option. The DJ line up includes the Tenzin. Demi Bryant, Sgt Slick, Alex Preston and more.
There are two ticket types, the General admission ($199) which offers:
- Entry to Luna Park with unlimited rides all night
- Access to 3 DJ stages
- Entry to Sydney’s first underwater immersive bar
- An amazing view of the fireworks on the harbour boardwalk
Or choose a VIP experience, these range from $499-$799 that include food and beverage packages and access to special viewing areas.
View Hotel North Sydney
View Sydney is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration! Known for their hotel rooms with unobstructed harbour views, they will be hosting two events this NYE along with hotel room packages.
View NYE Dine, will offer an indulgent all-inclusive buffet style dinner at LB’s Restaurant with views of the 9pm fireworks. Sydney Rock Oysters, Hickory Smoked Duck Breast, and Barramundi are a sample of what will be on the menu. Tickets start at $585 per adult and $266. per child. Includes wine pairings with each course. | 6:30pm to 11:00pm with access to the midnight fireworks.
View NYE Soiree will be an outdoor cocktail party with food from around the world. Drinks are included with free-flowing wine, beer, soft drinks, and signature cocktails. An acoustic performance will start the evening, followed by a DJ set through midnight to dance the night away with views of both firework celebrations. Tickets are $637 per person.
For those looking to celebrate in their rooms, the hotel is offering a special in-room valet service as a room add-on. It includes a 4-hour beverage package, along with hot & cold canapes, plus a grazing board.
A New Year’s Eve at Sir Stanford Hotel
This year’s event Quay Royale – A 007 New Year’s Eve is perfect for anyone wanting to dress up and have a bit of fun. With a 007 dress code expect to see plenty of people looking their best.
Prepare for an evening of fun, fine food and wine with a trip to the roof for the NYE fireworks show.
Their 2023 event includes a six course meal with matching wine. Sparkling wine for the midnight toast and an exclusive bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from their rooftop. The fun starts at 6:45pm and tickets cost $699 (+ booking fee). Excellent value for money and a magnificent view to boot!
NYE at Pier One Sydney
There are three events at Pier One New Year’s Eve 2023
Pier Party will feature a 4 hour beverage package (Spritz, beer, wine, non-alcoholic) with unlimited access to food stalls from 8.30pm to 12.30am. Doors open at 8:30pm
with DJ entertainment all night until the event closes at 1am
Add the option of your own Waterside Lounge. This is all about getting together with 6-12 your friends and booking a private area. All bookings include access to Pier Party and your own private, covered premium fireworks viewing areas outside under the Harbour Bridge! Tickets start at $449.00
Zephyr Rooftop Bar, Darling Harbour
Note – Darling Harbour and not Harbour Bridge or Opera House view
See out 2023 with stunning views of Darling Harbour and their firewrks from the Zephyr Rooftop Bar, on level 12 of the Hyatt Regency. On offer is a party with great food and a DJ playing non-stop all night.
Priced at $475 per person enjoy , an abundance of exquisite canapés, extravagant grazing table and enticing desserts. Your ticket also includes a four-hour beverage package (Sparkling, wine, beer and soft drinks).
Marquee Sydney, Star Sydney
Dance the night away at Marquee, one of Sydney’s premier nightclubs. Early entry (before 10pm) $79.95, General admission $99.95 (must enter before midnight)
New Year’s Eve outside the city centre
Many suburban events were called off in 2022, including one of the most popular at Brighton Le Sands. Some are still not back in 2023 will bring, but we will update this content as soon as they advised us of additional details.
A fantastic choice for families, Taronga is well known for its fabulous harbour views. Money raised from these events is used to fund the zoo, so you are also helping a great cause.
The view from the zoo may seem like a distant one but its expansive and you get to see the big picture from here . The Diamond Reserve include a premium hamper with some drinks, entertainment, and a view of the Harbour Bridge. The Gold tickets don’t include any catering but it can be purchased separately. Silver tickets on the concert lawn offer limited views and do not include a hamper.
All tickets include access to the zoo animals until dark.
