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: 16 October 2021
The 9pm fireworks are now back on. Previously cancelled Sydney City Council has now agreed to host the 9pm show. The midnight show is also business as usual!
- Frequently asked questions about NYE in Sydney
- Sydney Harbour Fireworks Vantage Points
- New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruises in Sydney
- Dining with a view of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve 2021
- New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House 2021
- New Year’s Eve 2021 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
- NYE in The Rocks
- Concerts and Parties on NYE in Sydney 2021
- New Year’s Eve in the Sydney Harbour National Park and Harbour Islands
- New Year’s Eve outside the city.
- 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 this year are not yet available. As soon as this is released we will update this section.
Planning your trip to a free fireworks viewing point
The main thing to know is that the city is usually very crowded on NYE, lots of roads are closed, and most people travel by public transport. Buses and trains will be full and moving around the city between 8 pm, and 1 am quite 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.
- On NYE, they update this information in real-time. Given the fireworks will be run by the NSW State Government this year, I am not sure if the website will be up and running.
- 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 be able 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.
Fireworks Viewing Points on the Northside of the Harbour
There were some changes on this side of the harbour for 2019-20. 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 mostly 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 both 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 this year 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!
Fireworks Viewing on the Southside of Sydney Harbour
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
This was once my favourite spot; however, these days I am not so sure. The reserve is free, but it fills up early and closes by 2 pm most years. The capacity is 13,500, and while the site officially opens at 10 am, people line up from before dawn. BYO is not permitted so bring $$$ if you want to drink.
Read my review of 2011 NYE at Mrs Macquarie’s Point if you are thinking of heading here. This area was full (1:30 pm) 31/12/18
Please note: I have not spent NYE here for 5 years so consider more current reviews that have been less positive. Things like restricted views because the trees have grown to cover much of the space and a very full-on party atmosphere due to the popularity of backpackers means this may not be the right place for everyone.
Sydney Opera House Free Area
Any free area around the Opera House is beyond hectic on NYE. It’s a great view, but this is THE most crowded place you can imagine, however, if you don’t mind crowds the buzz here is incredible.
The area that is not ticketed opens at 7.30 am and has a capacity of 7000. Camping out is not permitted. Alcohol is on sale (no byo).
In 2018 the non-ticketed area was full by 11 am. For that reason, it is worth checking out the full range of ticketed areas outlined below if you want to be near the Opera House.
East Circular Quay
Bridge view only and another completely alcohol-free area. This site is free, but it is also ticketed this year. Gates will open at 10 am so even with tickets you will still have to get here early for the best spots.
This is the roadway that runs above Circular Quay Station. On NYE they close the road and turn it into a fabulous viewing point. Tickets are free, but it is a ballot process. The ballot is technically for Australian residents although the year I was there I met many visitors.
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. The ballot is open now.
Campbells Cove in the Rocks
Campbells Cove puts you right in the heart of the action. This area has a fantastic view of the Opera House and a good view of the bridge for most. The site has a capacity of 8000 and tickets cost $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Campbell’s Cove is an alcohol-free zone. There is also no shade, so bringing sunscreen is advised.
Hickson Road Reserve
This is the grassed area directly to the front of the Hyatt Hotel where the palm trees are. There is capacity for 2000 people, and the site will open at 5 pm. Tickets were $125 per adults and $62.50 for kids. Hampers are for sale — Drinks will be on sale but there is no byo alcohol allowed.
This is the park under the Harbour Bridge. It has very close views of the Bridge and excellent views of the Opera House and remains a free and unticketed area this year. The space will open at 12.30pm and has a capacity of 38,000. Last year it reached capacity at 8 pm and is expected to do so again around that time this year. Note this area is an alcohol-free zone.
The best option for late arrivals did not fill until 10.30pm last year. There are limited Harbour Bridge views and no view of the Opera House but there is a great party atmosphere.
McKell Park, Darling Point
Opens at midday, alcohol-free, byo picnic, space for 1000, this site mostly attracts locals.
Christison Park, Vaucluse
A local park with fabulous, but distant harbour views. Gates 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. Adult tickets cost $42.86 and concession tickets cost $22.45. Tickets are free for children under 5.
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. Adult tickets cost $41.80 in 2019
Elkington Park, Balmain
Free site, no glass or alcohol. Good family-friendly place. No views of the Opera House or Harbour Bridge. Great fireworks views but restricted views of the city. Capacity 3000.
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, capacity for 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. Capacity for 40,000 people here. They have fireworks, but in my opinion, it’s just not the same, and I do not recommend it for first-time visitors.
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 about 9.20pm after the first round of fireworks, many of the vessels on the water turn on their lights and parade up and down the harbour until the midnight fireworks. This is called the Harbour of Light parade. With the 9pm fireworks cancelled for 2021 we are unsure how this will work this year however in the past the best reason for being on these boats is that they have the best vantage points for the midnight show so keep your eye out for details on this.
