New Year’s Eve in Sydney 2021-2022

Plans for New Year’s Eve in Sydney 2021 are evolving. We expect 2021’s celebrations details to be slower coming out this year however, we are constantly updating this content as new information becomes available. Please bookmark the page and return or join our Facebook group to stay up to date with the offerings.

Updated: 02/12/2021

This year’s schedule looks like this:

  • From 8.30pm Pylon projections and lighting effects – Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons and eastern side.
  • 9.00pm Welcome to Country Fireworks – Family friendly show featuring projections of dancers, whale and emu totems, a fireworks display and exclusive soundtrack. An eight minute show.
  • 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 will run for 12 minutes, and the soundtrack for this will also be available on KIIS 1065.

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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:

Well, I am going to attempt to answer all these questions and more below. You might want to grab a drink…. this could take a while!

Sydney Harbour Fireworks Vantage Points

Maps and details of zones that will be open to the public are being released slowly this year. As it stands today, 24 areas have been published. As soon as more are released, we will update this section.

Planning your trip to a free fireworks viewing point

Things are very different this year, and genuinely free viewing points will be tough to come by. Fewer people are expected in the city due to border closures, and there will be very strict control of numbers at individual sites. Entry to the waterfront without a ticket will be challenging, if not impossible.

Many roads are closed, and most people travel by public transport. Buses and trains will be running but moving around the city between 8 pm, and 1 am may be tricky.

  • Use the Sydney City Councils real-time update map on the night – a very handy tool that has the rules for each viewing point. Allows you to quickly 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

My personal preference is to see the front of the Harbour Bridge if possible; this is where the central 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. Without a ticket or a confirmed restaurant booking in the Rocks, you will not be permitted to enter this area.

Tickets for the following locations (except Hickson Rd) are $25 for over 12 years, $10 for kids 4 – 12 years of age (must be accompanied by a responsible ticket holder 18+) OR Valid Concession Card or Health Care Card Holders and free for kids under three years of age. Dine and Discover Vouchers may be used to purchase your tickets. 

Campbells Cove in the Rocks

Campbells Cove puts you right in the heart of the action, although some complain the hard surfaces 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 sites.

Campbells Cove Harbour Bridge View
Campbells Cove Harbour Bridge View

Campbell’s Cove is an alcohol-free zone. Food Trucks will be on-site, and BYO food is welcome. Gates open at 6pm. This is the only accessible viewing area on the foreshore, and tickets are free for those visitors.

Campbells Cove Opera House View
Campbells Cove Opera House View

Dawes Point

This is the park under the Harbour Bridge. With the bridge literally above you, your views of the front and top may be limited. There are excellent views of the Opera House provided you are not stuck under a tree. However, it’s worth noting that the smoke from the fireworks can be unpleasant if the wind blows the wrong way and restricts your view.

Dawes Point restricted view
There are better views at Dawes Point, but some spots will offer a restricted view due to tree cover.

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. The space will open at 6pm. Food trucks will be in attendance, and there will be live music while you wait. BYO food is permitted.

Hickson Road Reserve

This is the grassed area directly to the front of the Hyatt Hotel, where the palm trees are. Tickets were $125 last year, this year they are $50. In previous years alcohol has been on sale, but I have not had confirmation that that will be the case this year but I suspect so. Check before booking if this is important to you. No byo alcohol allowed.

Hickson Road Reserve viewing area

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 tends to build up right under the bridge around Hickson Road when the wind does not blow it away, as happens some years.

Western Circular Quay view
A mix of grassy spaces

Gates open at 6pm, and BYO food is permitted. I have booked this site and got the following extra details on booking Site access closes at 8.50pm for the 9pm fireworks, and 11pm for the midnight fireworks. No glass or large bags are allowed. There are no passouts.

Wharf 2 Circular Quay

The space near Wharf 2 has a fabulous Harbour Bridge view but no view of the Opera House. Gates open at 6pm, and BYO food is permitted. No food trucks are expected to service this area.

wharf 2 Circiular Quay View NYE
Wharf 2 Circular Quay View

East Circular Quay

In front of the cafes and restaurants the line East Circular Quay – this location gives you a spectacular view of the Harbour Bridge but no view of the Opera House. Gates open at 6pm, and food trucks are in attendance.

Book tickets for all the Circular Quay and viewing spots here

Mrs Macquarie’s Point

This year Mrs Macqauries Point will become part of the Royal Botanic Gardens ticketed sites. Tickets are priced at $40 for silver (possibly slightly restricted views due to tree cover) and $150 for gold access to the waterfront zone. You will still need to arrive early – from 11am to secure the best location. More details are below under the Royal Botanic Gardens details below.

NYE View Mrs Macquarie's Point
Trees obstruct some views of the Harbour Bridge at Mrs Macquaries Point.

Cahill Expressway

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 Australian residents, although I met many visitors the year I was there. This year I think it is being used for emergency service workers to thank you for their hard work in the pandemic.

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.

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. Open from 7 pm and alcohol-free.

Embarkation Park offers some Harbour Bridge views.

Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay

Beare Park is a free ticketed area managed by Sydney City Council. It offers partial fireworks views and has a capacity of 465. The site opens at 7pm, and you can not bring alcohol into the park.

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. This site is not accessible. Managed by Woollahra Council – view full details here.

Yarranabbe Park, Darling Point

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

North Sydney Council has not released information on how these sites will operate in 2021 but have confirmed they will be out soon. 09/11/21 we will update as soon as we have confirmation.

These days all events are glass and alcohol-free, and tickets cost $10 plus a booking fee of $2.75. Gates open at 8 am at these locations.

Bradfield Park, Milson’s Point

Bradfield Park has a capacity of 22,000 – This is primarily a western side view of the Harbour Bridge and a restricted view of the Opera House for all but the earliest arrivals. Access here is usually ok until late afternoon. Last year pre ticketing reached capacity at 7.30pm. This year Bradfield Park will be ticketed for the first time, so things will be a bit different, perhaps.

Mary Booth Reserve

Great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, no shade as you wait, capacity is 3000. Historically this site fills early, but it will be ticketed for the first time this year. 

Blues Point Reserve

This alcohol-free ticketed area run by North Sydney Council has space for 8000. Tickets previously cost $12.75 (inclusive of booking fee)

North Sydney Pool 

North Sydney Pool’s event has been cancelled for 2021 as the pool undergoes renovations.

Cremorne Point Reserve

This view of the city from Cremorne was taken just left of the pools

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!

Bradley’s Head

Sitting on the Harbour just past Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head has direct views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There are three family-friendly vantage points to choose from – The Amphitheatre, Mast Precinct and Athol Lawn. There will be a DJ and food trucks at the first two locations with Athol Lawn a bit more laid back.

The Amphitheatre – Adults $43.33, Kids $22.43
The Mast Precinct – Adults $28.04 Kids $22.43
Athol Lawn – Adults $19.88, Kids $12.23

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 have not been able to plan in advance find themselves looking for free options.

Barangaroo Reserve

West of the Harbour Bridge – Barangaroo Reserve opened is fast becoming a popular site for families, and it sold out pretty quickly last year. The site is ticketed for 10,000 and doesn’t feel too full.

Barangaroo NYE Picnic event
Barangaroo NYE 2019

Gates open at 5pm, and while there is no BYO, you can buy alcohol on site. Tickets cost $20.90 – $46.90 and are on sale now.

Elkington Park, Balmain

Free site, no glass or alcohol. Good family-friendly place. No views of the Opera House or Harbour Bridge. Fantastic fireworks views but restricted views of the city. Capacity 3000.

Pirrama Park

Pirrama Park is a family-friendly choice with partial fireworks views, will open at 7pm and has a capacity of 4500 people. This free ticketed area is best suited to picnics only as there will be no food for sale on site.

Time and Tide Pirrama Park
Pirrama Park


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.

Illoura Reserve

Illoura Reserve is a popular spot with locals, with a capacity of 2850 people. Alcohol-free, views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but not the Opera House.

Balmain picnic spot with habour view
Minutes walk from the ferry wharf.

Darling Harbour

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 2021 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

Details for 2021 in the Botanic Gardens started on 1 November.

The Point (Mrs Macquaries Point) 2021

The Point is a pretty chilled event right by the 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. Entry is between 5.30 pm with the last entry at 8.30 pm; the party ends at 1 am.

NYE at the Point
Credit: By Linh_rOm via Wikimedia Commons

Key Points

  • Live DJ and musicians
  • Menu here – includes entrée hamper on arrival, followed by a selection of sweet and savoury delights.
  • This is an over 18s only area.
  • Unreserved seating – you can also bring a blanket to sit on
  • 1km walk from the nearest public transport – mainly level ground.

Tickets: $385 per ticket +  $8.65 booking fee Check the FAQs on this location. This is usually one of the first areas to sell out.

Waiting for darkness on Sydney Harbour
Front row Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on NYE is hard to beat.

Lawn with a view 2021

A family-friendly event located on Bennelong lawn outside Government House and directly above the Sydney Opera House – a box seat view. Entry begins from 700 pm with the last admission at 9.00 pm.

Key Points: 

  • Your ticket includes a picnic hamper
  • No BYO all drinks sold from a cash bar
  • Ground seating – you may bring low line beach seats or flat fold mats
  • No additional entertainment other than the music that goes with the fireworks
  • All-ages event
  • Mobility assistance is available the site is wheelchair accessible

Cost: $250 + $8.65 booking fee (adults and kids)

BridgeView 2021

This area is on the Tarpeian Lawn lawn above the Opera House with fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge.  Entry from 6.00 pm with last entry at 8.00 pm, and the party ends at 1am.
Key Points:

  • Gourmet picnic hamper all included in your entry ticket. 
  • Cash bar – You must buy all drinks (other than water) on site.
  • Roving entertainment, circus-themed games and photo booth.
  • pop up bars offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment
  • Seating is on the ground but you can bring low-level beach style chairs are permitted.

Cost: $260 (incl GST) +  $8.65 booking fee.  Please note this event is not wheelchair accessible.

Harbour View – Mrs Macquaries Point

What was once free is no more! A brand new ticketed area has been added to the Royal Botanic Gardens event for 2021, making the gardens area more attractive for families and perhaps reducing the chaos that has been a feature of this space over the last few years.

NYE from Mrs Macquarie's Chair Sydney Australia
Possible restricted view with silver tickets.
  • Exclusive access to Mrs Macquarie’s Point Precinct
  • Beautiful premium located vantage points
  • Access to bars and food vendors
  • Free drinking water accessible on site
  • Children under 3yrs free

Ticket prices”
Gold all ages $150 | Silver adult $40 (18+yrs)  | Silver child (3-17yrs) $25 (all tickets also attract an $8.65 booking fee)

A map of the locations of the Botanic garden’s events can be found here

NYE Garden Party at The Calyx

Details for 2021 are not yet available.

A cocktail party in the Calyx building and a night walk through the gardens to view the fireworks show from just behind the Opera House. Entry is from 7.30pm to 9 pm, and the event ends at 12.30am.

Key Points:

  • The only gardens event that includes unlimited drinks
  • View only the midnight fireworks show from the waterfront; They will broadcast the 9 pm fireworks
  • Deluxe finger food served for the duration of the event
  • over 18s only
  • wheelchair accessible

Cost: $595 (incl GST) + booking fee. 

It is best to buy your tickets as early as possible for all the Botanic Gardens events to avoid disappointment. These events are very well run and get excellent feedback.

Watching the fireworks from The Royal Botanic Gardens is like sitting in the dress circle. This year they have five paid options for ticketed entry to their amazing locations for those who are not members of the “Friends of the Botanic Gardens”. I have to tell you this is my favourite place. If you are planning for next year, I suggest you register here to be advised when presale tickets are released.

New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruises in Sydney

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.

The view from your NYE cruise depends on the position your boat has secured.

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 participate have the best vantage points for the midnight show, so keep your eye out for details on this. The parade has not yet been confirmed for 2021.

2021-22 NYE Cruises

These traditionally go on sale quite early, with early bird prices about a hundred dollars cheaper than final prices. This could be the year to grab a bargain on the harbour with no international visitors, demand expected to be lower. If you’re a local who has not had the opportunity to be out on the harbour on NYE, this might be your best chance.

How much do NYE Cruises cost?

If you want to be on the water, you will need to spend somewhere between $250 and A$1000 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 something’s may not like to listen to a 60’s band all night 😉 like the fifty+ might not enjoy 5 hours of dance music.

Captain Cook Cruises – 2021-22 Tickets on sale now

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 all with great early bird pricing.

