New Year's Day

Celebrate the first day of the year in Sydney. After a magical night of fireworks around the city, there’s so much more happening on New Year’s Day. You can attend exclusive parties, relax on the beach, cruise around Sydney Harbour, follow a stunning coastal walk and explore fascinating museums. Welcome to 2020!

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel at Watsons Bay, Sydney East

Festivals and events

If you’re not all partied out from the previous night’s festivities, there’s plenty more fun to be had today. Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Day party is Field Day, held in The Domain, with big name bands and DJs from around the world. You can also dance the day away at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s annual bash.

Bondi Icebergs and Catalina Rose Bay host two of the most exclusive events – expect free-flowing champagne, minor celebrities and a hefty price tag. Or hop aboard the luxurious 42m Seadeck Sydney for a cruise around sunny Sydney Harbour with live entertainment and plenty of recovery cocktails.

Man enjoying a morning swim at Wylies Baths in Coogee, Sydney East

Beaches and outdoors

Go for the first swim of the year at one of Sydney’s sparkling beaches or ocean pools. Bondi is always a popular choice or you can find a secluded stretch of sand tucked away along the harbour. Go snorkelling at Clovelly, catch a wave at Freshwater or swim a few laps in the 112-year-old Wylie’s Baths.

Kick start your New Year fitness regime with a coastal walk to North Head, cycling along the trails through Western Sydney Parklands or paddling a glass-bottom kayak around Manly. For something a little more sedate, it’s the perfect day to explore the Royal Botanic Garden or set up a picnic in Centennial Park.

Friends enjoying a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney City

Zoos, galleries and museums

Many of Sydney’s top attractions are open on New Year’s Day. Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo to feed the giraffes, watch monkeys play and meet the new capybara. Kids can tackle the fun Wild Ropes course through the trees. For more animal adventures, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium are open too.

The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW will give you a dose of New Year culture. Experience the illusion of weightlessness in the Zero Gravity Lab at the Powerhouse Museum or go beneath the ocean’s surface in the HMAS Onslow submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum.


Public Holiday Dates 2021-2022 

Holiday 2021 2022
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January  Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January )
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 2 April Friday, 15 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 3 April Saturday, 16 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April Sunday, 17 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 5 April Monday, 18 April
Anzac Day  Sunday, 25 April Monday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 14 June Monday, 13 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 4 October Monday, 3 October
Christmas Day public holiday Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December) Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 28 December) Monday, 26 December

New Year’s Day in Sydney FAQs

What is there to do on New Year’s Day in Sydney?

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Is anything open on New Year’s Day?

Most businesses and services will be running on New Year’s Day including public transport (on a public holiday timetable) and emergency services. Many cafes, restaurants, bars and venues remain open, though often with reduced hours, and a variety of events are held across the city. Zoos, galleries, museums, parks, beaches, national parks are all open. Make sure you contact or call ahead before visiting a venue, location or store.