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Sydney New Year’s Eve cruises | Catch the fireworks in 2022/2023

Book a spot on a cruise and get the best view of the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney.

Viewing the world-famous light show from the water is the ultimate way to spend New Year's Eve in Sydney. You get unimpeded vantage points and the luxury of food and drinks.

Most cruises last 5–7 hours, include live entertainment and give revellers the chance to see the 9pm family-friendly fireworks and the main event at midnight. Some even include a full dinner and an afterparty.

Here are some New Year's Eve Sydney Harbour cruises that you can book now.

Compare New Year's Eve cruises in Sydney Harbour 2022/2023

Cruise nameDeparts fromWhat's included?LengthMaximum guestsPriceBook
Family-friendly 9pm Fireworks Cruise on Ocean SurferManly
  • Licensed bar
  • BYO food is allowed
2.5 hours175$265.91Book now
Family-friendly 9pm Fireworks Cruise on Ocean Dreaming 2Darling Harbour
  • Licensed bar
  • BYO food is allowed
2.5 hours190$319.09Book now
New Year's Eve Cruises on GaleneKing Street Wharf
  • Fully catered with finger food and drinks
7 hours90$600Book now
New Year's Eve Cruises on My WayStar City Casino Wharf
  • Canapés
  • Beverages
  • DJ on board
6 hours450$695Book now
New Year's Eve Cruises on MorpheusTBC
  • Canapé menu
  • Beverages
  • DJ on board
6.15 hours95$795Book now
New Year's Eve cruise on Legend CruisesKing Street Wharf 9
  • Canapés
  • Standing buffet station
  • Dessert menu
  • Drinks package
6 hours250$649Book now
New Year's Eve Sydney Harbour Cruise on the Bella VistaCasino Wharf
  • Canapés
  • Buffet dinner menu
  • Beverages
  • DJ music
5.5 hours500$799Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise with Goodtime Harbour CruisesKing Street Wharf 9
  • Free flowing drinks
  • Canapés and standing buffet dinner
  • DJ music
6 hours300$695

Compare private New Year's Eve charter cruises in Sydney Harbour 2022/2023

Whether you want to kick off 2023 with your nearest and dearest, need to cater for a larger group or simply want a quiet celebration on New Year's Eve, booking a chartered cruise is a great idea. See your options below.

Cruise nameDeparts fromWhat's includedLengthMaximum guestsPriceBook
New Year's Eve Cruise on Sea MonkeyTBC
  • Skipper and crew
1 hour32$725Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise on a Private YachtLavender Bay
  • Skipper and crew
  • BYO food and beverages
7 hours12$5,500Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise on LoreleiLavender Bay
  • Skipper and crew
  • BYO food and beverages
7 hours12$5,600Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise on DelphinusLavender Bay
  • Skipper and crew
  • BYO food and beverages
6.5 hours20$10,500Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise on Enigma-XTBC
  • Skipper and crew
  • BYO food and beverages
6.5 hours16$12,500Book now
New Year's Eve Cruise on NeptuneTBC
  • Skipper and crew
  • BYO food and beverages
6.5 hours30$13,500Book now

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What's the best Sydney New Year's Eve cruise?

Can't decide which cruise is best for you? We've narrowed down some of your best options based on what each cruise offers.

Frequently asked questions about Sydney New Year's Eve cruises

How are Sydney Harbour cruises being COVID-safe this year?

Rules and restrictions around COVID safety have been rolled back, meaning there are no mask mandates or social distancing required.

Cruises will be running at full capacity though some COVID-safe practices may still be in place such as:

  • Contactless check-in: Make sure your phone is charged to scan yourself in when you arrive.
  • Cashless terminals: On board, cashless terminals may be available for some cruises. This is worth noting if yours doesn't have an open bar or food included in your package.
  • Sanitiser stations: Cruises may still have hand sanitisers waiting for you on arrival.

Why should I book a New Year's Eve cruise in Sydney?

  • You'll have a spot held for you. The best places to watch the fireworks fill up fast, which often means arriving early or booking early. If you buy a cruise ticket, simply stroll in 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.
  • Food and drink are usually included. If you go to a free vantage point, you'll likely need to bring your own food. Most don't sell drinks and BYO isn't allowed. You can get good food and booze on a boat.

How far in advance should I book a New Year's Eve cruise?

