12 October 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.