New Year’s Eve Sydney 2019/2020 | Must-buy tickets for the best fireworks views

New Year's Eve parties, packages and viewpoints to start 2019 with a bang

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More than a million people flock to the Sydney foreshore ever New Year’s Eve. If you want to nab uninterrupted panoramic views and avoid the crowds, booking a ticketed package is a must.

Naturally, they sell out super quick. So there’s no time like the present to book yours.

For a trip that leaves you with lasting memories, we’ve outlined the most sought-after tickets in town to spend New Year’s in Sydney under the fireworks.

Now all you have to do is get in before they disappear.

3 top things to do on New Year’s Eve in Sydney

  • Harbourside restaurant packages. Book a table at the prime restaurants for the best views of the fireworks.
  • Cruise the harbour. Get a whole new perspective of the fireworks from a harbour cruise with dinner and drinks.
  • Check into a hotel with a view. Get the best views without the crowds.

The best of the rest: Other top things to do in Sydney for New Year’s

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  • Drink up panoramic views of the harbour and the fireworks from the Botanical Gardens
  • Celebrate under the sails of the Opera House
  • Roll out the picnic blanket at reserves around the harbour
  • Spend the night on an island under the fireworks
  • Be a VIP at an all-inclusive party at Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and more
  • Catch the fireworks at one of the free vantage points around the city
  • Spend New Year’s on the seas with a NYE ocean cruise
  • Make a New Year’s resolution

What’s 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 band and DJ music to pump you up for the big countdown. You’ll also get exclusive access to the Fleet Steps. Tickets are £250. 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 £185.
  • Lawn With A View. Mark your place on Bennelong Lawn with a picnic blanket in hand and the kids in tow for a relaxing New Year’s Eve. You’ll get exclusive access to Bennelong Park and your spot includes a gourmet hamper to feast on. Because no one should have to cook tonight. Tickets are £200.
  • New Year’s Eve Botanic Garden Party. Surrounded by greenery, join a garden party at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens filled with live entertainment, complimentary drinks a range of nibbles and desserts and an exclusive vantage point of the fireworks display. Tickets from £330

Sydney Opera House ticketed events:

  • 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. Tickets from £880 per person.
  • Opera Bar. Welcome the New Year on Darling Harbour foreshore almost directly under the sails of the Opera House. The 18+ only event is still being finalised. Details TBC.
  • 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 £110.
  • La Boheme. Set among the fishnets of 1930s Berlin, this operetta that burns with the fire of romance and jealousy. Try to hold back your tears. Tickets from £110.
  • 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 and food available for purchase. Starts from 3pm. Tickets from £30 for adults, £15 for children, £65 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • NYE at Bradleys Head, Athol Lawn. On the Mosman foreshore, Bradley’s Head has excellent views of the harbour and is an affordable North Shore option. Food is available for purchase, alcohol is prohibited. Starts from 3pm. Tickets from £21 for adults, £12 for children 5-15, £50 for a family of two adults and two children, free for children younger than five.
  • New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo Reserve. One of the newest places you can watch the big show from, Barangaroo is limited to ticketholders only. But at an affordable £23 a ticket, it’s an ideal spot for an evening picnic to kick off the New Year. There’s also food and drink for sale. Tickets from £23 for adults, £11 for students and seniors, £3 for children.
  • Dudley Page Reserve. One that’s great for the kids and for the wallet, with tickets from just £10 a pop for children 5-16 years old. The child-friendly event has free jumping castle and facepainting. There’s room on the lawn to bring your own picnic and there’s a bar on site. Starts at 6pm. Tickets are £22 for adults and £10 for children and seniors.
  • 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 depart at 6:30pm and 7:15pm. Tickets from £120 for adults, £80 for children.
  • Shark Island.: Have a vibrant start to the new year at this island party, with music provided by DJ Lexe Deluxe spinning funk and soul and dining on gourmet eats (for sale) like New York style hot dogs and nachos. Ferries to the island depart at 6:15pm and 7pm. Tickets from ££137 for adults, £98 for children 5-16, free for children younger than five.
  • Cockatoo Island Glamping and Camping. Spending a nights on Cockatoo Island over New Year’s Eve with epic views of the fireworks costs less than some of these events and you don’t have to worry about getting on public transport or into a taxi after the fireworks are done. Tickets from £360 for up to 6 people.
  • 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 depart at 6pm and 6:45pm. Tickets from £228 for adults, £140 for children 5-15, free for children younger than five.
  • Cruise Bar. Sitting right underneath the Harbour Bridge with pristine views over the harbour, Cruise Bar comes alive with the sound of Aussie DJs, the Stafford Brothers, glasses of sparkling clinking in celebration and food stands to be reckoned with. General admission tickets from £55, VIP tickets which grant access to the rooftop and include food and drinks from £194.
  • Harbour Party NYE 2018 at Luna Park. Ride all of the rides and then party your way into the new year with The Veronicas, Nicole Millar, KLP, Purple Sneakers DJs and Nat Conway. Rides will be open until 1am and the park will be open until 3am at this 18+ event. Tickets from £72 for General Admission tickets. Food and beverage packages start from £244pp.
  • New Year’s Eve at Pier One Sydney Harbour. Unrivalled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are what you’ll get at this hotel on a pier, just below the fireworks site. This all-inclusive event includes entertainment and unlimited food and drink. Tickets from £365.

