8 Amazing Vantage Points to Watch Fireworks in Sydney This New Year’s Eve

7 December 2017

With another year almost done and dusted, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend your last moments of 2017. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to celebrate Sydney’s NYE, by heading to one of these amazing vantage points with family & friends to watch the world-famous fireworks.

There are so many locations (both free and ticketed) where you can get a good glimpse of Sydney’s night sky lighting up, but which one will you choose? Check out the list below for the top places in Sydney to catch the fireworks and celebrate the arrival of the new year in style.

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Sydney

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Sydney Harbour.

Helpful Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney

  • Plan your NYE night in advance. There will be more than a million people making their way into the city and surrounding areas to watch the fireworks and celebrate New Years. Pick where you want to go and celebrate now, then familiarise yourself with the amenities such as food, toilets, accessibility, transport, etc. available.
  • There will be many road closures that will affect your travels. It is strongly advised  to leave your car at home and catch public transport. It will be a lot easier to get into many of the vantage points if you arrive early, and fortunately there will be thousands of extra services running. However, be aware of delays to your trip home and try to leave after 1am to avoid the crowds.
  • Most of all, be safe and responsible, but also have fun! With all the busy crowds and commotion, it’s really important to remain safe and act responsible whilst celebrating. New Years is a about having an amazing time with your loved ones and everyone can have a good time without harming yourself or others.

Sydney will treat you to a wonderful night as you see in the New Year. But it’s important to remember that getting in and out of the city centre is different on New Year’s Eve, so you can’t drive to vantage points here. There will be road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and move crowds to transport.

Thousands of extra public transport services will run, so make sure you check details on what you need to know for a memorable night out. You’ll also need an Opal card to travel on public transport. Remember that it’s best to top up your card before the event as queues are expected on the day.

For up to the minute information on road closures on the night, visit Live Traffic NSW.

FREE Entry Locations

Circular Quay, City Centre

Fireworks on Sydney Harbour, Sydney City.

Fireworks on Sydney Harbour.

Circular Quay – FREE entry. Alcohol prohibited. No BYO. Opens at 9am.

Circular Quay is one, if not the, best place to view Sydney’s fireworks. Split up into East and West (The Rocks), whichever side you pick, you’re bound to have a good a view of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Head on down to the Sydney Opera House (on the East side) for one of the most popular and best viewing spots for the fireworks. There is a designated accessible viewing area for visitors (and you can drink here, but no BYO), just be quick as this spot is usually one of the first to reach capacity!

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

FREE entry. Alcohol prohibited. No BYO. Opens at 8am.

Want one of the best, close-up views of Sydney Harbour Bridge as it lights up? Then you’ll want to go to Bradfield Park, a popular site for families and groups. With a seat practically right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it’ll be almost impossible to miss the fireworks.

If this area is fills up (which it will), head down nearby to Mary’s Booth Reserve (Kirribilli) or Blues Point Reserve (McMahons Point) for some more amazing view points of Sydney Harbour via North Sydney.

Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) ParkThe Rocks

FREE Entry. You can drink here. No BYO. Designated accessible viewing area. Opens at 2pm.

Also located under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the southern side of the harbour, Dawes Point Park at the Rocks is another crowd-favourite for taking in the beauty of Sydney’s best fireworks.

Get there early to get a good seat, although some views of the fireworks will be limited. Either way, it’s guaranteed you’ll be close to all the action.

Darling Harbour, City Centre

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Darling Harbour, Sydney

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Darling Harbour,

FREE entry. Alcohol prohibited. No BYO. Opens at 11am.

Sydney’s Darling Harbour and the Cockle Bay area is another classic spot to view the New Year’s Eve fireworks. It is a great family-friendly location to ring in the new year, filled with free entertainment.

The night kicks off at 7pm with a spectacular light and fire show, and enjoy the party atmosphere before an amazing array of fireworks ignite the sky at 9pm and again at midnight. This area is also sure to get packed early, so plan ahead.

Campbells CoveThe Rocks

FREE Entry. Alcohol prohibited. No BYO. Opens at 5:30pm.

Campbells Cove, located at the East of the Rocks and north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, will provide great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Tip: Pack some sunscreen if you’re there before the sun goes down (which is also strongly advised), as there no shade is available.

Ticketed Entry Locations

The Royal Botanic Garden: Harbour Hoopla, City Centre

NYE Harbour Hoopla, Sydney.

NYE Harbour Hoopla, Sydney Harbour.

Tickets are $325 + BF. You can drink here No BYO. Opens at 6pm, 7pm and 6:30pm.

The Royal Botanic Garden hosts not one, but five amazing New Year’s Eve events in the midst of its gardens. The NYE events Lawn with the View, Midnight at the Oasis, The Point and Foundation & Friends New Year’s Eve Picnic events all now SOLD OUT, you can still grab tickets to Harbour Hoopla.

Harbour Hoopla is a vintage circus themed event, with old fashioned fun-fair games, circus performances, DJ and quirky dress ups in a themed photo booth, you’ll have plenty to entertain you until the midnight fireworks.

Head here to check out some of the other great vantage points to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Pirrama Park: Wharf Viewing, Pyrmont

Tickets from are $176 + BF. You can drink here. No BYO. Opens at 4pm.

New Years at Pirrama Park is an exclusive, fully licensed, ticketed event. There’s limited capacity, so be quick as there’s the views for the fireworks display will be to die for.

Those attending celebrations at Pirrama Park will be treated to a wonderful menu designed by one of the instigators of Sydney’s modern Asian dining revolution, Jimmy Liks, in collaboration with Hugh Foster. You will delight in the exotic flavours of Morocco & the Middle East as you end 2017.

Taronga Zoo, Mosman

SOLD OUT. You can drink here. No BYO. Opens at 6pm.

For a unique and memorable new Year experience, spend your last moments of 2017 at Taronga Zoo and make your new year’s resolutions For the Wild!

If you’re an animal lover, this one’s for you. With three outdoor picnic style ticketed areas (Diamond, Gold & Silver), you’ll get to enjoy the spectacular views of the Harbour fireworks, amongst Taronga’s night-time Zoo creatures.

Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

A view of the NYE Fireworks at Sydney Harbour

A view of the NYE Fireworks at Sydney Harbour.

SOLD OUT. You can drink here. No BYO. Designated accessible viewing area. Opens at 6pm.

A seat at Barangaroo Reserve is one to be envious of, with excellent views of not only the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but also Balmain, Goat Island and Balls Head Point. You will have a n unforgettable panoramic view of the fireworks from here.

Attendees of the Barangaroo New Year’s Eve event can enjoy delicious food and beverage hampers, or fill themselves up with dining outlets such as North Bondi Fish, Chiswick, the Erko and Goros. Either way, champagne will be flowing.



There’s plenty more to see and do in Sydney this New Year’s Eve!