New Year’s Eve in Sydney is all about midnight on Sydney Harbour as fireworks explode above the Bridge and Opera House, lighting up the party boats assembled below and the hordes of happy faces gathered on the foreshore. If you’ve been, you’ll know nothing else compares and if you haven’t, it’s probably on your bucket list. Here are five ways to bring in the new year in unforgettable Sydney style.
Whether you hire a private vessel, book a ticket on a party boat or go for the economical option and catch a well-timed Sydney Ferry, being on the water when the clock strikes 12 is about as Sydney as it gets. If you choose this option, prepare to find yourself with a glass of champagne in hand, great company by your side and spectacular fireworks splintering into the night sky above you as the new year begins.
At the Opera House
If a classy evening is what you’re after, Sydney Opera House presents the perfect option. Get away from the crowds, enjoy a world class opera and stay for the midnight party which gives you superb harbour views from the northern foyers.
From a family friendly vantage point
There are a stack of vantage points to choose from on the night and – as long as you’re prepared to go early – you’ll be able to roll out the picnic rug and settle in for the evening. If you have little ones in tow, you might want to call bedtime once the 9pm fireworks are done and dusted. If you stay at one of the view apartments at Rendezvous Hotel The Rocks you can tuck them up in bed, pour yourselves a glass of wine and watch the midnight show from the comfort of your own private balcony.
On the beach
Manly is home to New Year’s Eve celebrations all of its own, including a spectacular 9pm fireworks display, family friendly entertainment and numerous bars and restaurants offering their own events. The beach itself also becomes a popular spot, with revellers of all ages pulling up a patch of sand to see the old year out.