It's best to book as early as possible to avoid missing out.

Where do New Year's Eve cruises depart?

Cruises depart from various points across Sydney, including King Street Wharf, Casino Wharf and Manly Wharf.

What should I wear on a New Year's Eve cruise?

This depends on the cruise line and the specific cruise you book, but it's best to dress smart casual. As New Year's Eve is during summer you won't need any special layers, though a light jacket may come in handy in the early hours.

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    AbdulNovember 29, 2017

    Hi , I’m traveling from New Zealand to see Sydney fireworks 9pm n midnight . We are total of 5 adults . Please suggests best place / restaurant where we can have a good view of fireworks and good deals

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      JudithNovember 30, 2017Finder

      Hi Abdul,

      I hope all is well with you today. Thanks for reaching out to us.

      As we are a comparison website, I am unable to recommend or suggest a specific option for you as your decision would entirely depend on your needs.

      Aside from the page, you are viewing, you may check our list of best New Year’s Eve Sydney restaurants for fireworks for a list of other options.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Judith

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    VijyOctober 16, 2017

    Hi Stephanie,

    We are newly coupled on our honeymoon trip. We want to see both the fireworks from the cruise. We are pure vegetarian, and hence might just want a cruise that have good options of vegetarian food or does not include cost of food.

    What is the most economic/budgeted cruise available on that night?

    Appreciate your information.

    Thanks,
    Vijy

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      DanielleOctober 16, 2017

      Hi there!

      Thank you for contacting Finder.

      Upon checking the options that we have, the only one that does not include food cost is Anyboat’s cruise aboard Royale. It is also the cheapest on the list. You may check with them directly if they have vegetarian options, but they do permit bring your own foods.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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      VijyOctober 19, 2017

      Thanks Danielle for your quick response !

      Need to know which is the best and budgeted cruise with the best view for new year fireworks.

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      JudithOctober 20, 2017Finder

      Hi Vijy,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder again.

      As we are a comparison website, we’re unable to recommend the best cruise for you. It is best for you to compare each option on the page you are viewing and by going to each website.

      Kindly scroll down and check the topic “Best places to book a Sydney New Year’s Eve cruise.” Choose the one that would best suit your needs.

      Best regards,
      Judith

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    BradDecember 9, 2016

    Hi,
    My wife and I are looking for a NYE dinner cruise that also allows infants.
    We have a 5 month old daughter and would like to experience NYE as a new family.
    Are there any cruises that cater for baby’s, ie space for pram, safety, etc?

    Regards
    Brad

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      DeeDecember 11, 2016Finder

      Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve checked the details of the cruises featured above and I can’t find any restrictions when it comes to bringing children or infants. However, If you are looking for a particular cruise feature to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable, it is best if you confirm it directly with the provider. Just click the “view details’ on our page and you’ll be redirected to the provider’s website where you can check the full feature of the cruise or contact the provider.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    ChristineOctober 23, 2016

    Hi, I am looking for a Sydney NYE cruise for my family and my in-laws, who will be in from Europe. As it is their first time in Australia, it is important that I pick the right cruise for this, since they will likely not be back for a long time. I am looking for something classy with good food and wine, and with people who are there for an enjoyable party but not 20 somethings drinking alcohol by the bucket. Im budgeting 500-700 per person. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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      StephanieOctober 25, 2016Finder

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for your question.

      For cruises close to your budget, Sydney New Year’s Eve Cruises has a Ballroom New Year’s Eve event. As the minimum age for this is 7, you’re less likely to receive a young, 20-something crowd.

      FantaSea also has a Platinum NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which includes a cold buffet and a limited vessel capacity of 140.

      If you’re willing to push your budget further, you might like to look into the Tall Ship Dinner Cruise, which includes a gourmet dinner and is a unique experience on the harbour.

      Unfortunately, if you are looking for a cruise on the lower end of your budget, your options are mainly limited to shorter, earlier cruises or BYO food and drink cruises such as those with Bass and Flinders and Fantasea. Depending on how you feel, they might be worth looking into.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    GilSeptember 19, 2016

    What is Any Boat that you have described above? Can you give me a link or info to their site?

    Thanks

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      StephanieSeptember 19, 2016Finder

      Hi Gil,

      Thanks for your question.

      Any Boat is a private cruise offering. You can find more information on the website of AnyBoat New Year’s Eve cruises.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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