Sydney’s top spots to ring in the New Year 2016

12 October 2015

Crowds enjoying Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks 2013. View from Garden Island

Sydney fireworks, New Year’s Eve


The midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour are an absolute must-see on New Year’s Eve, arguably the best in the world. The only dilemma? Where to watch this spectacular light show as 2016 begins. Here are four of the best spots on the harbour to celebrate NYE in style.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

View of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Sydney Harbour from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Kick-start the 200th Birthday celebrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens with dancing, drinks and incredible views. Grab your tickets to Midnight At The Oasis and enjoy a sumptuous sit-down dinner in the gardens, or get tickets to the colourful night-market at The Point. A gold coin donation gives you access to Mrs Macquarie’s Point nearby, one of the prime fireworks viewing spots. Be quick, tickets are limited.

Cockatoo Island

The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island

The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island

For something a little bit different, grab a ticket to New Year’s Eve on Cockatoo Island, where you can go camping or glamping (glamorous camping) for one or two nights. There’ll be kids activities, music, food stalls and bar facilities on the island, which is home to an extraordinary mix of historic buildings, magnificent harbour views, pristine natural landscapes and defence heritage. Cockatoo Island is accessible only by ferry, and ferry tickets are not included in the price of the ticket to this event.

Taronga Zoo

A Giraffe at Taronga Zoo with a panorama of Sydney Harbour in the background

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

You’ll have panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and city of you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Taronga Centre in the grounds of Mosman’s Taronga Zoo. The theme this year is the roaring 20s, and the options on offer are a speakeasy-style cocktail party or a 5-course degustation meal. All beverages are included in the ticket price and coach transfers are also available.

Goat Island

View of Goat Island on Sydney Harbour

View of Goat Island on Sydney Harbour

You’ll need a ticket to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Goat Island, which is to the west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tickets are limited, which means the island isn’t crowded, and there’s a sausage sizzle, non-alcoholic drinks for purchase, and you can bring your own food and drinks, including alcohol, as well. The views here are truly spectacular, and it’s a great atmosphere. Ferries for this event depart from King Street wharf at 6:30pm and 7:15pm.