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. The night’s line-up starts at 6pm with a thrilling air show. The aerial acrobatics is then followed by a traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony by Gadigal Elders.

A smaller fireworks will launch at 9pm for young kids with early bedtimes. 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.

 New Year fireworks lighting up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

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, including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Observatory, Clarke Island or Bradleys Head Mast Precinct.

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:

  • Mrs Macquaries Point, in the Domain
  • Robertson Park, in Watsons Bay
  • Mary Booth Reserve in Kirribilli
  • Bradfield Park at Milsons Point
  • North Head, in Manly
New Year fireworks lighting up the Sydney Opera House, Australia

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.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to ring in the New Year. Change things up a bit and opt for a new experience, such as glamping on Cockatoo Island or front-row seats of the fireworks aboard one of the Sydney Harbour ferries. You can even dance away the night to live music on Shark Island.

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.