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New Year’s Eve Sydney 2016 | Parties, Accommodation and Fireworks

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.

Have an iconic New Year's Eve with a show at the Opera House before taking in the bright lights from the balcony overlooking the bridge. Or, 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 New Year’s Eve fireworks and displays start?

Not sure how this fireworks display works? Here are the key times you need to know:

TimeLocation
8:30pmPylon Projections Sydney Harbour Bridge
8:45pmSydney Harbour Bridge Effect
9pmFamily Fireworks Display, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour
9:15pmHarbour of Light Parade, Sydney Harbour
MidnightMidnight Fireworks Display, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour

Looking for the best free fireworks vantage points?

New Year's Eve Sydney restaurant packages you can book now:

New Year's Eve Darling Harbour-side Degustation with Drinks from Scoopon

Feast on a 13-course New Year's Eve dinner complete with Moet, wines and beers at Kobe Jones, King Street Wharf. The package comes with dishes like crab salad, Hawaiian-style sashimi, Alaskan crab and wafu lobster thermidor. Note: To view the midnight fireworks, the second seating (8:45pm-11:45pm) should be booked.

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$199

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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.

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$550

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Check out our list of top New Year's Eve Sydney restaurant packages for more options and information.


New Year's Eve Sydney parties, ticketed vantage points and events

  • Foundation and Friends New Year's Eve Picnic: A family friendly BYO picnic setting held from 5pm on the Mare and Foal Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you'll get prime views of the Opera House in front of the Harbour Bridge. Starts at 5pm. Tickets from $140 for non-members, $75 for Foundation and Friends members, $25 for children 6-15, free for children younger than six.
  • Harbour Hoopla NYE Event: Check out the fireworks display off the Harbour Bridge from the lush hill above the Opera House at Circular Quay Tickets include a summer picnic hamper with an entree, main, sweet and savoury treats and a bottle of water. There's also a cash bar. Starts at 6pm. Tickets from $299.20.
  • Pirrama Park Wharf Viewing: Allocated to just 600 people at this awe inspiring spot, this party includes a 3-course modern-Asian hamper by Jimmy Liks. Alcohol and more food is available for sale. Starts at 4pm. Tickets from $176.
  • Clark Island Garden Party: Join the garden party on Clark Island, located in Sydney Harbour near Darling Point. Partygoers will get a 3-course meal and a cocktail on arrival, not to mention epic views of the fireworks. Ferries to the island at 6pm and 6:45pm. Tickets from $375 for adults, $225 for children 5-15, free for children younger than five.
  • Shark Island: Have a vibrant start to the new year at a Caribbean-themed island party, with music provided by Triple J's Luen and dining on gourmet eats (for sale) by eateries like Butter and Theivery. Ferries to the island at 6:15pm abd 7pm. Tickets from $225 for adults, $160 for children 5-16, free for children younger than five.
  • Taronga Zoo: Take in the views of the CBD, Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the North Shore to the sounds of critters in the zoo. It's a charitable event, where proceeds from sales will go toward conservation work and breeding programs. Food and drinks are available for sale. Starts at 3:30pm. Tickets from $500 for Diamond Tickets, $290 for Gold Tickets for adults, $190 for Gold Tickets for children, $815 for Gold Tickets for families, $190 for Silver Tickets for adults, $100 for Silver Tickets for children and $490 for Silver Tickets for families.
  • Dudley Page Reserve: One that's great for the kids and for the wallet, with tickets from just $15 a pop for kids. The child-friendly event has free rides for kids and facepainting. There's room on the lawn to bring your own picnic and there's a bar on site. Starts at 6pm. Tickets from $35 for one adult and up to one child, $15 for concession (additional children younger than 16, pension card holders, aged pensioners and registered carers). Add on a hamper from $100 (with dinner for two and a bottle of wine).
  • NYE at Bradleys Head: Athol Lawn: On the Mosman foreshore, Bradley's Head has great views of the harbour and is an affordable North Shore option. There's no food or drink available for purchase, but the lawn year just beckons for BYO picnics. Starts from 3pm. Tickets from $30 for adults, $15 for children 5-15, $70 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • NYE at Bradleys Head: Mast Precinct: Nearby to the Athol Lawn, the Mast Precinct offers access to the upper road, boardwarlk and grassy areas near the Mast. There will be live entertainmnet and music, plus pizza, Brazilian BBQ, ice cream and coffee available for purchase. Starts from 3pm. Tickets from $45 for adults, $15 for children, $100 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • Ivy NYE Party: The Ivy on George Street, right in the heart of the CBD, threw a New Year's Eve bash. Tickets included entry to Pacha Sydney and up to 30% off Secure Parking. Some of the big names that will be there are Tommy Trash, Oski, Senor Roar, Glover, Jaysounds, Kyro, Alex Preston and Jordan Magro. Starts at 6.30pm. Tickets from $53.50.

Free vantage points for the New Year's Eve fireworks

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.

  • Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) Park: Right under The Harbour Bridge and looking at Luna Park, this is a popular but beautiful spot. Capacity: 40,000. Open from 12.30pm, expected to reach capacity early in the day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale. No pets.
  • Mary Booth Reserve: In Kirribilli staring straight into the city, this one gets packed early. Capacity: 4,500. Open from 8am, expected to reach capacity early in the day. No food or drinks for sale. No pets.
  • Blues Point Reserve: Hugely popular for a reason. Get in while you can. Capacity: 15,000. Open from 2:25pm, expected to reach capacity early in the day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.)
  • 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, expected to reach capacity late in the day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale. No pets.
  • East Circular Quay: In front of the shops and restaurants on the path toward the Opera House, this area has great views of the Harbour Bridge. Capacity: 8,000. Open from 9am, expected to reach capacity late in the day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale. No pets.
  • Mrs Macquaries Point: A favourite every year, with spectacular views and catering and bar service. Capacity: 16,000. Open from 10am, expected to reach capacity late in the day. Food and alcohol for sale. No pets.
  • 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 3:30pm, expected to reach capacity late in the day. No food or drink for sale.
  • Balls Head Reserve: Another hot favourite on the other side of the bridge. Capacity: 2,000. Open from midday, expected to reach capacity late in the day. No food or drink for sale.
  • Pyrmont Bay Park: Nestled between the Australian National Maritime Museum and The Star, while the views of the fireworks are limited, the crowds almost never reach capacity. Capacity: 10,000. Open from 1:30pm, not expected to reach capacity. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale. 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: 41,000. Open from 11am, expected to reach capacity late in the day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.
  • 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 8am, expected to reach capacity late in the day. No food or drink for sale.

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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.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo
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Park Hyatt Sydney
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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The Hilton Sydney
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Pier One Sydney Harbour
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Sydney Harbour Marriott
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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10 Responses to New Year’s Eve Sydney 2016 | Parties, Accommodation and Fireworks

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    Scott | October 12, 2016

    Hi, I am looking for somewhere in Sydney for NYE and wondered if there is any free areas and BYO alcohol?

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      Stephanie | October 14, 2016

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for your question.
      The list of vantage points for the 2017 fireworks has not yet been released, however last year certain points such as Neilson Park, Elkington Park and Goat Island allowed for BYO drinks.
      We will update our site with confirmation of details and locations when the official listing for this year’s event comes out.
      Hope that helps,
      Stephanie

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    Karen | September 21, 2016

    We are booking a Chinese Restaurant called The East on Circular Quay which comes with sydney council tickets to access the Circular Quayside when our table expires at 8pm. Are there places to purchase alcohol without having tickets to enter the venues/bars on Circular Quay, when we have departed the restaurant at this time? We want to know that its not a non alcohol area?

    • Staff
      Stephanie | September 22, 2016

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for your question.
      As mentioned in the article, many of the council vantage points are alcohol-free however there are a few that allow you to purchase alcohol on site. In Circular Quay, these spots are Bennelong Point and Lawn with the View. There will also be alcohol available at the Barangaroo vantage point.
      There are many bars along Circular Quay that will be open to the public. Getting into each however will depend on whether they have reached their maximum capacity or not. Alternatively, bottle shops will be open however by law they are required to close at 10pm.
      I hope that helps,
      Stephanie

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    Heriberto | September 12, 2016

    Hi, I’d like to know which restaurants accept children for dinner on 31th night, and have a good view of the bridge and or opera for the fireworks. Thanks

    • Staff
      Stephanie | September 13, 2016

      Hi Heriberto,

      You can find a list of restaurants with a view of the harbour and fireworks on New Year’s Eve here.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Kimi | December 30, 2015

    Hello
    I am looking for a place to celebrate 31st eve with spectacular view of sydney harbor bridge fire works.
    We are group of around 12 people could you please help what place would be available.
    Thanks

    • Staff
      Stephanie | December 31, 2015

      Hi Kimi,

      Thanks for your comment.

      All the details required to view the New Years Eve celebration are in the article above.

      Regards,

      Stephanie

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    CreateConsultants | November 26, 2015

    How do I have our NYE event (Sydney Observatory) added to this article?

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      Stephanie | November 27, 2015

      Hi,
      We will contact you direct.
      Stephanie

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