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 is 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 under the fireworks, then you are looking at somewhere between $250 and A$600 per person for 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 meal and premium drinks.
This is a great way to experience Sydney on NYE if you can afford it. Just do your homework and make sure you chose 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 like 5 hours of dance music.
Captain Cook Cruises – 2021-22 Tickets on sale now
Captain Cook will have three vessels on the harbour this year. Their flagship, the MV Sydney 2000, Captain Cook 3 and the John Cadman 2 so let’s go through what’s on offer on each vessel. Note, all cruises depart from King Street Wharf at Darling Harbour and offer individual seating. I have dined on all three of these boats and would happily book again.
The Flagship the MV Sydney 2000 has three decks with different offerings
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 $1099 (Earlybird)
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 $799 ($1099 full price)
Other cruise options
- Majestic Cruises have two cruises, a 5-course sit-down dinner for $900 (no kids under 7yrs).
- A Bella Vista Glassboat cruise offers great views indoors or out this 6-hour cruise leaves from the casino wharf and offers a buffet, open bar, DJ and is a Harbour of Light vessel. $799
- 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. $825
- Quayside Charters – Have the My Way for $798 – large rooftop deck and a generous buffet and drinks package.
- Sydney Harbour Tall Ships – Inside the exclusion zone, two boats usually on sale – include dinner, drinks and live music $949 pp
- The Sydney Heritage Fleet Waratah – Expressions of interest are now being taken here – BYO dinner, snacks and beverage $500 each.
- 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.
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 Sydney 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!
Capping off a year of unknown, many of the detail around this year’s event are not yet available. We are not even certain that the usual venues will be open. As soon as we hear we will update these below.
Events will be added as details become available. Check each listing below for more information. If you still can’t decide after reading all this, you are welcome to pop over to our Sydney Expert Facebook Group and ask any specific questions you might have.
New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House 2021
From the free viewing area on East Circular Quay to the Opera Australia performance and after party there is lots of options for watching the Sydney NYE fireworks from the Opera House.
Opera Australia hosts the NYE party at the Opera House. After having to cancel 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 interval, and the Midnight Party. Alternatively, you can book the performance and midnight party for $788
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
Opera Bar tickets have now gone on sale. I love Opera Bar; it’s the ultimate outdoor venue for NYE on the harbour. This year tickets are $450pp and include unlimited food. There will be multiple food stalls and no limit to how many times you visit.
Local performers will keep you entertained and a Covid safe dance floor will be available. Drinks are not included. Doors open 6:00pm and the event concludes at 1:30am.
I reviewed NYE at Opera Bar after my visit several years back. It was a great night. You will need to get there really early if you want a seat as it is limited. Doors open at 6 pm.
Opera Kitchen will host a 2020 NYE Event. Located just along from Opera Bar you will find the same great view, especially from the upper tables.
Hot Dub Time Machine will head the entertainment performing from 10pm-midnight. Two types of tickets are on sale, a VIP seating at $700pp which includes a 4-hour drink package (selected signature cocktails, wine, sparkling, beer & soft drinks) and a rolling feast of charcuterie & cheese on arrival, hot & cold canapes/tapas including Australian seafood,
followed by main course & dessert and a glass of French Champagne to toast at midnight. The general ticket is $450 and includes 3hrs of tapas and reserved seating. Drinks are not included.
Bennelong will 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.
For many more choices see our main NYE Restaurant Packages page.
New Year’s Eve 2021 in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
There has been no announcement about the NYE access to the Botanic Gardens for 2021 as yet. 16/10/21
The Point (Mrs Macquaries Point)
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 5:30pm and 7:30pm, and the party ends at 1 am.
- Funk, soul & reggae-influenced music
- Price includes two free drinks – extra drinks from a cash bar
- 3-course meal – you collect from international food stalls
- 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.
If anyone is feeling generous or needs a plus one I am available 🙂 This is one of the first Gardens areas to sell out.
Midnight at the Oasis
Located at the First Fleet Steps south of Mrs Macquarie’s Point this site offers excellent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge together. They almost look like they are sitting one in front of the other. Entry is between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Key points:
- Reserved dining table seating – book early for groups
- Tickets include a three-course meal and a midnight snack.
- Drinks are not included – so it might not be the best bet if you want to drink the night away as prices are $$$
- Live entertainment
- This is an adult-only event.
Cost: Tickets cost A$460 and sold out in mid/late December last year. I think this event is a great value considering the location.
Lawn with a view
A family-friendly event located on Bennelong lawn outside Government House and directly above the Sydney Opera House – a box seat view. Entry is between 7 pm and 9 pm.
