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 2024!



Festivals & 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.

Friends enjoying a sunset drink at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel's Beach Club, Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar host one of the most exclusive events – expect free-flowing champagne, minor celebrities and a hefty price tag. The Imperial in Erskineville has a three-level recovery party complete with DJs and drag queens. Or hop aboard a harbour cruise around sunny Sydney Harbour with live entertainment and plenty of recovery cocktails.

Beaches & 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, such as Milk Beach, Camp Cove, Nielsen Park or Seven Shillings. Go snorkelling at Clovelly, Little Manly Cove, Malabar Beach or Gordons Bay; catch a wave at Freshwater, Maroubra, Tamarama or Cronulla; or swim a few laps in the 112-year-old Wylie’s Baths, the family-friendly Bronte Baths, the triangular-shaped Fairy Bower Pool, the rocky Mahon Pool or MacCallum Pool, which boasts city skyline views.

Students relaxing beside Maccallum Pool in Cremorne Point

Maccallum Pool, Cremorne Point

Kick start your New Year fitness regime with a coastal walk, such as Bondi to Coogee, North Head, Manly to Spit Bridge, Hermitage Foreshore Walk or Federation Cliff Walk. Other fun activities include cycling along the trails through Western Sydney Parklands, paddling a glass-bottom kayak around Manly or exploring convict ruins on Cockatoo Island. For something a little more sedate, it’s the perfect day to explore the Royal Botanic Garden and Mrs Macquarie's Chair, or set up a picnic in Centennial Park.

Zoos, galleries & 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 litter of five African lion cubs. 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.

Girl embarking on a quest at Virtual Reality: The Quest, held at the Powerhouse Museum

The Quest, held at the Powerhouse Museum

Eat & drink

A number of cafes, restaurants and bars stay open on New Year’s Day. For coffee and brunch, try Mayflower in Darlinghurst, Quick Brown Fox Eatery in Pyrmont, Bills in Surry Hills, Porch and Parlour in Bondi or Black Star Pastry’s multiple locations.

For something heartier, make a reservation at one of the many restaurants dishing up lunch or dinner New Year’s Day. In the city, try your luck at Ho JiakMamak, Alberto's Lounge, Jimmy's Falafel, Mr Wong or head to Jang Ta Bal for a Korean barbecue. Other open venues include The Apollo in Darlinghurst, The Chicken Shop and Fred's in Paddington,  Totti’s in Bondi, Crafted by Matt Moran at the Royal Botanic Garden and Chiswick in Woollahra.

Beer garden and basketball court at Vic on the Park, Marrickville

Beer garden at Vic on the Park, Marrickville

For a drink with friends and family, Opera Bar, The Grifter Brewing Co, Palmer & Co, The Beresford Hotel, El Loco, Coogee Pavilion, The Newport, Vic on the Park and Big Poppa's are all open on New Year’s Day, just to name a few bars and pubs.


Public holiday dates 2023-2024

Holiday 2023 2024
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January (Additional day Monday, 2 January ) Monday 1 January
Australia Day Thursday 26 January Friday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 7 April Friday 29 March
Easter Saturday Saturday 8 April  Saturday 30 March 
Easter Sunday Sunday 9 April  Sunday 31 March 
Easter Monday  Monday 10 April  Monday 1 April 
Anzac Day  Tuesday 25 April  Thursday 25 April 
King's Birthday/June Long Weekend Monday 12 June Monday 10 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday 2 October Monday 7 October
Christmas Day public holiday Monday 25 December Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December Thursday 26 December