NYE Sky Deck Dinner – The top indoor level will host a 5-course dinner with baby lobster and superior drinks (including a glass of Premium Veuve Clicquot Champagne at midnight). There will be live music, and you can guarantee a window seat for a $99 surcharge. 2021 tickets are on sale now and cost $1199 (Earlybird)

Captain Cook Sydney Harbour
The Sydney 2000 – Captain Cook’s Flagship vessel

NYE Club Deck Dinner – on the middle deck will offer a buffet dinner with premium drinks, live music and a glass of Champagne at midnight. Earlybird pricing for this deck is $799 ($1199 full price)

Ocean Deck – located on the entry-level and the best choice for anyone with limited mobility, the Ocean Deck still offers fab harbour views. It will feature continuous roving canapés and bar food, and lounge-style seating. There will be live entertainment, and window seats can be guaranteed for an extra $50 pp. Earlybird pricing is on offer now for $699 ($1099 full price)

Captain Cook Rocket– will host a BYO drinks and picnic cruise. Early bird pricing is $499 ($599)

Other cruise options

  • Majestic Cruises have two cruises, a 5-course sit-down dinner for $900 (no kids under 7yrs). 
  • The MV Vagabond Spirit is a premium cruise with seafood and meat buffet, open bar (premium drinks included), DJ. Window seating for most tables and three outdoor deck areas. $725
  • Sydney 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 $650 pp Usually closed to $950!
  • The Sydney Heritage Fleet Waratah – Expressions of interest are now being taken here – BYO dinner, snacks and beverage $500 each.
  • Spend the night on the harbour with your family or friends on a catamaran or yacht with Charterscene. Prices from $700 include dinner and BYO drinks.
  • Fantasea – 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 $295

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 2021

From the viewing area on East Circular Quay to the Opera Australia performance and after-part,y there are many options for watching the Sydney NYE fireworks from the Opera House.


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!

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It’s pretty hard to beat this view.

Enjoy fun photo booth opportunities while you wait for the big show. Your ticket includes free-flowing premium drinks, roving food and for VIP’s premium lounge seating and table service.

Portside Sydney Opera house

Find out more or book tickets for Portside here.

Opera Australia

Opera Australia hosts the NYE party at the Opera House. After cancelling last year, we are pleased to say the show will go on in 2021. This year they will bring you Puccini’s La Bohème in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Billed as “The original Bohemian love story, set amongst the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin.”

Opera Australia NYE
Opera Australia NYE

The 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.

Cost: $1422 will get you a Pre-performance dinner, Platinum seats to La Bohème, a program, a drink at the interval, and the Midnight Party. Alternatively, you can book the performance and midnight party for $788

Opera on Cockatoo Island

Something new for 2021 is Opera Australia’s event on Cockatoo Island. Tickets start at $798.00

Opera Bar

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 1:30am.

Opera Bar NYE
The Opera Bar view Credit: Opera Bar

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.

I reviewed NYE at Opera Bar after my visit several years back. It was a great night.

Bennelong Restaurant

The final Opera House Option, Bennelong will apparently be hosting an event this year, but details are not yet available. You can sign up on their website to be the first to hear. 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.

Opera Bar Sydney View
Opera Bar is a great NYE choice.

Dining with a view of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve 2021

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! 

Please see our main NYE Restaurant Packages page.
Events will be added as details become available. pop over to our Sydney Expert Facebook Group and ask any specific questions you might have.

The Botanic Gardens Restaurant

The Botanic Gardens Restaurant will offer a six-course degustation with an open bar, entertainment and a view of the Bridge from the Botanic Lawn. Tickets are $600pp

Botanic Gardens view NYE fireworks
Actual view from a reserved viewing area.

NYE in The Rocks

Many of the restaurants and bars in the Rocks offer packages at relatively reasonable prices.

Cruise Bar at Circular Quay

With its position on the Overseas Passenger Terminal at West Circular Quay, this is a great place to see in the New Year. Dance the night away. The entertainment includes Random Soul and Ben Morris, Erin Marshall, Felixx, Lodz, Matt Nugent, Nukewood and Shaun Keble.

In 2021 three ticket packages are on offer:

Level 1 – $229 will get you access to level 1 of Cruise Bar and lush food stations and a glass of sparkling on arrival
Level 2 – $329 will get you to level 2’s Junk Lounge with Oriental-inspired canapés and 3 hours of drinks.
Level 3 – $459, and you will enjoy the Roof Top experience, a true VIP experience with deluxe canapés, a 3-hour drink package, tunes from Sydney’s best DJ’s, sweeping rooftop harbour views and the very best NYE atmosphere.

Hotel Palisades

Head to the Henry Deane bar on levels 4 and 5 of the hotel for a 4-hour food and drinks package and stunning harbour views $590 per person No under 18s admitted. Book directly with the venue.

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 $250 per person. On Sale now – find out more here.

Squires Landing

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 are $400 pp

Looking for a restaurant package?
There are so many different options for dining in Sydney on NYE we have a whole page dedicated to New Year’s Eve restaurant packages.

NYE Parties in Sydney 2021

If you prefer something a little more structured for your evening, you could try one of these fabulous venues.

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 Hotel North Sydney view
The view from The View Hotel

View Dine, will take you on a gastronomic journey over 5-courses from inside 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 $395 per adult and include wine pairings with each course. Book View Dine here.

View 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 start at $450 per person for the first release and are available on Eventbrite

View Hotel North Sydney Rooftop NYE
View hotel rooftop

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

Dress in your best outfit and prepare for an evening of fine food and wine with a trip to the roof for the NYE fireworks show.

View from the rooftop of the Sir Stanford Hotel Circular Quay
Rooftop view from the Sir Stanford Hotel

Tickets include food, canapes, a grazing table, a 2-course main and a dessert buffet table with matching wine. Sparkling wine for the midnight toast and an exclusive birds-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from their rooftop. The event ran from 8pm to 12:30 am in 2020, and tickets cost $549 (+ booking fee)

NYE at Pier One Sydney

Pier One New Year’s Eve on the Harbour is all about getting together with 8 or more of your friends and booking a private area. All bookings include a cocktail on arrival and access to Pier One’s premium fireworks viewing areas outside under the Harbour Bridge!

