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New Year's Eve in Sydney

Inspire: Sydney New Year's Eve

Sydney New Year’s Eve is renowned globally as one of the most spectacular events in the world. Join us as we celebrate the New Year with our famous fireworks display set against glittering Sydney Harbour.

Every year we create a new theme and invite a Creative Ambassador to bring the theme to life through their own vision. This makes every Sydney New Year’s Eve unique.

The theme for 2014 is Inspire - a word that symbolises Sydney. Sydney inspires with its iconic beaches and stunning Sydney Harbour, and vibrant and diverse culture. Sydney inspires people from around the world to visit and explore, and inspires some to create new lives here.

This year’s Creative Ambassador is actor Jack Thompson AM PhD, a legendary figure of Australian cinema.

Under the theme of Inspire, Jack will introduce the many stories ‘inspired by Sydney’ for 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve. These stories will include some of Jack’s own tales inspired by the city, as well as those of other notable Sydneysiders and lesser-known locals.

Jack’s affinity with the city he grew up in, combined with his reputation as one of this country’s most accomplished storytellers, makes him an inspired choice to bring the 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve theme to life.

Whether you join the 1.6 million visitors on the Sydney Harbour Foreshore or the millions watching the fireworks on TV around the globe, join us as we welcome in the New Year with our world-famous fireworks display on the sparkling Sydney Harbour.

For the latest - Vantage Points, Transport updates and to plan ahead head to the official Sydney New Years Eve website

New Year's Eve in Sydney hotels

New Year's Eve at the InterContinental Sydney

With its stunning Sydney Harbour and breathtaking fireworks, Sydney knows how to host a New Year's Eve celebration.

Sydney's hotels offer great New Year's Eve entertainment. At The Star, celebrate with panoramic harbour views of the fireworks. The Star's cool bars – Sokyo Lounge and Cherry – have DJs, cocktails, vibes and views. Balla, Rock Lily and 24/7 Sports Bar are also great venues to party the night away. For a truly sophisticated experience, enjoy a degustation menu by the water at The Star's Black by Ezard.

At Pier One Sydney Harbour in Walsh Bay, choose among four dinner options. The Park Hyatt has something for everyone – relax into an indulgent dinner or dance in the new year at the rooftop cocktail party.

If you want make the most of the view, 360 Bar and Dining at the Westfield Sydney Tower is hosting a degustation dinner to ring in the new year with a live band. At Opera Bar, dance the night away at the iconic New Year's Eve beach party. If you like a chic, elegant experience, enjoy cocktails, canapés and dinner at historic Fort Denison.

Head to Kings Cross, Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills for vibrant restaurants and bars. Sweethearts Rooftop Barbecue is a great venue from which to enjoy the fireworks.

Close to the action and catering to all tastes, the Royal Botanic Gardens will host Midnight at the Oasis and Lawn with the View. NYE Under the Stars offers DJ entertainment in a front row position above the Opera House promenade.The Botanic Gardens Restaurant offers alfresco dining and uninterrupted views of the fireworks. 

On the north shore, head to Taronga Zoo in Mosman for its New Year's Eve celebrations – you can choose between a banquet dinner, a cocktail party or zoo lawn gourmet picnic experience. You'll have great views and you'll be contributing to animal conservation!

Check out accommodation packages at Sydney hotels, and you'll be able to enjoy a harbourside mini-break on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney Harbour

New Year's Eve Cruises

Celebrate your Sydney New Year on the water with a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a banquet on a luxury yacht, or cruise the waters with dinner and a show. If it's dancing you're after, Rhythmboat Cruises have a DJ and dynamic floor show. Enjoy a stunning view of all the festivities onboard a Captain Cook Cruise.

Dining at the Opera Bar, Sydney

Restaurants for New Years Eve

Many of Sydney's restaurants offer special menus to celebrate the new year – be sure to book early. At Altitude Restaurant on level 36 in the Shangri-La Hotel, enjoy a degustation menu with matching wines and champagne. In Circular Quay, Aria hosts a dinner designed by chef Matt Moran, while Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay will provide a relaxed dining experience.

New Years Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour

New Years Eve fireworks

Sydney is one of the most spectacular places in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve. Fireworks exploding over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will mesmerise you. Watch the family-friendly fireworks at 9 pm, a great preview for the super-sized show at midnight.