Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a once in a lifetime experience. With so many places to be at 9pm or the stroke of midnight, here are the best tips we have, written by a passionate Sydneysider.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point is on the eastern side of the Opera House and historic Botanical Gardens. Pack a picnic and settle for the evening on the shores of Sydney Harbour.
Visit Taronga Zoo for a truly unforgettable experience. Relax and enjoy the night amongst Zoo creatures and spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Celebrating 100 years this year, the party is going to bigger than ever! Gather friends and pack a picnic for the night. Tickets on sale early September.
Coogee Beach sparkles on New Year’s Eve as families, locals and visitors arrive early to enjoy the 9pm fireworks. You can also see the fireworks in surrounding Coogee areas such as Burrows Park Headland and Clovelly Beach car park. Note, there are no midnight fireworks.
How about catching a 10 minute ferry from Circular Quay and celebrate in the bohemian hub of Balmain. Illoura Reserve is an excellent vantage point which has clear views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This spot is family friendly with easy transport access and an alcohol free zone.
The Newport is a great spot if you’re looking to head out of the city this New Year’s Eve, The Newport Arms are hosting their annual Beer Garden Party. Enjoy a fireworks display over Pittwater at both 9pm and midnight.
Join the party at Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour with light shows starting from 8pm. With free entre, Darling Harbour is a popular spot with families for the 9pm fireworks. Arrive in the early afternoon to secure a spot by the bay.
Tip: New Year’s Eve 2016 falls on a Saturday night, the busiest night for the city and surrounds. If you want to make it an extended weekend, we recommend you book your hotel early to avoid disappointment.