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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 approximately 1.5 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

Best places to see the fireworks in Sydney on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour

Major events – especially New Year's Eve – bring Sydney to life. Watching the spectacular midnight fireworks display, is the perfect way to see in a new year. 

If you really want to be at the centre of all the action, the Sydney Opera House offers a fantastic vantage point to see the fireworks light up the night sky. For a cultured entry into the new year, choose from two Sydney Opera House shows, a full performance of Puccini's lavish La bohème, or the entertaining Opera Gala. At Aria Restaurant, watch the sky light up as you indulge in a sumptuous dinner. If you want to dance the night away, don't miss Opera Bar's popular beach party.

Want to view the fireworks from one of Sydney's Harbour Islands? Historic Fort Denison hosts a sophisticated celebration with cocktails, canapés and dinner. Take your own nibblies and champagne to Goat Island and Shark Island. At Clark Island, the entry fee includes food and alcohol. Cockatoo Island also throws a great New Year's Eve party.

Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens is home to some of the night's most popular events. Midnight at the Oasis features a three-course dinner, while Lawn with the View is a family affair – BYO picnic rug. NYE Under the Stars offers DJ entertainment in a front row position above the Opera House promenade.

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

Families can also celebrate at the beautiful Bradleys Head where food and nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

There are so many destinations and celebrations to choose from to enjoy the New Year's Eve festivities and fireworks in Sydney. Pick the best option for you and book early – you don't want to miss out!

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Events on Sydney Harbour

Throughout the year, Sydney Harbour serves as the backdrop for a number of special events. The New Year's Eve fireworks display is one of the most famous, but other events include the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on 26 December and the thrilling Ferrython races that take place each year during Australia Day on 26 January.

Aquatique light projection, at Darling Harbour

Saturday Night Fireworks at Darling Harbour

In addition to enjoying Christmas Eve and New Year's fireworks displays, you can also watch fireworks at 9pm every Saturday night in December at Darling Harbour. Enjoy the area's bars, restaurants, attractions, entertainment venues and energy and watch as the night sky sparkles in an explosion of colour and light.

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.