Sydney Harbour - New Year's Eve Fireworks

The world-famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks on the beautiful Sydney Harbour are an unforgettable spectacle. Offering an evening of exciting entertainment with colourful projections, Aboriginal ceremonies and the grand finale of spectacular fireworks. 

The night’s line-up starts at 6:50pm with fire tug water display, blasting tonnes of water into the sky. This will be followed by a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Cadigal Elders.

 New Year fireworks lighting up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

A thrilling air show will take place at 8pm, with incredible aerial acrobatics by former Royal Australian Air Force fighter combat instructor Matt Hall. At 8:30pm the pylons light up after the sun has set, with projections continuing throughout the evening.

A smaller fireworks display will launch at 9pm for young kids with early bedtimes, before Calling Country, a ceremony embracing and honouring the Dreaming of the area. At 9:30pm Sydney Harbour will be illuminated with ships gliding across the water in the Harbour of Light Parade.

Then at the stroke of midnight, the pyrotechnic display illuminates the sky from firing points on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and harbour barges as the New Year makes its spectacular debut.

Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks,view from Garden Island

In between the fireworks displays, the Harbour of Light Parade transforms Sydney Harbour into a kaleidoscope of colours. Vessels of all sizes adorn their hulls with dancing lights in this dazzling waterway parade, a feast for the eyes as they glide across one of the world’s great natural harbours.

Along the foreshore are many locations with great views of the midnight extravaganza. Treat yourself to a great viewing spot at one of the ticketed vantage points and parties, including: 

Sydney Opera House on New Year's Eve, Sydney Harbour

Free public viewing areas and family-friendly sites are also dotted around the harbour. They offer some of the best seats to watch the fireworks. Plan ahead and bring your own picnic during the day, and enjoy uninterrupted views of Sydney’s icons from prime positions, including:

  • The Domain at Mrs Macquarie’s Point
  • Robertson Park in Watsons Bay (alcohol prohibited)
  • Cremorne Point (alcohol prohibited)
  • North Head in Manly (alcohol prohibited)
  • Manns Point, Greenwich (alcohol prohibited)
  • Observatory Hill Park (alcohol prohibited)
  • Pirrama Park in Pyrmont
  • Sydney Opera House forecourt  
Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks, Sydney harbour

Entry into Darling Harbour is free, too. The precinct is alive with a playground of family-friendly activities. Set against the city’s skyline, the evening begins with flame and light shows every hour from 7pm to build the anticipation for the two grand NYE fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.

For a different experience, stay at Cockatoo Island’s waterfront campground which has wonderful views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks. You can also join a harbour cruise and see the action from the water, or head to one of the harbour side roof top bars for a prime view.  

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