Pier One’s event features all-inclusive drinks packages, free-flowing food menus, music and entertainment throughout the night, and great views of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Access is from 7pm and there are four price points starting at $199 for seating, a cocktail and nibbles (drinks and more food can be ordered from the menu) to $599 pp for groups of 12-18 guests in your own private party room with a 4-hour beverage package and a grazing menu. Check all the options on Eventbrite

Zephyr Rooftop Bar, Darling Harbour

With stunning views, the Zephyr Rooftop Bar, on level 12 of the Hyatt Recency will offer a party with great food and a DJ playing non-stop all night. Priced at $450 per person on the menu are live food stations packed with delicious local seafood including Pacific & Sydney Rock oysters, king tiger prawns, scallops, sushi, sashimi, gourmet canapés, decadent desserts, and a four-hour beverage package (Sparkling, wine, beer and soft drinks). Book tickets on Eventbrite

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 have not been released for 2021, and it’s doubtful we will have the number of options we are used to. We will update this content as soon as we are advised of new details.

Taronga Zoo

Details for 2021 are not yet available. Sign up to their newsletter to hear of any release

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 usual events will take place at the zoo this year; however, the view will be a distant one. The Diamond Reserve tickets are $600 and include a premium hamper with some drinks, entertainment and a view of the Harbour Bridge. Silver tickets on the concert lawn offer limited views and do not include a hamper but are only $200. Both tickets include access to the zoo animals until dark.

The event centre at Taronga Zoo 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.

All tickets include 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.

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. More details here

NYE at Nielsen Park

Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in Vaucluse – ($40 adults, $22 kids 5-15yrs), 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 House

NSW National Parks have released tickets for Strickland House today Dec 2.

Strickland House will have a similar view to this one taken from the beach below.

Strickland house offers excellent views of the harbour and distance views to the Opera House and the Bridge. The is a BYO event with alcohol permitted. Gates open at 5.30pm and only 1000 tickets are available. You can take the 325 bus to the venue but getting home without a car could be challenging. Tickets are $19.88 for adults $12.23 for kids, Family tickets (2A and 2 kids) $50.88 Book here

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 want a low-stress venue, this could be it. The capacity is 2500, and last year, tickets did not sell out until 27th December. 2021 Tickets are due to go on sale soon. Last year adult tickets cost $42.86 and concession tickets cost $22.45. Tickets are free for children under 5.

NYE in Bondi

No need to head to the city for your NYE fun, The Pacific Club Bondi Beach is offering an evening of premium dining. Start with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival and a 4 Course Menu specially created for just $149.

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 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

This year will be different. If you don’t have tickets you may not be able to enter Circular Quay. If you plan to be in the city you will need a plan!

Want your event on our list? Get in touch here

138 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve in Sydney 2021-2022”

  1. Hello, thanks for the tips they’re super helpful and detailed! What do you think about Observatory Hill Park? There’re free tickets available at that spot and would love to hear your views.

    • I think it’s a lovely spot to watch from although you can’t see the Opera house or front of the bridge you will likely have a barge just to the left of you and you will see the bridge fireworks very well.

  2. hey! thanks for a very detailed post! just a question, with the gold ticket for the Harbour View, can i have a good view without having to go there early to save a spot? i want to have a great view but also hang around the city as this will be my first time there and only have a few days. cheers!

    • Thanks Marcos – glad it was helpful

      It’s the first year this location has been ticketed so I don’t know however the front row spots will fill up as soon as gates open. Having said that I would expect that you will have a decent view from anywhere in the gold area. To be certain I would contact the Botanic Gardens directly.

  3. I am grateful to say that this is the best place in Sydney. Happy new year party is a very special day everyone so this place is the best in Sydney. So thanks for the great blog.

  4. Hi There,

    Awesome information. Thank you. Just wondering, the Cahill Expressway, is the walk up to the view point very steep and hard to do? or is it manageable? Thank you 🙂

  5. Hi There, we have a booking at HartsPub @ Rocks for 6pm, 2 adults, 2 kids. Can we just walk back to Circular Quay and stand anywhere we find a spot to watch the 9pm fireworks? First time in Syd. Many Thanks

    • This is very unlikely Nat. They expect bigger than usual crowds at Circular Quay this year because it is one of the few free unticketed areas this year. I would double-check with Harts for what they suggest.

  6. Hi<

    I'll be staying in George St. Tiger Hosted CBD , which vantage point is best to watch the Sydney fireworks & be able to go back to hotel easier. Thinking of Sydney Opera, Campbell's Cove, Bradfield Park Milson’s Point or Harbour Hoopla as other ticketed events/ areas are already sold out?

  7. Thanks for this great summary! We are visiting from Austria and have decided to go for Soiree over Portside as it is 150 less and they offer almost the same with (hopefully) even better views!

  8. Hi there
    I will be in Sydney for the first time from the UK this new years eve and I’m staying near Bondi Beach – I note you advised to stick to the side of the bridge you are staying on – are you able to advise which side of the bridge I will be on – being based 5 minutes from Bondi Beach. many thanks 🙂

  9. Hi, I’m a female solo traveller, the wrong side of 50, who will be on a Cruise Ship docked at White Bay Cruise Terminal. Cruise company cannot guarantee a great view of the fireworks. Never been to Sydney before, looking for best place to view….thinking on one of the boats, or Opera House. Thank you!

  10. Hi!
    We are spending NYE 2019 in Sydney and have a hotel booked in Lilyfield. There are 3 of us. Where would be the best place to view the fireworks? Unfortunately we cannot be in Sydney early enough to catch a boat for a harbour cruise, but we are willing to pay for a good view on the South side of the bridge on the Eastern side.
    Thanks for your help.
    Jim Mason.

  11. Hi! I will be at The Tank Hotel in Stream 97 Pitt Street, Central Business District, for NYE 2019-2020; what is the best location for the 9pm fireworks?

    • You can reach any of the Circular Quay locations in a 5-minute walk. If you want a free area you will need to get there by mid-afternoon at the latest. Perhaps consider Campbells Cove which is one of the lower priced events or Hickson Road if you are happy to pay a little more.

  12. HI! We are visiting for NYE from the Uk, we have heard James Squire’s landing is a great spot of the bridge and opera house but know it is a new venue and you haven’t listed it hear so unsure as to try there or not. do you know if it’d be a good spot for NYE? Thank you, may 2020 be one to remember!

    • Yes Ben Squire’s Landing does have a great view. I didn’t list it last year because it was the first time and I wanted to see how it went but I will add it shortly. It’s pricy but you are right in the thick of it.

  13. Thank you for the amazing post (and for carefully replying to all questions!)

    We are a couple spending our 1st NYE in Sydney, willing to invest in a remarkable experience. Two main criteria would be – 1) amazing view, close to the action, 2) not too crowded, with a plethora of selfie sticks. We don’t really drink so don’t care about champagne fueled parties, but a nice ambiance/music would definitely be a plus. What would you recommend?

