New Year's Eve in Sydney

Celebrate with family and friends the world-famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks on beautiful Sydney Harbour. The magical night on one of the world’s great natural harbours is unforgettable, with many delightful options to experience the amazing spectacle and welcome the New Year.

Be sure to plan your night in advance and use public transport. Public viewing areas are dotted around the foreshore, including in the Sydney Harbour National Park. You can party on an island in the middle of the harbour, such as Clark Island and Shark Island, or revel aboard a cruise boat.

Sydney fireworks, New Year's Eve

For opera lovers, reserve your seats at the Sydney Opera House for the Opera Gala or The Merry Widow. The intervals are timed for the 9pm fireworks and the World Heritage-listed building, with sweeping views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stays open for the midnight fireworks extravaganza.

Darling Harbour is a popular family destination. A short walk from Town Hall Station or alight at one of the light rail stops, the vibrant entertainment precinct hosts brilliant light shows from 7pm and marvellous fireworks at 9pm and midnight. There are plenty of delicious waterside restaurants, too.

New Year's Eve in Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

You’ll find many more festive events across Sydney, from the music festival New Year’s Eve in the Park in Victoria Park, near the University of Sydney, to a wonderful evening of family entertainment, carnival rides and fireworks in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park in Parramatta.

Sky and rooftop bars offer magnificent harbour vistas. For a bird’s-eye view of the harbour, check out what’s on at Sydney Tower Eye. Luxury hotels on the edge of the harbour also offer splendid views as well as party and accommodation options to ring in the New Year in the harbour city.

Getting in and out of the city centre is different on New Year’s Eve. There will be road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and move crowds to transport. Visit the City of Sydney’s Plan your NYE for details on what you need to know for a memorable night out.


  1. New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Cockatoo Island is one of the best places in Sydney to watch the world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks. Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour, you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxing night with family and friends - without the crowds, long walks h…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  2. New Years Eve Fireworks Dee Why Beach

    Monday 31 December 2018 , Northern Beaches

    Bring your picnic or book a table at one of Dee Why's beachside restaurants and see a fabulous New Year's Eve fireworks display which starts at 9pm. The fireworks are launched from a barge off Dee Why Beach and can be seen all along Sydney…

    31 Dec
  3. NYE In The Park

    Monday 31 December 2018 , Newtown

    Following on from the success of 2017’s inaugural event, NYE in the Park returns to its home in Victoria Park with a massive line-up and a mission of providing Sydney with a NYE Festival they can be proud of. Set in the lush gardens of Ca…

    31 Dec