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.
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.
- Frequently asked questions about NYE in Sydney
- Sydney Harbour Fireworks Vantage Points
- Vantage Points around Circular Quay and The Rocks
- Fireworks Viewing on the Southside of Sydney Harbour
- Fireworks Viewing Points on the Northside of the Harbour
- Bradley’s Head
- Viewing the NYE Fireworks on the West of the Harbour
- New Year’s Eve 2021 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
- New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruises in Sydney
- New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House 2021
- Dining with a view of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve 2021
- NYE in The Rocks
- NYE Parties in Sydney 2021
- New Year’s Eve outside the city centre.
- Accessible Areas – Wheelchair access for the NYE Fireworks
- NYE in Sydney in a Nutshell
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? This year it’s time to find a friend with a harbour view 😉
- 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?
- What are the zones this year?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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)
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.
- 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.
- 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
Gold all ages $150 | Silver adult $40 (18+yrs) | Silver child (3-17yrs) $25 (all tickets also attract an $8.65 booking fee)
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.
- 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.
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)
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)
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!
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.
Find out more or book tickets for Portside here.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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 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!
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