    Huge thanks and really look forward to getting your thoughts.

  14. Hi,
    We are a couple (30’s) from the UK and are staying at the Rendezvous Hotel Central and wondered if you could recommend a few places that side of the city that would best to view the fireworks and be best to get to and from the hotel? Different options and budgets would be great to explore.
    Your website is extremely helpful.
    Many Thanks,

    • You will be able to take the train from Central to either Martin Place or Circular Quay (this closes about 5pm). Where to go depends on how much you want to spend. Campbells Cove or Dawes Point are reasonably priced. Perhaps head over to our FB group for more ideas. We have discussed this in great detail there.

  15. Hi!!!! We are 5 adults and a baby, we wanted to know if you know any cruise that is within the exclusion zone? Or is it better to go to the botanic garden?
    thank you!!!!!

    • There are several cruises that are in the inclusion zone. Take a look at the Sydney Ferries options if you are on a budget. Harbour Hoopla would also be good with a child.

  16. Watching the NYE fireworks from a friends place in Potts Point, are there any buses or trains from Kings Cross station to Domestic Station,( Budget Ibis Sydney Hotel) after the fireworks?

  17. Hi, We are visiting Sydney for the 1st time over Christmas and New year from the UK, and are staying in Parramatta. Can you tell me the best place for NYE fireworks view please ?

  18. Hi!

    We are 4 friends going to Sydney for New Years and we are trying to decide where to watch the fireworks. We are between: Campbells Cove, Mary Booth Reserve and Bradleys Head (The Amphitheatre).

    Which one do you think has a better view of the bridge?


  19. Hello we are visiting NYE 2019 and looking for a spot to watch the fireworks Southside as staying in Newtown catering for adults and an 8year old we would like to have a drink but BYO is not essential if you can buy. Originally from looking on this site which is amazing by the way I was thinking Barangaroo Reserve. But can you recommend anywhere else that we can get tickets for that we should consider not breaking the bank? Before we book here? We are traveling form the UK and not sure when we would come again?

    • Barangaroo is a good option with kids. Harbour Hoopla is also good but will set you back 10 times as much. You can’t see the Opera House but you can see most of the Harbour Bridge and two barges of fireworks are nearby. There is entertainment and affordable food. Drinks were not cheap but they are not ridiculously priced. Hickson Road and Campbells Cove are both great spots too but less space and you need to be there earlier.

      • Thank you your site is amazing, current and very informative for international visitors I have found it a great resource, keep it up. Much appreciated advice 🙂

  20. Hi
    We are staying at Sydney Sebel Apartments, 37 Victor St, Chatswood NSW 2067. Can you tell me the best place for NYE fireworks view please ?

  21. Hi There,
    Travelling to Sydney from Adelaide for NYE with my boyfriend who will be 17 at the time so we can’t attend over 18 events. Feeling very overwhelmed with all the options for nye but thank you for your blog! What would you recommend between the Harbour Hoopla, Cafe del mare rooftop party, shark island or luna park?

    • I would probably not choose Cafe del mare due to location. Harbour Hoopla has a bit of a family vibe but is great. Shark Island has great views up the harbour and usually has good music too. Luna Park usually has a good music lineup and if it allows under 18s could be a good choice

  22. Where would you recommend for a young couple (mid 20s)? Thinking maybe Cruise Bar at Circular Quay, Portside, or maybe a cruise (any you would recommend for a young couple too?), but like the look of the views from the Botanic Garden spots.

    Thanks! Found this page super helpful by the way

    • All three of these are good options, the Point in the Botanic Gardens attracts a mixed crowd and is very popular with a rock star view in my opinion. Cruise bar has a restricted view of the Opera House so take that into consideration. Another venue that only popped up last year is Squire’s Landing. I was there last night and it has an amazing view of both the icons.

  23. Hello,
    we spend New Year’s Eve 2019 in Sydney. Since we do not want to start on New Year’s Eve at 08:00 am, we consider whether we should book a harbor cruise or alternatively watch the fireworks at Midnight at the Oasis.
    But now we want to make sure that we have New Year’s Eve tickets as well. When did the sale of Midnight at the Oasis tickets start last year?

    Is there a risk that there will be no Harbor Cruise tickets when the sale of tickets for Midnight at the Oasis starts or we may not get a ticket for Midnight at the Oasis?

    Thank you very much for the information on this website

  24. This is a sensational page. Truly well done! I managed to get some tickets to the Campbells Cove area. What i am not clear on is despite it being a ticketed/controlled area will they actually close it off from everyone even ticket holders? We are only interested in the 9PM fireworks and not hanging around for hours, was hoping we could just rock up sometime before then but not too early and then leave after it. But if they close it at like 6 or 7PM we’d end up coming in for nothing. Hope you can assist..

      • Hi. We are trying to choose between Campbells Cove and Barangaroo Reserve. Which would have a better vantage point of the fireworks?

        I saw on a blog that the best would be at the front of the harbour bridge which is where the climax would be. Which is a good place for this without having to spend excessively on ticket fees

  25. Thanks for such great detail! We are considering the Harbour Rocks Hotel package – Harbour suite room/terrace. We’ve been to the hotel before, but not sure if the view from the roof is the best. Do you know? Also, you mentioned the view from the front of the bridge Is best, but I’m not sure what that means – I’m directionally challenged. :). Thank you!

    • The “front” of the bridge is the side that faces the Opera House. Your view should include the front of the bridge but I am not sure if it will be at all obstructed. Best to call the hotel to confirm I think. I think the property is a great choice.

  26. Thanks for the great summary and tips about NYE, really helpful for someone not from Sydney!

    Do you have any knowledge about the Hickson Road Reserve vantage point at the Rocks?
    My family is going there but it is hard to find info or reviews about that site (maybe goes under another name in reviews or is a new vantage point?)?

    • This is the first year this site has been ticketed. The atmosphere and the view of the Opera House are amazing. You are very close to the bridge so depending on the wind it could get a little smokey.

  27. Hi Sydney Expert,

    Absolutely fantastic blog and its been so helpful.

    So I’m trying to decide between Portside, Opera Bar and Cruise Bar.

