New Year’s Eve Sydney 2018 | Best Fireworks Views, Events and Parties

Find out what's happening in Sydney on New Year's Eve and start 2018 with a bang.

Planning early for next year's New Year's Eve celebrations? Well, you've come to the right place. With more than a million people flocking to the Sydney foreshore, there's sure to be a party no matter where you watch from - and we have a few ideas for where find the best ones.

Top things to do on New Year's Eve in Sydney


Popular free vantage points for the New Year's Eve fireworks

Sydney Harbour has dozens of prime fireworks viewing areas scattered all along Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Balmain and the North Shore to name a few. Here's the main vantage points to head to if you'd like to ring in 2018 on the harbour.

LocationCapacityFood and drinkWhen does it open?What to Expect
Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) Park40,000Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity early in the day.Right under The Harbour Bridge and looking at Luna Park, this is a popular but beautiful spot.
Mary Booth Reserve4,500No food or drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity early in the day.In Kirribilli staring straight into the city, this one gets packed early.
Blues Point Reserve15,000Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity early in the day.Hugely popular for a reason. Get in while you can.
Observatory Hill Park7,500Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity late in the day.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.
East Circular Quay8,000Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity early in the day.In front of the shops and restaurants on the path toward the Opera House, this area has great views of the Harbour Bridge.
Mrs Macquaries Point16,000Food and alcohol for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity late in the day.A favourite every year, with spectacular views and catering and bar service.
Thornton Park1,000No food or drink for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity late in the day.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.
Pyrmont Bay Park10,000Food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.Not yet announced, but not expected to reach capacityNestled between the Australian National Maritime Museum and The Star, while the views of the fireworks are limited, the crowds almost never reach capacity.
Darling Harbour - Cockle Bay41,000Food and non-alcoholic drinks for saleNot yet announced, expected to reach capacity late in the day.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.
Birchgrove Park5,000No food or drink for sale.Not yet announced, but expected to reach capacity late in the day.With views of the western side of the Bridge, this unassuming park is a pretty neat spot to ring in the new year.


Best events on New Year's Eve in Sydney:

Parties are held across the city every New Years Eve. Here were some of the top events for 2017/2018:

What's events are on New Year's Eve in Sydney Botanical Gardens?

  • Midnight at the Oasis: Complete with panoramic harbour views, this event features a 3-course meal at a reserved table and live music to pump you up for the big countdown. You'll also get exclusive access to the Fleet Steps. Tickets are $430. 18+ only.
  • Harbour Hoopla NYE Event: Check out the fireworks display off the Harbour Bridge from the lush hill above the Opera House at Circular Quay for this all-ages event. There will be funfair games, circus performers and a range of food options included. You'll also get exclusive access to Tarpeian Way. Tickets are $325..

What's happened on New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House?

  • Bennelong: Feast on canapés followed by a five-course dinner by Peter Gilmore that's paired with matching wines, all within the Opera House's sails. Price: $1,490 per person.
  • Opera Gala: Sit back and watch some of opera's most famous arias on stage in the Opera House's Concert Hall, with favourites by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. This show also gives the chance to watch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks. Tickets from $299.
  • The Merry Widow: Watch this glitzy operetta performed by Australian star Danielle de Niese and a stellar accompanying cast complete with fishtail gowns and patent leather shoes. Tickets from $269.

For more information about La Boheme and Opera Gala, check out our main page about the events.

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

  • Harbour Party NYE 2017 at Luna Park: Ride all of the rides and then party your way into the new year with Havana Brown, Sneaky Sound System, Jesabel at Luna Park. Rides will be open until 1am and the park will be open until 3am at this 18+ event. Tickets from $219 for Diamond VIP.
  • New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island: Spend the night camping on Cockatoo Island, surrounded by the harbour and views of the fireworks. While glamping spots are sold out, one- and two-night camping packages are still available. Camping for four people from $450 per night, camping for six people from $750 per night.
  • NYE at Bradleys Head: Mast Precinct: Nearby to the Athol Lawn, the Mast Precinct offers access to the upper road, boardwalk and grassy areas near the Mast. There will be live entertainment and music, plus pizza, Brazilian BBQ, ice cream and coffee available for purchase. Starts from 3pm. Tickets from $48.73 for adults, $17.43 for children, $104.80 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • New Year's Eve at Goat Island: Take in the view from the west side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Goat Island, near Balmain. Ferries to the island at 6:30pm and 7:15pm. Tickets from $201.66 for adults, $135.39 for children.
  • 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 $33.44 for adults, $17.43 for children 5-15, $74.22 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • 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 $395.36 for adults, $242.44 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 Thievery. Ferries to the island at 6:15pm and 7pm. Tickets from $232.24 for adults, $165.97 for children 5-16, free for children younger than five.

Getting around: Sydney New Year's Eve Road closures and public transport options:

While lines for transport leaving the city centre are often long, New Year's Eve is still a night to leave your car at home if you can.

Information about public transport hasn't been released for this year yet, but here's what the go was last year:

  • 4,500 extra transport services, including an additional 1,000 trains, will be running on New Year's Eve
  • Circular Quay station will be closed from 6pm-1am and Milsons Point station will be closed to city-bound travellers from 6pm-12am.
  • Buses replace light rail services from 2:30pm-4am
  • Ferries will stop running on New Year's Eve from 8pm-12:45am and Transport NSW expects services to fill up, so plan to travel early.
  • Uber surcharges were very high last year, so be extra careful in checking the rate before booking a car.
  • Road closures start from 11am: Cahill Expressway will close to traffic from 11am and roads in The Rocks will close from 2pm, Anzac Bridge and the Western Distributor will be closed between 8:30pm-9:30pm and again from 11:30pm-1:30am. The Harbour Bridge is closed to walkers and cyclists from 6pm- and traffic from 11pm-1:30am. All streets in the CBD north from Liverpool Street will be closed from 11pm.


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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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    KarenSeptember 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?

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      StephanieSeptember 22, 2016Staff

      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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    HeribertoSeptember 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
      StephanieSeptember 13, 2016Staff

      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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    KimiDecember 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
      StephanieDecember 31, 2015Staff

      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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    CreateConsultantsNovember 26, 2015

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

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      StephanieNovember 27, 2015Staff

      Hi,
      We will contact you direct.
      Stephanie

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