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.
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.
There are ticketed events at some vantage points, including the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo Reserve, Bradleys Head and islands in the middle of the harbour. Public viewing areas and events in the Sydney Harbour National Park include:
- Live music at the NYE Shark Island Party
- Entertainment at The Clark Island Garden Party
- Spectacular views from Goat Island
- Entertainment at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and Bradleys Head Mast Precinct
- Picnic and food at Bradleys Head Athol Lawn and Nielsen Park
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.