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. And if New Year's Eve cruises aren't your thing or you don't want to join the crowds at the city's most sought-after free vantage points, then read on.

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.

1. Holiday Inn Old Sydney

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Situated in The Rocks, The Holiday Inn is 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.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • View: Overlooking Circular Quay between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

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2. Sydney Harbour YHA

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The rooftop on this backpacker favourite has unrivalled views compared to other hostels in the city. It's positioning is prime 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, which, unfortunately, are not included in the room rate. Naturally, they sell like hotcakes so you need to get in on them early.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 5 stars (Upscale Hostel)
  • View: Overlooking Circular Quay between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

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3. North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

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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.

  • Location: North Sydney
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • View: Above Lavender Bay overlooking Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and the CBD

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4. Rendezvous Hotel Sydney

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Deep in the heart of the historic The Rocks precinct, The Rendezvous Hotel is housed within heritage terrace houses, featuring studios and one bedroom 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.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • View: Harbourview rooms overlook Circular Quay between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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5. Mercantile Sydney

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This is where the party’s at. Known as the longest running Irish Pub in Sydney, The Mercantile can be found where the crowd is cheering in the New Year directly underneath the Harbour Bridge from the Merc’s rooftop bar and the nearby Dawes Point (which sports an amazing view of the Opera House).

If nothing else, it’s gonna be one helluva party.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 2.5 stars
  • View: Below the Harbour Bridge, short walk from Circular Quay.

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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.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • View: Panoramic views of Circular Quay, directly across from the Opera House and next to the Harbour Bridge.

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2. Pullman Quay Grand Harbour

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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. Choose a room facing the Harbour Bridge to make the most of your stay.

  • Location: Circular Quay
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • View: Views of Circular Quay, directly across from the MCA with the Harbour Bridge in full sight.

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3. Pier One Sydney Harbour

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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.

  • Location: Dawes Point
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • View: Across from Luna Park on the west side of the Harbour Bridge, between the Bridge and Barangaroo.

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4. Four Seasons Sydney

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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.

  • Location: Circular Quay
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • View: Harbour view rooms overlook Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Higher levels overlook the entire harbour with the chance to catch other fireworks shows in the city.

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5. Shangri-La Sydney

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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”.

  • Location: The Rocks
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • View: High above The Rocks with views of Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. If you're watching Altitude Restaurant or Blu Bar 36, there's the chance to catch other fireworks shows in the city.

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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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