- Very popular – in 2018 this was one of the first areas to sell out.
- No entertainment other than the music that goes with the fireworks
- All-ages event
- Mobility assistance is available the site is wheelchair accessible
Cost: $360 + booking fee
A circus-themed event held on the lawn above the Opera House. Entry is between 6 pm and 8 pm, and the party ends at 1.30am.
- Picnic style meal and water – no food or drinks may be bought into the event.
- Cash bar – You must buy all drinks (other than water) on site.
- Roving entertainment, circus-themed games and photo booth.
- There were great reviews for the 2019 event from several of our Sydney Expert community members.
Cost: $350 (incl GST) + booking fee.
NYE Garden Party at The Calyx
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.
For all the Botanic Gardens events, it is best to buy your tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment. These events are very well run and get excellent feedback.
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
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.
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
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
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 2020 three ticket packages were on offer:
Level 1 – $299 will get you access to level 1 of Cruise Bar and a 4-hour food package
Level 2 – $329 will get you to level 2’s Junk Lounge with a 4-hour food package and 3 hours of drinks.
Level 3 – $459 and you will enjoy the Roof Top experience, a true VIP experience with a special 4-hour food package, 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 3-hour beverage and grazing platters for $395 per person.
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
NYE at Pier One Sydney
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
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.
There are 5 ticket options starting from $399 right up to $3990 for a private pier booth.
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.
Concerts and Parties on NYE in Sydney 2021
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
If you would prefer something a little more structured for your evening, you could try one of these fabulous venues.
A New Year’s Eve “Mask-erade”
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
Don your finest mask and prepare for an evening of fine food and wine with a trip to the roof for the NYE fireworks show.
Tickets include food, a 5-course degustation menu 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 $449 (+ booking fee)
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
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. Tables of 6-10 guests, $595 per person.
If you are flush with funds, you can book a two-night stay at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. This will be an adults-only stay with pricing, which includes 2 nights accommodation and NYE dinner from $2,998 per couple in a Bushland Room.
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.
Harbour Party at Luna Park
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
Harbour Party is a little different this year. Unlimited rides, roaming entertainers, and family-friendly possibly one of the best value family events on offer. Tickets are $149 and almost sold out.
Details for 2021 are not yet available.
This over 18s event held on the grounds of the Sydney Observatory is a key fundraiser for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. This cocktail party features DJs and a photo booth to help you celebrate while you wait for the skies to light up. Tickets are $325 and include a substantial finger food package and beverages (French Champagne, red and white wines, beer, cider and soft drinks) More details
New Year’s Eve in the Sydney Harbour National Park and Harbour Islands
Another of the main organisers with no tickets on sale or events announced yet – we are not sure if this will go ahead in the same format as past years. As soon as we hear anything to the contrary, we will update the details below.
Sydney Harbour National Park encompasses a substantial part of the harbour foreshore and three harbour islands. These sites are ticketed to control numbers and are relatively well priced considering the views they offer. Children under five yrs are generally free at the National Park venues but check booking conditions for each location. There are usually two ferry times for arrival and departure, and you choose these when you book your tickets.
Clark Island Garden Party
Clark Island is the closest of the islands to the Harbour Bridge and has excellent bridge views but offers restricted views of the Opera House as Garden Island blocks it.
- Entertainment includes a DJ (DJ Paul Guy)
- Tickets include food (a three-course meal, consisting of canapés and a cocktail on arrival, a choice of main and dessert) & one drink.
- Cash bar for buying extra drinks.
- Capacity is 480 people making it a great way to avoid crowds.
- Ferries will depart near Circular Quay at 6 pm and 6:45 pm.
Cost: $410.45 for adults, $252.43 for kids (5-15 years), children under 5 are free.
Shark Island Party
Shark Island is perfectly positioned with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge directly down the harbour.
- Entertainment includes DJs (LUEN, Recess DJs) playing a range of house, disco, funk and soul music on the dancefloor
- Tickets do not include food or drinks, and no BYO food or alcohol is permitted.
- Capacity is 780 people.
Cost: $247. 33 for adults, $175.97 for kids, children under 5 are free.
Note: Ferries to Shark Island will depart from Rose Bay Wharf. You can also take a bus from the city to reach the wharf but be prepared for a long trip back to town after the event. When we went, it took us over 1.5 hours to get back to the city.
Goat Island Picnic
BYO Picnic – $216.64 adults and $145.28 kids 5-15 yrs. A small island located directly west of the Bridge and almost entirely in line with it. You have a fantastic view of the bridge itself although you do miss out on the light display on the front of the Bridge.
New Year’s Eve outside the city.
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
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 in 2019 $39 for adults $23 for kids
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.
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. $89 for adults and $45 for kids two-hour seatings from 7pm to 8pm. More details here
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 my last 4 NYE outings 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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