    I used to live in, and I’m bringing a friend over from London to experience NYE in Sydney for the first time. I previously experienced NYE in the Garden in 2016 which was brilliant in terms of views (minus all the other problems). I’m struggling to pick an event that will give us the most bang for our buck, each from what I see has their pros & cons, so I’m struggling to whittle it down, any suggestions would be appreciated.


  28. Hi how are you?? I will be in Sydney for Nye and stAying at holiday inn darling harbor any suggestions close by that hotel ? Would love a cruise we are 4 adults budget around 200 to 300 each

    • Hi, There are very few cruises at that price point. Have a look at the Fast Ferry and Sydney ferries BYO cruises. You only go out for one of the two shows for that price generally, you choose between the 9pm or the midnight.

  29. Hi there, I would like to propose to my partner on NYE… so looking for a vantage point with good views of at least harbour bridge but preferably also the opera house, intimate setting. One thing is that we will have to be able to reach the location and get in between 10pm and 11pm, since we will be with friends/family outside the city for the 9pm fireworks…
    Do you have any suggestions for us? Thanks very much!

    • an intimate setting with a view of the bridge on NYE is almost impossible. Do you have a budget? Perhaps you could book a water taxi? It would not be cheap though. Any harbourside location will be jam-packed with people. I suggest you post this question in our Facebook Group and see if anyone has any ideas. I live on the city side of the bridge and I cannot think of a single spot.

  30. Paula,

    This is such a useful page – I’ve recently moved to Sydney and have been looking for a comprehensive guide on NYE for ages, thank you so much for putting all the hard work in!

    In your opinion, is it worth paying a bit more to secure a drinks / food package at the ticketed events?


    • Hi Will, I am not sure if you mean a ticketed area generally or an add-on food and beverage package for specific events.. I think it really depends on how long you are prepared to sit around and wait for the action to begin. The ticketed events mean you are likely able to turn up in the late afternoon or early evening and score a prime position. Alternatively, you would have to be at one of the free areas by early afternoon at the latest for prime position. As for the F&B packages – those really depend on the individual events.

  31. Hello Sydney Expert! Really like all the advise on your post…but I’m still confused about the best place to go for my family. We will be visiting from Los Angeles and staying at Meriton Suites World Tower (near Hyde Park). Our kids are 15 and 17 and we are a non-drinking family. What do you recommend please? We are prepared to go to a paid for location.

  32. Hi Paula, my wife and I are mid-30s and we will be on our honeymoon in Sydney. We are staying on the Royal Botanic Gardens side of the bridge. We are trying to decide between the following parties: NYE Portside, Opera Bar, Sydney Observatory, Pirama Park Pyrmont, Sydney Harbor Tall Ships and Fusion Cruises. We were leaning towards NYE Portside, but was hoping you might have a suggestion. Thanks!

    • Hi Tom Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. From your list, I would choose Portside or the Tallship. The view from Pirama is just not the same as seeing the action up close. It’s not a bad spot but not jaw-dropping.

  33. Hi Paula, amazing blog. Thank you.
    My wife and my 2 kids (16 & 15) are coming from Argentina to enjoy NYE at Sydney. We’d love to spend the night watching the fireworks as well as enjoy a MUSIC party (dance, reggae, pop type music) and get dinner. Where would you recommend we go considering South or West side of the Harbour? We don’t mind crowds and our budget is about 600 p.person. There a few places you suggest that seem great (Mrs Macquaries Pt, Midnight at the Oasis) but are for adults only.
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Pablo,
      Where are you staying? This will help determine which event I recommend as crossing back over the harbour can be a long process after the event is over. Harbour Hoopla at the Botanic Gardens is an all ages event as are the National Park Islands, Clark and Shark – these 2 islands have music too.
      If you are on FB come and join our group – there is so much discussion on this topic already it will save you heaps of time.

      • thanks Paula. We’ll be staying at Novotel Darling Harbour, so we are looking for something on the same side of the harbour (I figure South or West sides would meet that). Clark & Shark islands seem too far away.

      • Dear Sydney expert
        I was hoping to go to Luna park but did not realise it was over 18s only. At this late stage, where can I go with a party of 8 including 4 teenagers. Budget is limited.

      • Hi Caroline with a limited budget perhaps Barangaroo is your best choice. This year also several previously unticketed areas have been changed to ticketed to help manage crowds but will remain free. Check the Official NYE Sydney council website – Campbell’s Cove in the Rocks is one of the new ticketed spots that might be a good option.

  34. Hi Paula, thanks for writing such an amazing and accurate review of the Sydney NYE.
    My family is coming over from overseas, we are 3 couples, my parents, sister and partner, and my 13 old nephew.
    I’m torn in between a few options, our budget it’s around $400.
    After reading your blog, I’m between, Clarke Island, Taronga Zoo Gold, also the Harbourview Hotel in North Sydney (not in your review), or even the Manly Ferry.
    We live close to Manly, which one would you go for?
    I’d love if you can assist me on this one!

    • The ferry will have you closest to the action from that list, Taronga Zoo gold would be a good option too. If you are based in Manly I would choose one of those two for ease of getting home.

  35. Hi Paula,

    Thanks for this amazing detailed list. I want to spend NYE with my 1yo, husband and my mum but just not sure about the best spot for us. I had a look on Lawn with a view at Botanic Gardens, Bradleys Head (Amphitheatre) or Taronga Zoo (Gold tickets). Which one do you think is better or anything else I’ve missed on the list, please? Thanks again!

    • Hi Gabby, which side of the harbour are you staying on? I would not cross the harbour with a small child if I could avoid it as it adds a lot of time to your return trip home.

  36. Hi there We are 1st timers in Sydney over New Year and staying in Darling Harbour can you advise what is the best vantage point or restaurant/party to view fireworks within walking distance
    your information is very helpful thank you

    • Hi Marie
      Barangaroo would be a good spot for you if you want an outdoors picnic style event. Tickets have been under $50 in previous years and you can buy food at the event. Alternatively, you could try the Star Casino who will be hosting a few events. Many of the restaurants in Darling Harbour have their own NYE dinners and there are fireworks in Darling Harbour itself but you can not see the Opera House or Harbour Bridge from these.

  37. Hi there, we have reserved some spaces on a cruise (pending payment depending on where the vessel will be placed on the night). It looks like the council have released who will be in the Harbour of Light parade on their website, however the company are saying they are still waiting on the decision. We have visitors over so really only want to be somewhere between the bridge & the opera house. I don’t suppose you could advise whether we should look into another boat? (would rather not as it is a good price compared to others, and it is listed in your ‘NYE Cruises’ so seems legit!) Thank-you very much!

