Kick-start your New Year’s Day in Sydney for 2016

16 October 2015

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney


You’ve taken in the phenomenal midnight New Years Eve fireworks and enjoyed one of the city’s biggest nights out. Now you’ll need a game plan for New Year’s Day. Whether you’ve been at an exclusive cocktail party on Sydney Harbour, enjoyed a harbour cruise or have simply taken in the spectacle from one of Sydney’s many foreshores with friends, here are some ideas to get you kick-started for a laid-back, fun-filled New Year’s Day.

It’s Field Day in The Domain – and there’s a stellar lineup for 2016

The Field Day music festival in The Domain, New Years Day 2015 Image credit: Uri Auerbach

Field Day 2015, The Domain. Image credit: Uri Auerbach


This New Year’s Day outdoor festival is held in The Domain. Field Day has been running since 2002 and the lineup just gets better every year. With local and international artists performing over multiple stages, it’s a chilled-out day of music in the park that runs through the day and into the evening. Acts announced so far include Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and Pusha T.

Soak up the vibe on Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach in Summer

Bondi Beach in Summer


Spending New Year’s Day 2016 on Bondi Beach – whether you have a ticket to the exclusive Icebergs New Year’s Day Party or just want to chill, the vibe on Bondi for New Year’s Day is truly contagious. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers flock to the beach, nearby cafes and pubs fill with people and the friendly summer vibe simmers on as people grab brunch or a beer and relax into the new year.

Post-NYE debrief over yum cha in Chinatown

Dining at Sea Bay Restaurant in Chinatown

Sea Bay restaurant Chinatown


There’s nothing like a dumpling feast the morning after a big night, and Chinatown’s restaurants are the place to go. Try the famous Marigold, the popular Zilver, or their sister restaurant, The Eight for the proper, point-and-pick-your-dumpling experience. Must-try dishes include har gao (transparent prawn-filled dumplings), siu mai (pork-filled dumplings often known as dim sims), and egg tarts for dessert. Yum Cha generally runs from around 10.00am to 3.00pm, or if you’re keen on handmade noodles and dumplings, try Sea Bay on Pitt Street or the acclaimed Din Tai Fung at World Square.

Or simply start with an awesome brunch

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria, Image Credit: City of Sydney – Adam Hollingsworth


Brunch is a Sydney tradition, and New Year’s Day is one of the biggest days for Sydney cafes. Packed with all sorts, from those looking to soak up the previous night’s libations to fresh-faced families who got an early night after the 9.00pm fireworks in Darling Harbour. Head to Surry Hills, Newtown, Alexandria or Potts Point for amazing brunch and coffee; Reuben Hills, Edition Coffee Roasters and Room 10 are some of the city’s best.

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