CockatooIslandNYEPopular 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, to name a few. While the official spots for 2019/2020 haven’t been announced yet, here’s the main vantage points for 2017/2018 to get an idea of what to expect come December.

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LocationCapacityFood and drinkWhere is it?When does it open?What you’ll see
Barangaroo Reserve10,000Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Millers Point6:00 PMViews of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Balmain, Goat Island and Balls Head Point.
Birchgrove Park5,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Birchgrove8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, no views of the Opera House.
Blues Point Reserve5,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.McMahons Point4:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Bradfield Park35,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Milsons Point8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and partial views of the Opera House from the park below the bridge on the north shore.
Bradleys Head: Athol Lawn2,500Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Mosman3:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and partial views of the Opera House.
Bradleys Head: Mast Precint1,600Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Mosman3:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and partial views of the Opera House.
Cahill Expressway3,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Circular Quay6:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and partial views of the Opera House.
Campbells Cove6,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Hickson Road9:30 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the steps next to the Park Hyatt Hotel.
Clark Island480Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Clark Island6:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Cremorne Point7,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Cremorne Point1:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from across the harbour.
Darling Harbour40,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Darling Harbour11:00 AMViews of the Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay fireworks. No views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House.
Dawes Point (Tar-Ra) Park38,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.The Rocks12:30 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from the grass next to the south end of the bridge.
Dudley Page Reserve2,500Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Dover Heights6:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Duff Reserve100No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Point Piper12:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Dumaresq Reserve250No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Rose Bay3:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
East Circular Quay6,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Circular Quay9:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Elkington Park3,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Balmain8:00 AMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Embarkation Park700No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Potts Point6:00 PMPartial views of Sydney Harbour Bridge from some parts of the park, no views of the Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Illoura Reserve2,850No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Balmain East8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the east, no view of the Opera House.
Lookes Avenue Reserve1,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Balmain East8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the east, no view of the Opera House.
Manly Cove15,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Manly5:00 PMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air can be seen.
Manns Point2,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Greenwich3:30 PMPartial views of Sydney Harbour Bridge from some parts of the park, no views of the Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Mary Booth Reserve4,500No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Kirribilli8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the north shore.
McKell Park1,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Darling Point12:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the east, no view of the Opera House.
Mort Bay Park3,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Birchgrove8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the west, no view of the Opera House.
Mrs Macquaries Point14,000Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Mrs Macquaries Point10:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the east.
Murray Rose Pool and Blackburn Gardens500No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Double Bay2:00 PMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
North Head2,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Manly5:30 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour and city skyline.
Observatory Hill Park4,500Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Millers Point12:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the behind, no view of the Opera House.
Pirrama Park15,000Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Pyrmont2:00 PMViews of Sydney Harbour Bridge from some parts of the park, no views of the Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Pirrama Park: Wharf viewing650Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Pyrmont3:30 PMViews of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Pyrmont Bay Park10,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Pyrmont1:30 PMPartial views of Sydney Harbour Bridge from some parts of the park, no views of the Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Robertson Park500No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Watsons Bay12:00 PMPartial views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Rose Bay Foreshore100No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Rose Bay2:00 PMPartial views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Royal Botanic Garden: Calyx300Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Calyx7:30 PMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air can be seen.
Royal Botanic Garden: Harbour Hoopla3,050Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Tarpeian Way6:00 PMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air can be seen.
Royal Botanic Garden: Lawn with the view960Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Bennelong Lawn7:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Royal Botanic Garden: The Point800Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Mrs Macquaries Point5:30 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Rushcutters Bay Park2,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Darling Point12:00 PMNo views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Opera House. Fireworks in the air and from barges can be seen.
Shark Island780Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Sydney Harbour6:15 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Simmons Point300No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Balmain East10:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the west, no view of the Opera House.
Sydney Opera House7,000Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Bennelong Point7:30 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Opera House.
Taronga Zoo2,300Food and drink for sale. BYO prohibited.Mosman6:00 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The Rocks40,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.The Rocks12:00 PMPartial views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Thornton Park1,000No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Balmain East3:30 PMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the west, no view of the Opera House.
Yarranabbe Park10,000Food for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Darling Point12:00 PMViews of the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the east, no view of the Opera House.
Yurulbin Park200No food or drink for sale. Alcohol prohibited.Birchgrove8:00 AMViews of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the west, no view of the Opera House.

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 (2017):

  • 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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