    • Only a few of the Harbour of Light parade boats seemed to have been named so I would assume that the company you are dealing with are still waiting for confirmation. I have only listed trusted companies on this page so you should be safe. I would give them a little more time.

  38. I’m going to Australia for the first time over NYE and this is so helpful. Thank you so much for this information!

  39. Hey, I am hoping to visit Sydney for new years and was wondering if it would be cheaper to stay outside the CBD and get a taxi on the night or stay central for one night?

    • Hi Poly Taxis on NYE are very very rare. Rideshares like Uber and Ola surge at crazy prices. I would factor public transport into your plans as really it’s the only way and it’s busy and safe. How far our are you thinking of staying? Anywhere on the suburban train network would be fine for travelling home. It will be very difficult to find a room in the CBD for one night only as many have minimum stays and those that don’t will be booked out.

  40. Hey,
    I have a question about viewing the fireworks. Is it also possible to not enter any of the areas (free or paid), and to just stand somewhere on a random spot to view the fireworks? This because we do not feel much for entering an area really early, but prefer to just go to the city and view the fireworks from a random point. However, I cannot find anywhere if this is possible.

    • Yes you can just stand on the street and have a view of some of the fireworks. However, anywhere with a view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House will attract a crowd. I would suggest Bradfield Park. Bradfield Park under the northern side of the Harbour Bridge is a good spot to turn up later in the night.

  41. Hello,

    Thank you for this great article. Me along with my wife and my 3 year old son would be visiting Sydney especially for NYE and have already booked our hotels in CDB. I believe RBG is the most convenient location and Harbour Hoopla would be a good event. We have also registered at the link at RBG website. However, we are not sure if the pre-sale has started would would it start later. Any guess by when you it be available.


  42. Hi! Planning to be in Sydney for a week during NYE 2018. Going with my husband and 2 kids (6&5yo).
    Best time to book a hotel? Area? All the hotels right now have a no-money-back policy (Pay now full amount!). Would be too risky to wait another 6 months? Also where can we spend NYE with small children… Any child friendly location/restaurant?

    • Hi Marcela There is no need to book yet. I would wait until after Easter at least. What do you need from your hotel? I would seriously consider the YHA at the Rocks. They have family rooms and you can watch the fireworks from their rooftop terrace. If you are considering a hotel room with a view you will be looking at a minimum 3-5 night booking and at least $500 a night for a budget hotel with no view and way over that if you want a view. I am working on a post of the best hotels for NYE at the moment that I hope to publish early February. Keep your eyes out for it and perhaps join our Facebook Community, several members shared their NYE experiences there this year.

  43. Hi! Your information is super helpful. We spent NYE on our boat in Sydney Harbour in Farm Cove. Super fantastic view. Question for you; there were kayakers in Farm Cove for the fireworks. How would one go about getting out in a kayak?

  44. Hi Sydney Expert,wrt capacity/room for an estimated crowd at the free venues, would they be gated and people getting denied entry? I experienced that Circular Quay one year and ended up not getting a view of the fireworks as I was kept outside the gate and the only view was Cahill Expressway which blocked the view of the whole bridge and harbour. In particular, I am thinking of going to Blue Point Reserve this year.

    • Hi Michelle, not sure where my previous response went – I have been travelling with sketchy internet so my apologies as I thought this response had saved. Blue Point Reserve fills quickly each year with many people arriving there first thing in the morning. The capacity here is Capacity 15,000 and it reached that at 6pm last year. With NYE on a weekend this year I expect it will fill earlier. Bradfield Park is a good back up plan as it did not reach capacity until 11pm.

  45. Hi,
    Thanks for this page it has been so useful. My wife and I will be travelling from the UK for a short 7 day stay in Sydney so that we can see the fireworks and your site has helped me such much. I have one question though as I am torn between 2 locations, the Aria or the Opera Kitchen. I have been leaning a bit towards the Aria as we would like a sit down meal but am slightly concerned the view might be obscured after looking at the website. Would you have a preference of which one might be best?


    • Hi Ray So glad it has been helpful. I would probably choose Aria but honestly either would be a great night out. Enquire directly with Aria regarding the view but I imagine they will keep the Bridge end of the restaurant as standing space for everyone to gather for the fireworks show.

  46. Hi Paula
    As a Pommie who has never been to Aus before, info like this is really invaluable, cheers 🙂
    We are a family of 3 with an 8 year old boy staying in Camperdown for NYE. Whilst keen for the adults to able to celebrate with a drink or 2, we are conscious that keeping an 8yr old occupied for the afternoon until the late show might be quite a challenge.
    Would appreciate if you could give some suggestions that will keep both old and young occupied in the south with a great view too

  47. Hello Paula,
    This such wonderful information! We’re traveling to Sydney for NYE with our 11 year old; booked at a hotel in Circular Quay but now torn between keeping the room with a view or splashing out on the Hoopla or Lawn party. What do you recommend?

    • Personally I would keep the room with a view and splash out on great wine and fancy food 🙂 Either Hoopla or the Lawn Party will have great atmosphere but the food and the lines at Hoopla can be disappointing for some.

  48. Hi
    Thanks for all the useful info on here. We are a couple from the UK, in our 50’s, who happen to be flying into Sydney on NYE at 7.30pm..and want to book accommodation somewhere in the city, with the hope of still being able to see some fireworks… Are we being unrealistic given we will probably not be in the taxi from the airport until around 9pm!

    • Hi, Catherine firstly if you have not already booked your accommodation do so as soon as you can. By far the easiest option will be if your hotel has a rooftop or view. Lots of the main areas are full by 9 pm, but then a lot of families head home after the 9 pm show so it can be easier to get a spot at 10 pm. Let me know where you are planning to stay, and I will make some recommendations based on that. Also feel free to join our FB community where you can pick the brains of a bunch of locals. You can join here

  49. I found your page whilst starting my research on a first time trip to Australia with limited time but for me NYE Sydney was a must. Very useful info .. torn between a tall ship experience and the Opera house.. but found the comment about booking a hotel on the same side to avoid crossing bridge useful though need to work out my geography now.. as a specific any additional ideas for the solo traveller ?

  50. This is very helpful, thank you! Question about transport- are there ways to reserve a car service to/from the harbor if you’re doing a cruise or how do you recommend getting back to your hotel/arinbnb after the evening?

