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New Year’s Eve Guide Sydney 2021/2022

Where to see the fireworks from 12 free vantage points and everything you need to know to send off 2021 in style.

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Millions of people flock to the Sydney foreshore every New Year's Eve. This year both the 9pm fireworks and the midnight show are 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?

Where are the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney?

Each year Sydney welcomes the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display centred around Sydney Harbour.

This year the theme is "See Sydney Shine", the full program is as follows:

  • 7:30pm – Smoking Ceremony
  • 8:30pm – Projections and lighting effects on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • 9pm – Welcome to Country fireworks, curated by artist Blak Douglas
  • 12am – Midnight Fireworks, launched from Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and barges within the harbour.

Not in the CBD? Lots of councils put together their own fireworks displays to celebrate New Years.

The City of Parramatta is hosting a fireworks display at 9pm from 5 locations including Old Toongabbie, Northmead, North Parramatta, Dundas Valley and Ermington.

Check your local council's websites to see if they have anything special planned for your area.

How do I get tickets for New Year's Eve?

If you want to get front-row seat to the main event it's a good idea to book tickets online for a party or dinner in the CBD on New Year's Eve as soon as possible.

Some free locations are ticketed this year to limit numbers (see below)

Best places to see the Sydney fireworks including 15 free spots

Vantage PointLocationCostAlcohol allowedBYO allowedOpen fromDesignated accessible viewing area
Barangaroo ReserveMillers PointTickets from $20.90 per personYesNo5:00 PMYes
Beare ParkElizabeth BayFree (Ticket required)NoNo7:00 PMNo
Bicentennial ParkGlebeFree (Ticket required)YesNo7:00 PMNo
Blues Point ReserveMcMahons PointFreeNoNo8:00 AMNo
Botanic GardenBridgeview – SydneyTickets from $260 per person + booking feeYesNo6:00 PMYes
Botanic Garden: Foundation and Friends NYE PicnicRoyal Botanic Garden SydneyTickets from $130 per person + booking feeYesNo5:00 PMYes
Botanic Garden: Harbour ViewRoyal Botanic Garden SydneyTickets from $25 per person + booking feeYesNo11:00 AMYes
Botanic Garden: Lawn with the ViewSydneyTickets from $250 per person + booking feeYesNo7:00 PMYes
Botanic Garden: The PointSydneyTickets from $385 per person + booking feeYesNo5:30 PMYes
Bradfield Park & Mary Booth ReserveMilsons PointFreeNoNo8:00 AMNo
Bradleys Head: Ampitheatre PrecinctMosmanTickets from $22.43 per personNoNo3:00 PMNo
Bradleys Head: Athol LawnMosmanTickets from $12.23 per personNoNo3:00 PMNo
Bradleys Head: Mast PrecinctMosmanTickets from $14.78 per personNoNo3:00 PMNo
Campbells CoveThe RocksTickets from $10 per personNoNo6:00 PMYes
Circular Quay Wharf 2Circular QuayTickets from $10 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
Dawes Point (Tar-Ra) ParkThe RocksTickets from $7.50 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
Dudley Page ReserveDover HeightsTickets from $42.86 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
East Circular QuayCircular QuayTickets from $10 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
Embarkation ParkPotts PointFree (Ticket required)NoNo7:00 PMNo
Giba ParkPyrmontFree (Ticket required)YesNo7:00 PMNo
Hickson Road ReserveThe RocksTickets from $25 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
Lavender Bay ParklandsLavender BayFreeNoNo8:00 AMNo
McKell ParkDarling PointFreeNoNo12:00 PMNo
Murray Rose Pool & Blackburn GardensDouble BayFreeNoNo3:00 PMNo
Observatory Hill ParkMillers PointFree (Ticket required)NoNo7:00 PMYes
Pirrama ParkPyrmontFree (Ticket required)NoNo7:00 PMNo
Rose Bay ForeshoreRose BayFreeNoNo3:00 PMNo
Strickland EstateVaucluseTickets from $12.23 per personNoNo5:30 PMNo
Sydney Opera HouseSydneyTickets from $10 per personYesNo12:00 PMYes
Taronga ZooMosmanTickets from $110 per personYesNo6:00 PMNo
West Circular QuayThe RocksTickets from $10 per personNoNo6:00 PMNo
Yarranabbe ParkDarling PointFree entryNoNo3:00 PMNo

Frequently asked questions about New Year's Eve in Sydney 2022

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. The City of Sydney council has already announced some of the vantage points that will be open. You will need to have a ticket to enter but they're free. These include:

  • Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point
  • Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay
  • Bicentennial Park, Glebe
  • Giba Park, Pyrmont
  • Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
  • Embarkation Point, Potts Point

This year there are no tickets required on the North Shore so you'll want to arrive early. Vantage points include:

  • Bradfield Park
  • Blues Point Reserve
  • Mary Booth Reserve
  • Quibaree Park
  • Kurraba Reserve
  • Cremorne Reserve

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

Where can I watch the New Year's Eve fireworks at home?

