How to enjoy the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks for 2020/2021
What's happening and how to get tickets.
For many Sydneysiders, it certainly will be a happy New Year. The iconic New Year's Eve fireworks have today been given the green light for 2020/2021.
While details of the 31 December event haven't yet been announced, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there will be "some type of fireworks event".
With no end in sight to the COVID-19 restrictions in place for larger gatherings, the premier added the event will "not be like any other New Year's Eve we have had".
There's currently a 20-person limit to both indoor and outdoor public gatherings, meaning the usual crowds of up to 1-million spectators who line the harbour's shores are this year unfeasible.
Aside from the usual crowding into Darling Harbour or along the water at Circular Quay, there are other ways to enjoy the midnight spectacular, including options that are COVIDSafe.
Here are five ways to experience the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks to finally bid adieu to 2020 and welcome in 2021:
Get tickets for a harbour cruise
With a limit on the number of passengers, cruises should be able to sail the Harbour's waters. Passenger numbers will likely be limited due to social distancing requirements, so prices may be higher than previous years.AnyBoat is currently selling tickets to cruises on sale from $460 per person, and Captain Cook Cruises is offering dinner-and-cruise packages from $1,150.
Check into a hotel on the harbour
For the ultimate private New Year's Eve fireworks viewing, book into a hotel overlooking one of the city's fireworks displays. We're still able to find availability at hotels including Harbour View rooms at the Ibis Darling Harbour, King and Twin Rooms with Harbour View at the Hyatt Regency Sydney and various harbour and bridge view rooms at the InterContinental Sydney (pictured).
In general, as of the time of publish, hotel prices for New Year's Eve in Sydney are on average lower than in years past, with centrally located hotels (without views, unfortunately) going for $400-$500 for the night.
Book a table at a restaurant with a view
While seats at venues will be limited, if you don't want to dine at home and want to catch the fireworks in person, you can make a reservation for a restaurant along the harbour – or high above it.
You can book a table at the Sydney Tower Buffet with Experience Oz from $550 per person.
Attend a ticketed New Year's Eve event
Getting tickets to a New Year's Eve party can give you exclusive access to fireworks vantage points, dinners and drinks, while ensuring that the number of attendees is controlled.
Details haven't been announced yet, but the Royal Botanic Gardens' website does have a countdown to an event which you can pre-register interest for when tickets do go on sale.
It's not too late for more events to be organised, and we'll update our New Year's Eve in Sydney page with new events as they become available.
Stay home and stream it with family and friends
Given the limits on crowds that can watch from the harbour foreshore or attend restaurants and events, as the Premier put it in this morning's press conference "the vast majority of us will be watching from home".
The midnight fireworks will be streamed and available online and on TV. So, why not invite up to 19 of your nearest and dearest over, or just cosy up on the couch with your family, this New Year's Eve?
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