Sydney New Year: Ringing in 2014 in style

15 December 2013

There’s no better place to welcome the New Year than in Sydney – with the best fireworks and city celebration in the world.

With so much to do in the city – here’s a few of our suggested activities to check out this year.

Harbourlights Daytime Festival

One of the hottest events is known as Harbourlights, which takes place near the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney City.

You’ll have an unparalleled view of Sydney Harbour as you enjoy a picnic lunch included in the price of the ticket. The menu includes a succulent antipasto, spring chicken on basil pesto pasta, brie and decadent flourless orange cake.

Participants will receive a refillable water bottle, though you’ll also have access to Eco Bar if you want to celebrate the last day of 2013 with a glass of champagne. Of course, the primary reason for attending Harbourlights is for your view of the Sydney New Years fireworks set off over the Harbour Bridge.

Circo New Year’s Eve

If you truly want to be wowed this New Year’s Eve, then you have to check out El’ Circo in Sydney’s Darlinghurst neighbourhood. This event bills itself as “part circus, part cabaret, part burlesque and always entirely original”, and best of all, you get to enjoy a night of fine dining while you watch the show.

You’ll be entertained by acrobats and dancers while you sample a nine-course degustation and a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. You can also enjoy full table service for more drinks if you like, and you’ll be out in plenty of time to catch the fireworks.

Shore Thing

Bondi Beach is spectacular all year round, but the area truly shines on New Year’s Eve during the Shore Thing concert.

This year’s event will be the biggest to date, with Skrillex, the internationally renowned DJ superstar, confirmed to headline the evening. For the first time ever, he is bringing his Skrillex Spaceship stage show to Australia for an event not to be missed.

Opera Gala

Anyone with a passion for opera will not want to miss this spectacular concert held at Sydney Opera House. Visitors will get to see some of the country’s favourite opera singers with names such as Emma Matthews, Milijana Nikolic and Andrew Jones lining up to perform.

Book dinner before the entertainment begins or pick up tickets for the Midnight Party. This is a great spot to enjoy a performance before wandering outside to catch the magnificent and world-famous Sydney fireworks show off the Harbour Bridge.

NYE Party at the House

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Party at Sydney Opera House NYE

Topping the list of the best new years eve parties Sydney has to offer is NYE Party At The House. Combining powerhouse headline act Sneaky Sound System and celebrity chef Matt Moran at the iconic Sydney Opera House to ensure guests party in style and enjoy one of the most unforgettable NYE parties in Sydney.

See the fireworks

Sydney is proud of its history as one of the best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve under the brilliant fireworks display, and this December 31 is set to be a magical one!

Every New Years a unique and exciting theme becomes the focus for the display, and this year we can look forward to the theme ‘Shine’, created by artist and musician Reg Mombassa.

You can either go to the fireworks show at 9pm so the whole family can come along with an event specially designed for the kids, or count down at midnight when a second display welcomes in 2014.

There are plenty of amazing places to see this show, however, so make sure you pick your spot early on and get ready for one of the most fantastic views on one of the most exciting nights of the year.