Join one of the world's largest parties and ring in New Year's Eve in Sydney.
Start off 2017 with a bang, in the city that many dub one of the best in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve. With more than a million people flocking to the Sydney foreshore, there's sure to be a party no matter where you watch from. If you're after something a bit quieter, reserve a spot on one of the dozens of New Year's Eve cruises out on the harbour, book tickets to see a show at the Opera House followed by fireworks, or a book a table with a view at some of the city's best restaurants.
When do each of the the New Year’s Eve fireworks and displays start?
Not sure how this fireworks display works? Here are the key times you need to know:
|8:30pm||Pylon Projections Sydney Harbour Bridge|
|8:45pm||Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect|
|9pm||Family Fireworks Display, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour|
|9:15pm||Harbour of Light Parade, Sydney Harbour|
|Midnight||Midnight Fireworks Display, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour|
New Year's Eve Sydney restaurant packages you can book now:
New Year's Eve at Sydney Tower Buffet from Viator
Dine on foods from around the world more than 250 metres above the Sydney streets. The New Year's buffet package includes free-flowing drinks from 7:30pm until 12:30 am and features panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour and Darling Harbour fireworks.
New Year's Eve at Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining from Viator
Start off the night with a pre-dinner drink at 360 bar before dining on a 6-course dinner followed by dancing. Enjoy views of Sydney Harbour from the highest vantage point of the city, which offers unparallelled views for both the 9pm and midnight fireworks shows.
El Circo VIP New Year's Eve Celebration at Slide Sydney from Viator
Watch a Parisian cabaret while dining on a 9-course French-inspired meal at El Circo. There will be circus performers, cabaret acts and burlesque dancers performing on the night. Note: There are no harbour views at the venue, however footage of the fireworks will be shown on screens.
Keep an eye out for restaurant packages from the following venues. The 2017 packages haven't been announced yet, but each of them offered New Year's Eve dinners last year.
New Year's Eve Sydney parties
While there's aren't any bookable New Year's Eve parties for 2017 yet, here's a few parties from last year to get you excited and give you an idea of what may be available this year.
Don't mind the crowds, or looking to make a DIY New Year's packages? Check out these free vantage points within sight of the fireworks.
While the opening times and restrictions to each area haven't been announced for 2017 yet, here are the opening times, capacities and restrictions that applied last year:
- Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) Park: Right under The Harbour Bridge and looking at Luna Park, this is a popular but beautiful spot. (Capacity: 30,000. Open from 8am, no alcohol, no pets.)
- Mary Booth Lookout: In Kirribilli staring straight into the city, this one gets packed early. (Capacity: 2,500. Open from midday, no alcohol, no pets.)
- Blues Point Reserve: Hugely popular for a reason. Get in while you can. (Capacity: 12,000. Open from midday, no alcohol, no pets, no camping.)
- Observatory Hill Park: They don’t call it a hill for nothing, you know. Minutes from Circular Quay and Wynyard it’s like there’s nothing else but you and a sky full of stars. Oh, and fireworks, naturally. (Capacity: 7,500. Open from midday, no alcohol, no pets)
- Tarpeian Precinct: Adjacent to the Opera House, this is a hidden spot with a limited capacity. Park it here early. (Capacity: 3,000. Open from 10am, no alcohol, no pets, no unsealed beverages, no tents, no bean bags, mattress or inflatable furniture. No ball games.)
- Mrs Macquaries Point: A favourite every year, with spectacular views and catering and bar service. (Capacity: 16,000. Open from 10am, no alcohol, no pets, no ball games, no tents/bean bags, mattresses, inflatable furniture.)
- Thornton Park: Park it early in the day and you won’t regret it. This park, while being popular, doesn’t reach capacity until later in the day. (Capacity: 1,000. Open from midday, no alcohol, no pets.)
- Balls Head Reserve: Another hot favourite on the other side of the bridge. (Capacity: 2,000. Open from 10am, no alcohol, no pets, no camping.)
- Pyrmont Bay Park: Nestled between the Australian National Maritime Museum and The Star, while the views are limited, the crowds almost never reach capacity. (Capacity: 15,000. Open from 8am, no alcohol, no pets.)
- Darling Harbour - Cockle Bay: While Circular Quay is everyone’s first go-to, don’t forget we have another Harbour with some pretty amazing views and fireworks shows going on, too. There’s a light show at 8pm, and Pyrmont Bridge is also accessible for viewing the show. (Capacity: 44,000. Open from 7am, no BYO alcohol, no pets, no fishing, no busking.)
- Birchgrove Park: With views of the western side of the Bridge, this unassuming park is a pretty neat spot to ring in the new year. (Capacity: 5,000. Open from 10am, no BYO, no pets.)
Sydney New Year’s Eve Accommodation
We do throw quite a party on New Year’s Eve. If you don’t want to battle the commute home, or are visiting our fair city, then here are some top spots to book into that will provide you with the perfect view to kick off the New Year. Note: limited rooms available.
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