- Silver – View from the Concert Lawns – $225
- Gold – View from the Bird Show Amphitheatre $335
- Diamond- View from Harbour View Lawns – $660 (not accessible)
Taronga Event Centre in N’Galawa Terrace will host a 5-course dinner with a 5-hour drinks package, live entertainment and a midnight fireworks view. Find out more and book tickets here. From $400
All tickets include live entertainment, zoo access, free parking and complimentary transport from the car park. The zoo is a perfect site, and limited numbers mean you won’t feel too crowded.
NYE in Mosman at Athol Hall
Enjoy a 3 course dinner and 6 hour beverage package at this harbourside spot in Mosman. Sitting on the hill between Taronga Zoo and Bradley’s Head the site has good views over the harbour with some tree cover.
Doors open at 6pm Adults $450 and kids up to 12 years $250.
A Family Friendly NYE in Centennial Park
Get the family together and see out the year with a BBQ feast, live music, lawn games and a glass of wine on arrival and $10 cocktails. $95 for adults and $55 for kids two-hour seatings from 7pm till 10pm.
NYE at Nielsen Park
Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in Vaucluse – Nielson Park is part of Sydney Harbour National Park free zone. Great view and a very relaxed vibe make this a good spot for families staying in the east. B.Y.O. Alcohol and food, picnic blanket. Very limited parking – buses do run nearby.
NYE at Strickland Estate
Another NSW National Parks with free access. Strickland Estate has traditionally been a licensed event and a glass-free zone. There is no BYO alcohol. Bag searches will be conducted before you enter the estate. You can BYO picnic and there will be a few food and alcohol for sale on site.
Free, tickets valid from 5pm to 8.30pm. If not at capacity at 8.30pm you can enter without a ticket. There is an accessible viewing are here and capacity for 2000 people overall.
Strickland house offers excellent views of the harbour and distance views to the Opera House and the Bridge. You can take the 325 bus to the venue, but getting home without a car could be challenging.
Christison Park, Vaucluse
A local park with fabulous, but distant harbour views. Gates usually open at noon, alcohol permitted.
Dudley Page Reserve
This reserve in the Eastern suburbs offers excellent views of the city, and if you are a local want a low-stress venue, this could be it. The capacity is 2500, and Tickets range from $32.65 – $63.26. Gates open at 6pm
Accessible Areas – Wheelchair access for the NYE Fireworks
Sydney usually offers six fully accessible areas. You need to make a booking for these areas on a form issued by the council. These areas all feature accessible toilets.
- Mary Booth Reserve at Kirribilli on the northern side of the harbour
- Mrs Macquarie’s Point in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
- Pirrama Park at Pyrmont
- Sydney Opera House
- Cahill Expressway (Balloted)
- Barangaroo (ticketed)
The Official Sydney NYE website has more details on these areas and how to reserve tickets.
NYE in Sydney in a Nutshell
- My biggest tip is to plan early. Unless you do, you may find there are limited choices. Many ticketed events sell out weeks and sometimes months in advance.
- If you are reading this in December, don’t despair. There are lots of free vantage points to see the world-famous fireworks, and it will all work out on the night if you have a plan.
- Decide which part of the city to stay in and secure your hotel. I have reviewed a long list of budget hotels in Sydney if you need don’t want to max out your credit card.
- If you want to book, a hostel be prepared for minimum booking periods of up to a week.
- If you have a long-lost relative, now is a good time to rekindle that relationship 😉
In 2016, I watched the action from the Cahill Expressway after scoring some free tickets in the public ballot. Follow their Facebook page to hear when the ballot opens.
I have reviewed 4 NYE outings I have experienced in recent years, so make sure you check them for full details.
To sum up
Big changes in 2023 means we don’t really know what to expect crowd wise however the free zones will likely mean you will have no choice but to arrive hours early if you want access. These sites will be closed as soon as they are full. In the old days before ticketing this often happened by midday! If this does not appeal consider a harbour cruise or a restaurant booking to avoid the long wait and the chaos.
If you plan to be in the city, you will need a plan!
About the author: Paula Morgan, a born-and-bred Sydney resident, has been sharing this city and its secret spots for over 15 years. She’s not just about the iconic landmarks; she’s all about the hidden alleys adorned with street art, and the joy of discovering a new café or a fabulous restaurant tucked away in a corner you never knew existed and weekends away exploring regional NSW.
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