Sydney New Year’s Eve outside the CBD

Almost all NYE celebrations for 2020 have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Our advice is to book a NYE cruise or restaurant package or stay home and watch it on TV! Bring on 2021

Celebrating New Years in Sydney outside the CBD is not a bad idea, particularly if crowds are not your thing or you have little kids or you have seen the harbour NYE fireworks before. This year there are plenty of things going on in the suburbs. Here is my pick of NYE fireworks and celebration outside the city centre. If this sounds like a crazy idea to you then check out all the city NYE options on my other post


Coogee Sparkles

Randwick council put on a great show on the beach at Coogee Beach. Make a day of it with a swim, sunset picnic and 9pm fireworks show. The fireworks are let off from Dunningham Reserve at the North of Coogee Beach. You can get a great view from Clovelly to the north or Trenerry Reserve at the south end of Coogee Beach.

If you want to keep on partying there are several nearby bars or you could even take a bus into the city for the main midnight show. The show here begins at 9pm and will run for 15-20 minutes.

Check out the 2012 show here.

Where: Coogee Beachfront
When: 9pm – get there early for a good spot. Lots of nearby restaurants and shops for dinner or supplies.


Brighton Le Sands

The show here is impressive. Three barges are located in Botany Bay for this 15-minute show. I live nearby and have seen the NYE fireworks at Brighton several times, this really is an excellent option for anyone with small kids or not really up for the big city events. 

Last year almost 100,000 people lined the beachfront but there is still plenty of room as you can watch them anywhere along the 8km long Lady Robinson Beach. Beach BBQs and take away fish and chips are usually the way to go. 

If you are coming into Sydney for the city fireworks and have missed out on a hotel room in the city the Novotel at Brighton might be a good alternative – watch the 9pm show here and then head in by train to the city for the late show. It’s only a 20-minute train ride so getting home is pretty easy. If you take your car, check the map in the link below because parking gets pretty challenging right along the beach.

Where: Beachfront at Brighton Le Sands.
When: 9pm show only
More: Details on their Facebook event page


The Newport Arms Hotel.

It’s a long way to the city fireworks from the Northern Beaches and the Newport Arms huge beer garden party is a good reason to reconsider the journey to the big smoke. This is an over 18’s event with great viewing of 2 fireworks shows (9pm and midnight). Apparently, the beer garden here is the biggest in the country, not sure if that is true but it’s certainly big. It is also the prettiest one I have ever visited. With an outdoor dance floor and 5+ hours of music, this is a very good option for those living north who want to party the year away. They are also offering free transport home (in the area).

Check out last year’s event and see if it’s for you.

Where: Newport Arms Hotel, 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
When: 7pm-2am – Fireworks 9pm and Midnight



This is probably the best NYE event for kids. Entertainment begins at 7pm with Peppa Pig among others. There is a 9pm and a midnight fireworks how and the night wraps up with 20 minutes of rock after the midnight fireworks show. This is an alcohol-free event.

Where: Koshigaya Park, corner of Camden Road and Hurley Street, Campbelltown.
When: 9pm and Midnight

Have you got a favourite spot outside the city to watch the fireworks?

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