Get the best view of the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney by booking a spot on a New Year’s Eve cruise.
Viewing the world-famous light show from the water is the ultimate way to spend New Year's Eve. You don't have to battle the crowds at the free vantage points, or give up the luxury of food and drink (which isn't sold at most of them and BYO is a no-no).
Most cruises tend to last about five to seven hours, serve food and drink, and give revellers the chance to see both the 9pm family fireworks and the main event at the stroke of midnight.
While there's plenty of cruises available, we've highlighted some of the best ones available and mention what's included in your ticket. We've also done some digging and found some sailings on sale. So check them all out below.
New Years Eve cruises in Sydney:
While the big day is still months away, here's what was available for 2018/2019 if you'd like to get an idea of what types of cruise options are out there. We'll update this table as more become available.
|Cruise Name||Departs from:||What's included?||Length||Price||Book|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Nevaeh||TBC||
||7 hours||$500||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Aussie Magic||TBC||
||6 hours||$550||Book now|
|Sydney Harbour Ferry cruise||Towns Place Wharf||
||6.5 hours||$590||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Bundeena||TBC||
||6.45 hours||$595||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Galene||TBC||
||6 hours||$600||Book now|
|New Year's Eve cruise on Harbour Spirit||37 Bank St Pyrmont||
||5.5 hours||$695||Book now|
|Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve cruise||King Street Wharf||
||6 hours||$799||Book now|
|Sydney Harbour cruise on Tall ship||Walsh Bay Wharf 2||
||6 hours||$949||Book now|
|Calypso New Year's Eve cruise 2018||Circular Quay||
||5 hours||$950||Book now|
|Sydney Harbour cruise on Wangi Queen ferry||Walsh Bay Wharf 2||
||6 hours||US$423||Book now|
|Sydney New Year's Eve dinner and fireworks cruise||Darling Harbour||
||6.5 hours||US$660||Book now|
|Sydney Harbour Tall ship cruise||Walsh Bay Wharf 2||
||6 hours||US$700||Book now|
Stay ahead of the game. Keep an eye on daily deal sites that may offer last-minute tickets!
What's so good about a New Years Eve cruise in Sydney?
- You avoid the crowds. Cruises will limit the number of tickets sold, so you won't have to battle swarms of people just to get a good view.
- You’ll have a spot held for you. The best places to watch the fireworks fill up fast, which often means arriving as early as the morning of New Year's Eve. If you buy a cruise ticket in advance, simply stroll up at the designated time and you're off.
- You’ll get the gold-class treatment. It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a glass of bubbly in your hand, and New Year’s Eve harbour cruises tend to come with a bar and offer some food.
- Food and drink are usually included: If you go to a free vantage point, you'll most likely need to bring your own food and most don't allow you to buy drinks and BYO isn't allowed.
Who offers cruises on Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve?
Choose from dozens of sailings on New Year's Eve, including small catamarans catering to just a dozen people to big party boats with hundreds or people celebrating together.
- 29 available options were for New Year's Eve sailings in 2018
- Choose from sailings that include food, drinks, or are BYO
- Prices started at $400
With a range of New Year's Eve events to choose from, including restaurant packages and cruises, Viator sells something for everyone on New Year's Eve.
- 3 options were available for New Year's Eve sailings in 2018
- All cruises included food and drink
- Prices started at $590
Other Sydney New Year's Eve cruises
Captain Cook Cruises:
One of the biggest names in the biz, Captain Cook has six boats running throughout the evening to capture the light spectacular at 7:30pm, 9pm, and midnight. They have seafood buffet dinner and cocktail packages available. And if you book early, you’ll save even more.
Bass and Flinders Cruises:
Four boats dedicated to the 9pm and midnight fireworks, each departing from various locations on the Harbour. Our advice? Choose which view you’d prefer and book into the cruise that suits. Seafood BBQ and cocktail packages available. Though, if those are beyond the budget, there are BYO options, too.
Sydney New Year’s Eve Cruises:
The name says it all. If that wasn’t enough to convince, this company’s Lady Rose ship won the 2014 Harbour of Light Parade ‘Best Designed’ competition. Ring in the New Year on a winnaar.
Fantasea’s got both adults and families covered. One of their boats will be dedicated to the 9pm fireworks before returning to get the children home, while three other boats will be on the water all night long to capture both the 9pm and midnight shows. Then, there’ll be a boat just for the midnight fireworks. So many options.
Add these deals onto your order to save a bit on your New Years Eve cruise booking