10 New Year’s Eve Sydney accommodation near the fireworks
These stays give a whole new meaning to the phrase “a room with a view”.
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are some of the most spectacular in the world, but they also bring a spectacular crowd. Those vying for the most sought-after free vantage points camp all day long to ensure their view for the fireworks is pristine come midnight.
That doesn’t have to be you, though. Unless you’re the kind of person who likes to sit around on the grass for 12 hours or more, only to be surrounded by thousands of others when midnight hits, there is another option.
This year you could book a room in one of these swish hotels that are some of the best options for Sydney New Year's Eve accommodations with views of the fireworks from a private balcony, or within arms reach.
Best accommodations to find New Year's Eve Sydney hotel deals
Even if you can’t afford to stay in 5-star luxury, you shouldn’t be deprived of that 5-star view, especially on New Year’s Eve. Here are the top five budget-friendly accommodations that still have all the views you could ever dream of…
1. Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Anyone who’s booked themselves a budget stay will know they can have some pretty sweet views.
The Holiday Inn located in The Rocks is one such stay. It’s metres away from the glamorous Park Hyatt and, although it doesn’t have the same waterfront positioning or 5-star boudoirs, it does have a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
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2. Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
The rooftop on this backpacker favourite has prime positioning to capture the New Year’s Eve fireworks in all their glory - and it knows it. Each year it releases a set amount of tickets to its terrace party to ring in the new year. Naturally, they sell like hotcakes so you need to get in on them early.
Rooms in the dorms are a little slower to sell and as consolation you may still be able to find a bed with your name on it later in the game, but keep in mind that a booked bed doesn’t mean you get access to the party upstairs.
That’s okay though, because you can still join in on the street party fun that happens downstairs.
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3. North Sydney Harbourview Hotel
Break from the norm and try a view from the other side… of the bridge, that is. The Harbourview Hotel on the north side of the city sits high on a hill and boasts a unique view of the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline.
The hotel offers various packages specifically for those wishing to say a stylish farewell to the year that was, including a New Year’s Eve buffet where you can see the sky light up from a dedicated seat on the outdoor viewing area. The catch?
The Harbourview requires guests stay a minimum three nights to get this view of the fireworks.
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4. Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks
The Rendezvous Hotel is deep in the heart of the historic The Rocks precinct and housed within heritage terrace houses, one bedroom apartments and studio apartments.
Hidden slightly behind the Museum of Contemporary Art, you could easily overlook it from the outside, but you’ll be in an oasis of calm once you step through its doors.
For that view without the elbow-pushing (you know what we mean), search for the words “harbour view” when booking your room and if you can get one with a balcony, that’s an added bonus.
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5. Mercantile Sydney
This, my friends is where the party’s at. Known as the longest running Irish Pub in Sydney, The Mercantile can be found cheering in the New Year directly underneath the Harbour Bridge.
To be sure this means you probably won’t get that happy snap of the bridge in your photos, but from the Merc’s rooftop bar and the nearby Dawes Point (which sports an amazing view of the Opera House) you might be able to get some pretty decent snaps of the harbour and its surrounds.
If nothing else, it’s gonna be one helluva party.
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Best New Year's Eve Sydney accommodation splurges
Book these babies early, they sell like hotcakes around New Year’s Eve for a reason.
1. Park Hyatt Sydney
Sweeping harbour views and generously sized suites are what makes Park Hyatt Sydney one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.
Nestled underneath the Harbour Bridge and facing the Opera House, the choice is yours whether you’d like your room to command a view of the Opera House and Harbour or the city skyline.
Looking for the best of both worlds?
Head to the rooftop swimming pool for a view that laps it all up.
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2. Pullman Quay Grand Harbour
With Sydney Harbour on one side and The Botanic Gardens on the other, the Pullman Quay Grand Harbour is the 5-star escape that’ll make you the envy of all your friends.
Rooms come in apartment style with ensuite spa baths you can cool your jets in before the spectacular show begins.
Choose a room facing the Harbour Bridge to make the most of your stay.
Alternatively, head down to ECQ bar for the same view and a well-stocked bar at your fingertips.
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3. Pier One Sydney Harbour
Over-the-water suites, exemplary service, panoramic views of the Harbour and 5-star relaxation that drips with modern trimmings and early twentieth century Federation architecture... have you fallen off your seat yet?
Welcome to Pier One Sydney Harbour.
The Harbour View Balcony Suite is a room worth the splurge, with a private deck that overlooks The Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Luna Park.
Some suites also come with a designer daybed so you can relax as the fireworks do all the, well, work.
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4. Four Seasons Sydney
Towering high above Sydney Harbour and set ideally at its entrance, the Four Seasons is one of the few luxe hotels where you can drink up views of both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge right from your hotel room.
You don’t have to blow the budget on the Presidential Suite for this winning view either, full harbour junior suites and premier rooms will serve you just as well.
Take a look at the image if you don't believe us.
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5. Shangri-La Sydney
If the view from your plush suite doesn’t cut it , just take the lift to level 36. Up here, at the hotel’s Altitude Restaurant, is one of the most coveted views of the harbour.
Drink it up as you drink your Champagne up, because it’s something to celebrate. As is your room, which can offer anything from Opera House to Darling Harbour views.
Capture them both in the Royal Suite and we’ll eat our hats if that girl doesn’t say “yes”.
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