Sydney Harbour - New Year's Eve Fireworks

Pre-show entertainment for the world-famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks starts at 6pm, with a thrilling air show above beautiful Sydney Harbour. The aerial acrobatics is followed by a tug boat’s splendid water displays and then a Welcome to Country, a traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony.

There are two dazzling fireworks displays. The first is at 9pm for families with young children and then at the stroke of midnight, fireworks are launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and seven barges on the gleaming harbour for a spectacular start to the New Year.

Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Years Eve

In between the pyrotechnic shows is the enchanting Harbour of Light Parade at 9.15pm. Illuminated ships glide across one of the world’s great natural harbours in a mesmerising dance of lights. And throughout the night, the harbour sparkles with boats of all sizes decorated in colourful lights.

Public viewing areas are dotted around the foreshore, including in the Sydney Harbour National Park. There are ticketed events at some vantage points, including the Sydney Opera HouseRoyal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo Reserve, Bradleys Head and islands in the middle of the harbour.

New Year's Eve fireworks, Sydney 2014

You can even combine the fireworks with camping on Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are special activities for kids, guided tours and music on the island. A popular free destination for families is Darling Harbour, a short walk from Town Hall Station or light rail stops.

Darling Harbour hosts two spectacular NYE fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. The pre-show entertainment starts at 7pm, with amazing light shows. You’ll find plenty of attractions to entertain the kids throughout the day, such as meeting the king penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

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.

Events

  1. New Year's Eve with Harbour Views

    Monday 31 December 2018 , City Centre

    Celebrate a roaring New Year's Eve in Gatsby Style and experience exclusive Harbour views overlooking the Sydney Fireworks! Ring in 2019 with live jazz music, poker and black jack gaming tables, five hours of complimentary canapés, and a …

    31 Dec
  2. Sydney New Years Eve

    Monday 31 December 2018 , City Centre

    There's no better place to welcome the new year than in Sydney - the New Year's Eve Capital of the World. Be one of the first in the world to welcome the new year as Sydney dazzles you with its world-class event and a spectacular midnight f…

    31 Dec
  3. 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
  4. New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House

    Monday 31 December 2018 , City Centre

    Welcome 2019 in true style with Opera Australia for the ultimate New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House. New Year's Eve is the night when Sydney puts on the bling, kicks up its heels and shows the world what a gorgeous thing it is, as a…

    31 Dec
  5. Harbour Hoopla - New Year's Eve

    Monday 31 December 2018 , City Centre

    Step right up for a night of frivolity and fun at Harbour Hoopla. In addition to incredible views of the midnight fireworks, this all-ages vintage circus themed event has plenty to keep you entertained all evening with quintessential funfa…

    31 Dec
  6. New Years Eve aboard Sydney 2000

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

    The eyes of over a billion people worldwide turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, not only because they have the first major display but one of the world's best. The Harbour Bridge, city buildings, and specially selected cruise vessels f…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan