The ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve Sydney 2021/2022

Where to see the fireworks, NYE harbour cruises, restaurant packages, hotels with views and more.

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Millions of people flock to the Sydney foreshore every New Year's Eve however, this year may look a little different. The 9pm fireworks have been cancelled but the midnight show is set to light up Sydney on 31 December.

We're expecting to hear more news about how New Year's Eve will play out in Sydney in the following weeks. Be sure to check back to find the latest updates and information so you can plan the best New Year's Eve yet.

What would you like to do on New Year's Eve in Sydney?

On top of restaurant packages, harbour cruises and hotel stays these are some of your other options for catching the fireworks in the city.

Hot tip: choose carefully and you can score a bird's-eye view of the midnight fireworks from restaurants such as Tayim Restaurant and Bar.


Things to do on New Year's Eve in Sydney

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Frequently asked questions about New Year's Eve in Sydney 2021

What are the popular free vantage points for the New Year's Eve fireworks?

Sydney Harbour has dozens of prime fireworks viewing areas scattered along Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Balmain and the North Shore. It's yet to be confirmed which vantage points will be open to the public in 2021.

Popular vantage points for the Sydney fireworks:

  • Bradfield Park
  • Blues Point Reserve
  • Mary Booth Reserve
  • Quibaree Park
  • Kurraba Reserve
  • Cremorne Reserve
  • Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay
  • Embarkation Park, Potts Point
  • Bicentennial Park, Glebe
  • Giba Park, Pyrmont
  • Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
  • Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point

Before heading out, check the council's website to ensure the vantage point you've chosen is open on the night.


What will public transport be like on the night?

People travelling into Sydney CBD on New Year's Eve are encouraged to plan in advance and catch public transport into the city instead of driving in. Your public transport options for getting to and moving around the city include:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Ferry
  • Light Rail
  • NightRide

Extra train and bus services run after midnight to ensure everyone can get home after the New Year's Eve celebrations.


Will roads be closed on the night?

Yes. As with every New Year's Eve in Sydney, certain roads in and into the city will be closed on the evening.

All closed and restricted roads will reopen from 4am on New Year's Day.


Will recreational boats be allowed on the harbour?

Yes. Recreational boats are permitted on the Harbour on New Year's Eve, though they must follow all maritime laws.


What are some of the best restaurants with harbour views?

Waterfront or rooftop restaurants are your best bet for securing a table with a view. Here are some of our favourites for 2021:

  • Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant
  • City Extra
  • Tayim Restaurant and Bar
  • Bennelong at the Opera House
  • Opera Bar
  • Opera Kitchen
  • Aria
  • Aqua Dining
  • Quay
  • Cruise Bar
  • O Bar and Dining
  • Cafe Sydney

Where to stay: New Year's Eve Sydney hotels

If you don't want to bother with the commute home, or are visiting the city, here are some top spots to book with perfect views to kick off the New Year.

Note: limited rooms available.

Looking for more options? Check out our top picks of the best budget hotels and splurges on accommodation with views of the fireworks.


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    BjörnMarch 4, 2019

    when does the ticket sale for NYE 2020 approximately start (your empirical values)? how long does it take until the locations are sold out?
    Thanks in advance!
    Björn

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      NikkiMarch 5, 2019

      Hi Björn,

      Thanks for reaching out! The exact dates hasn’t been announced yet so you can come back on our site from month to month to check if it the announcement is up! Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    NAHARUDDINSeptember 3, 2018

    When can I book tickets for Sydney Opera House Gala New Year 2019?

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      JoelSeptember 4, 2018

      Hi Naharuddin,

      Thanks for leaving a question on Finder.

      You can purchase tickets for Premium, A-, B- and C-Reserve seats for both La Bohème and Opera Gala.

      Just click on the seats you’d like to purchase above and you’ll be able to complete your order.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    MeriPNGAugust 28, 2018

    Hi

    I am travelling with my daughters to see/experience Sydney NYE 2018/2019.It’s their first trip overseas. I would like to find a family friendly place with a good vantage point. We don’t mind joining the long queues just to get a good spot. Our accommodation is in Arncliffe so I guess we will need to travel in early. So any vantage point on the side of the bridge we will be staying in would be good.

    Thanks

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      JoshuaAugust 29, 2018Staff

      Hi MeriPNG,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Since there are a lot of options for you to see or experience Sydney’s New Year’s Eve, it would be a good idea to explore our page, specifically the map you will find above as it outlines the different vantage points. Take into consideration your personal needs, preference, and budget when looking for a place to stay as well.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    RonaDecember 8, 2017

    I am looking to find out when/where tickets go on sale for the fireworks at Sydney harbour for new year 2018/2019? I would be buying online from the UK.

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      DeeDecember 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Rona,

      Thanks for your question.

      You are already on the right page where you may check for ticket deals for the New Year’s Eve fireworks views in Sydney.
      You can click the “Get Deal” button on the page if you want to check the details of a particular deal. And yes, you may book online even if you are from the UK.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    ScottOctober 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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      StephanieOctober 14, 2016Staff

      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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