If you want to catch the action from the comfort of your own home you've got several options.

  • Streaming. Watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks at the official Sydney New Year's Eve website from anywhere in the world. You can stream them live from the ABC TV Facebook page and YouTube channel as well.
  • TV. Watch the fireworks and New Year's Eve coverage on the ABC. The broadcast starts at 8:30pm.
  • Radio. If you'd like to listen to the coverage, tune into KIIS 1065 from 3pm to 3am and enjoy the exclusive fireworks soundtrack from 9pm to midnight.

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

Will roads be closed on the night?

Yes. As with every New Year's Eve in Sydney, certain roads into the city will be closed in the evening. It's highly recommended that you leave your car at home.

Here's which roads are closing and at what time:

LocationClosed from
Roads in the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain including Art Gallery Rd5:00am
Hickson Rd from Millers Point to Barangaroo12:00pm
George St/Hickson Rd through The Rocks2:00pm
Macquarie St north of Bridge Street at Circular Quay2:00pm
Wheat Rd at Darling Harbour2:00pm
Upper Fort St at Observatory Hill2:00pm
Blue St, North Sydney Station3:00pm
Roads north of Bridge St at Circular Quay including sections of Young, Pitt, Loftus and Macquarie Streets5:00pm
Roads around Hyde Park and the Domain including Hospital Rd, College St and Prince Albert Rd5:00pm
Roads in North Sydney and Milsons Point including sections of Miller St, Lavender St, Pacific Hwy southbound, Blues Point Rd and Alfred St South5:00pm
Bridge St/Grosvenor St in the Sydney CBD, and roads in The Rocks, Millers Point and Pyrmont7:00pm
Citybound lanes on the Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor8:30pm to 9:30pm + 11pm to 1:30am
Roads around Wynyard including sections of York, Clarence and Margaret Streets10:00pm
Sydney Harbour Bridge closed in both directions and roads in Millers Point closed11:00pm to 1:30am

Roads reopen at various times:

  • North Sydney and Milsons Point roads reopen from 3am.
  • Most roads in the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont reopen from 4am.
  • Macquarie St north of Bridge St reopens from 6am.

Other closures to note include:

The Cahill Expressway is closed from 9pm 26 December until 4:30am 10 January.

Northbound lanes on the Cahill Expressway will be closed from 10pm 30 December until 4am 7 January.

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. There are thousands of extra services, so leave the car at home. Your public transport options for getting to and moving around the city include:

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Ferry
  • Light rail
  • NightRide

Extra train and bus services will run after midnight to ensure everyone can get home after the New Year's Eve celebrations. It's strongly encouraged to leave the city after 1am to avoid crowds.

Don't forget to plan ahead. There are some important transport changes to be aware of:

Train

  • Circular Quay. Between 5pm and midnight trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station. Use Wynyard, St James or Martin Place stations for access to harbour vantage points.
  • Milsons Point. Between 6pm and midnight, trains from the city to the north shore will not stop at Milsons Point. Get off at North Sydney station for access to Milsons Point and Kirribilli.
  • Domestic Airport and International Airport. Between 12:30am and 4:30am, trains will not stop at the Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Sydney Airport will be closed during this period.

Ferries

  • Ferries won't stop at McMahons Point wharf after 10am or Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
  • After 5pm no ferries will run to or from Circular Quay.
  • All ferries will stop between 8pm to 12:45am due to the harbour exclusion zone.
  • Limited ferries will operate after midnight to Manly and Lower North Shore wharves only.
  • There are no late-night ferries for Parramatta River (F3), Pyrmont Bay (F4), Double Bay (F7) or Watsons Bay (F9).

Buses and light rail

  • Bus services to and from the city will run via different routes between 5pm and 7pm due to road closures; North Sydney buses will divert from 3pm.
  • From 5pm light rail services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall.

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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

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      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.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      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?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      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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