New Year's Eve in Sydney
Sydney throws a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other. Celebrate the start of 2020 in style with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays you’ll see. The festivities span free family events to lively parties, so whatever kind of countdown you’re looking for, the harbour city will ensure you have a memorable experience.
Free vantage points
The famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks on stunning Sydney Harbour is a tradition that gets bigger and better every year. Gather your friends and family, pack a picnic and get there early to nab one of the many spots dotted around the harbour for front row seats to take in the dazzling spectacle.
The Domain at Mrs Macquarie’s Point enjoys prime position, with views that take in the whole expanse of the harbour. Observatory Hill, on the western side of the bridge, has elevated views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Northside, you have Bradfield Park, right under the pylons of the bridge and North Head in Manly for a relaxed view of the harbour and skyline.
Darling Harbour is also a popular destination with families. There are brilliant light shows throughout the evening and two firework displays, the first at the kid-friendly time of 9pm if the littlies are too young to make it to midnight. Bigger kids will want to stay up for the main event.
See out the year with a bang and treat yourself to a decadent finale for 2019. A romantic dinner at a sky or rooftop bar with harbour vistas, such as 360 Bar and Dining and O Bar and Dining, is always a treat and more so on NYE. Or reserve your seats at the Sydney Opera House for the Opera Gala, a night of your favourite arias and fireworks.
Get a group of friends together and party the night away before Sydney’s biggest fireworks blast off at the stroke of midnight. Opera Bar is one of the hottest tickets in town, so book early. Harbourside venues including Luna Park, Pier One, Cruise Bar and Café del Mar put on incredible parties with local and international DJs.
You can also enjoy the festivities on one of the harbour’s beautiful islands. Shark Island hosts an exclusive party with great view of the fireworks and Clark Island offers an uncrowded garden paradise with cocktails, dinner and dancing, or try Goat Island for a relaxed family friendly atmosphere. If you want to spend the evening on the water, choose one of the many cruise boats.
For a fun-filled family experience, the Royal Botanic Garden hosts Harbour Hoopla, a circus-themed event that includes carnival games, circus performers and music to keep the kids entertained until the fireworks kick off at midnight. And once they do, you’ll be in prime position to enjoy them.
There are many ticketed areas in parks and gardens to enjoy the fireworks. Bradleys Head has three areas - The Amphitheatre, Athol Lawn and Mast Precinct - where you can bring your own picnic or purchase food from a variety of stalls. You can also picnic on the lawn at Strickland House in Watson’s Bay.
Outside the CBD
There are plenty of festive events of epic proportions throughout Sydney. Marvel at the unrivalled views of three incredible firework displays at Parramatta Park or enjoy an exciting line-up of family-friendly activities in Campbelltown.
Travelling to and from the city centre is difficult on New Year’s Eve. There will be road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and help manage crowds. Public transport is recommended. Visit the City of Sydney’s Plan your NYE for details on what you need to know for a memorable night out.