Best spots to watch the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks

2 December 2015

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Barangaroo

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Barangaroo

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 is which vantage point to watch this spectacular light show as 2016 begins. Here are four of the best spots on the harbour to celebrate NYE in style.

Barangaroo Reserve

Sydney’s newest park, Barangaroo Reserve, sits between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay and is a perfect vantage point for the 2015 New Year’s Eve Fireworks. You can see both the 9.00pm and midnight fireworks from Barangaroo, so bring your picnic rug and settle in on the Walumil or Stargazer lawn for a spectacular show. Ticket holders to this event can either pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper or bring their own food.

Observatory Hill

The phrase ‘million dollar views’ doesn’t quite capture what it feels like to stand on Observatory Hill overlooking the harbour, and those views are made even more breathtaking with the addition of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. This is one vantage point where you’ll need to get in early to secure a seat (Observatory Hill Park is free but it has limited capacity and is a very popular spot). If you have tickets to the family-friendly NYE at the Observatory, you’ll have exclusive access to the Observatory and its grounds, with stunning panoramic harbour views.

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.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Kick-start the 200th Birthday celebrations for the Royal Botanic Garden 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. Or nab tickets to Lawn with the View and gain exclusive access to the secluded Bennelong Lawn with unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Be quick, tickets are limited.

Taronga Zoo

You’ll have panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the city if 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

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.