    • Hi Alex
      Glad you found the page useful. The streets around Circular Quay will be closed from mid afternoon on New Year’s Eve until early the next morning. You will most likely need to walk back to a meeting place determined by your car service. Uber and Taxis are very hard to find on this night, so I would recommend having a booking if this is important to you. Trains at Circular Quay station also stop for a few hours as the crush if it was opened would be just too dangerous. I would follow the advice of the car service company as they will be familiar with the road closures.

  51. Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair is not recommended for someone wanting to see the fireworks. Too many trees obscure the view. Great if you want to party with your friends though.

    • Hi Dave Thanks for raising this, you are right it seems Mrs Macquarie’s chair has turned into party central – I suspect this increased this year due to the fact most of the other free Harbour vantage points were alcohol-free. Certainly, something to keep in mind for next year and I will update my article to reflect this. If you get there early, it’s still a great view, but later arrivals will find you stuck under the trees.

  52. You are absolutely amazing! Thank you for putting this together and replying to everyone as well! Just a quick question what would the atmosphere be like at cruise bar (if you’ve been there) do they have a capacity limit (to allow for breathing space)? And also would it be impossible to find a table to sit at etc? Looking to have a chilled out time rather then a “hard party” style.


  53. Hi, I have got tickets for the Cahill expressway as well. Any tips on how to make the most of them and also what may be the best location? Thanks

    • Hi Andrea How did you find the Cahill? We arrived in time to get a front row spot not far from the elevator and were really happy with our view of the Harbour Bridge. We were not able to see the Opera House at all – that end of the road was really packed and we decided as locals it was not such a big deal for us. The bridge is more of a focus but it would certainly have been much better to have been more towards the western end of the road.

  54. Thanks for your useful info.

    Do you know when all those alcohol free zones got out in place? It’s such an embarrassment. Sydney must be the only city in the world where alcohol is banned in public parks on New Year’s Eve.
    Do you think the authorities in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro care about 1 million people drinking on one beach?

    I remember in the early 2000s we were free to drink in Sydney parks while watching the fireworks.

    • Hi Daniel It seems the alchol free zones are increasing every year. I think it really started increasing about 3 years ago and it’s gotten to the point of being ridiculous in my opinion. Sad you can’t see in the New Year with a glass of bubbly!

  55. We are visiting Sydney from Europe for NYE and want to see the fireworks at 9pm with the kids! How early should we tealistiscally get there to get a good spot? Any idea?

    • Hi Mari
      It depends on where you are planning to watch from. The areas closest to the Opera House and the Bridge will fill quite early. Last year many were nearing capacity at 3 pm. If you are heading to Mrs Macquaries Point, for example, I would aim to be there in line by midday. Bradfield Park and Milsons Point seem to be OK until later in the day. Areas a little further out or without an Opera House view are a little slower filling up. I would head to the city around lunchtime to be sure of a good spot. The heat this year might make some people reconsider sitting out in the sun all day. Also, this is the first year they have locked down all open harbour spaces until 8 am NYE morning meaning you won’t have people camping out overnight for the best spots. Not sure yet what effect that will have. Also being a Saturday fewer people will be working so can come in earlier. So many variables, it is hard to predict. The Official NYE website gives details on how soon the city council expect each area to fill. Wherever you end up, I hope you have a fabulous evening!

      • Hi again! Thank you form your reply! We’ve been looking at the maps and reading about the vantage points and I think we’ll be heading to pirrama park, which is walking distance from where we are staying!

  56. Hi,
    Can you give a small insight on the harbour hoopla… as that is still available for sale on the NYE official website

    • I think Harbour Hoopla is selling a little slowly this year because another operator ran that space last year and it was a disaster – bad food, long lines and very bad set up. This year the Royal Botanic Gardens have taken back the space, and I expect it will be managed as well as their other events that have been running successfully for year. You have a fantastic view from this spot, so I would certainly consider it.

  57. Hey! Thanks for the nice tips. Are you sure if it’s really okay to bring your own alcohol to birchgrove or Balmain? Because on the official Sydney nye site they said it’s prohibited…

    • Hi Lars
      I have just checked, and it appears you are correct. All the Balmain sites are now alcohol-free. I am sorry for the error and have updated the page. It’s a shame that they restricted BYP in so many places as it makes it an expensive night out if you have to buy them from the bars on site.

  58. Hi. Thank you so much for the information. I just found out that the tickets for the Foundation and friends picnic at the Mare and Foal Lawn at Botanical gardens are still available. This is my first time in Australia. We are trying to decide between the Harbour Hoopla and the Foundation and Friends picnic. In your opinion which of these events would offer the best view for NYE.

    Also is there a local Facebook or ticket sales page where people may post tickets to the other sold out parties at the botanical gardens. Thank you!

  59. Thank you so much for writing this. I just wish I had found this sooner. My friend and I are trying to decide between seeing the fireworks from Mrs Macquarie’s Point or the Harbour Hoopla. Does the Harbour Hoopla offer the same views as Mrs Macqurie’s Point. Thanks!

    • The view from Mrs Macquaries Point is of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge almost side by side. It is probably my favourite view of Sydney. If you are considering the free area you would want to be there very early in the day to score a prime position. The view from Hoopla is from just above the Opera House with the Harbour Bridge to the side. From either spot you can see both clearly if you are in a good position.

  60. Hi,

    First of all thanks for the effort.
    We are a group of 20 people around 25 years old. We like hip-hop, Techno/electro, reggaeton/latin, club music, etc.
    We want to go on a cruise on NYE, but we dont want to pay too much. Under 150AUS$ would be great. You know anything like that?

    Thanks you,


  61. Hi there

    We are hosting two ticketed NYE events – one at the Sydney Observatory and one at the Australian Museum. Would love to be included/listed on your website if possible.


  62. Hello, thanks for your tips!
    Is there any place with a party for people around 30, that you could recommend? You talk about a couple of clubs in DarlingHarbour, but don´t mention any name.

    • Hi Raquel
      It’s hard to say without knowing your musical taste 🙂 The bars along King Street Wharf usually have parties, places like Cargo Bar and King St Brewhouse. There will also be parties at The Star Casino venues. Depending on your budget you could check out Opera Bar ($$$$) or Luna Park’s Harbour Party ($$-$$$) with tickets starting at $139pp but the best bet would probably be a search of the Moshtix website which sells many of the NYE parties in Sydney.

  63. New Year’s Eve in Sydney must be EPIC! Especially the warm weather makes it a little more enticing to be outside to celebrate!


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