Sydney has long been on the list for travellers across the world as the place to be to bring in the New Year and with good reason. With the world's most spectacular fireworks display on offer and a range of exciting experiences to be a part of, there's no better place to start off the year.
The action also doesn't stop when the sun rises with a host of activities and events across a range of iconic Sydney venues on New Year's Day offering plenty more fun up for grabs.
New Year's Eve – Vantage points
The beauty of Sydney is that you can catch a great view of the fireworks from plenty of spots around the Harbour.
Here are just a few of the best vantage points – but get there early before they fill up! For a full list visit www.sydneynewyearseve.com
Mrs Macquaries Point
1 Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Opening times:10.00am 31 December to 12.30am 1 January
Mrs Macquaries Point is one of the more popular viewing spots for New Year's Eve as it provides fantastic views of the New Year's Eve Fireworks Display. This vantage point also offers catering and bar services available for purchase.
North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Opening times: 5.00pm 31 Dec to 12.30am 1 Jan
While this site might not have an up close view of the fireworks, North Head, situated in Manly on the northern most edge of Sydney Harbour, has the advantage of being set away from the city crowds, offering a spectacular panorama of the Harbour and Sydney skyline.
Harris St, Pyrmont
Opening times: 2.00pm 31 Dec to 1.00am 1 Jan
This family friendly vantage point offers great views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour and features fully licensed bars and temporary food vending operators in operation from midday until 1.00am.
Tarpeian Precinct (Macquarie Street Lawns)
Located off Macquarie Street, Sydney
Opening times: 10.00am 31 Dec to 12.30am 1 Jan
Tarpeian Precinct, adjacent to the Sydney Opera House, has wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, offering a fine vantage point for viewing the New Year's Eve fireworks display.
Bradfield Park, Milsons Point
Alfred Street, North Sydney
Opening times: 12.00pm 31 Dec to 12.15am 1 Jan
Bradfield Park is a popular site for families, which offers views from the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's one of the best views looking onto impressive scenes of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Hickson Rd, Sydney
Opening times: 8.00am 31 Dec to 2.00am 1 Jan
Campbell's Cove is located east of The Rocks and north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and offers good views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Crowds arrive early as the area usually closes to new arrivals at around 4.00pm.
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Circular Quay
Opening times: 7.30am 31 Dec to 2.00am 1 Jan
To nab a spot at this iconic spot it's best to arrive as early as possible as the Sydney Opera House reaches capacity early in the day. Food and drinks are available for purchase onsite.
Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point
Blues Point Road, McMahons Point
Opening times: 12.00pm 31 Dec to 1.00am 1 Jan
Blues Point Reserve is a fantastic and popular location to catch all the New Year's Eve action. Making an afternoon of it is a must. See the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skies above light up!
Luxe New Year's Eve
For those that want a luxe experience, here are just a few ideas:
Luxe New Year's Eve
For a 'ferry good view' of the fireworks, hop on an iconic Sydney Harbour Ferry for a front row seat of all the firework action. Launched for the first time this year, guests can sit back and relax as they cruise around Sydney Harbour before catching the 9am and midnight fireworks from the middle of Sydney Harbour, off Bradley's Head. Ferries depart from Manly, Meadowbank, Circular Quay or Rose Bay wharves and guests can pack a picnic to enjoy on-board.
Tickets: From $125 and kids under 3 are free
New Year's Eve Under the Stars
This year sees the launch of the inaugural New Year's Eve Under the Stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Ticket holders enjoy a prime vantage point on the lawn adjacent to Bennelong, Tarpiean Way with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Tickets include a premium all-inclusive food and beverage package from 7pm until midnight by renowned Sydney catering company, Trippas White Group.
Tickets: $395 per person.
For more information: http://www.nyeunderthestars.com.au/
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Fine dining and great views will go hand in hand at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, which is offering an indulgent 7-course degustation including champagne on arrival, whilst taking in both the 9pm and midnight fireworks on a harbour-front lawn. A live band will keep the party and dance floor going from 7pm – 1am.
Tickets: at $500 per person (adults only)
For bookings phone 02 9241 2419
For more information: www.botanicrestaurant.com.au/
There are a few options to welcome the New Year in prime position, 36 levels above the famous fireworks display in Sydney Harbour. For the family, why not indulge in a midnight fireworks buffet, including a diverse selection of global delights, succulent seafood, desserts, premium sparkling and still wines and beers.
Tickets: $325 per adult and $125 per child
For more information: www.shangri-la.com/sydney/
New Year's Day
Post New Year's Eve, there's plenty to love about Sydney's dining and bar scene on New Year's Day. For something a little extra special here's a few tips:
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay
Welcome the New Year on the beachfront at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel as you listen to summer sounds by Mr Glass, Matt Sav and Yolanda. Complimentary cocktail on arrival and beverages from 12pm – 3pm plus an array of mouth-watering canapés will be on offer on the Top Deck of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.
For more information visit: www.watsonsbayhotel.com.au
Field Day, The Domain Sydney
Set on the first day of the year at The Domain, Field Day is the city's most popular boutique music festival, mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic music artists from around the world. For young Sydneysiders, Field Day is the ultimate party to welcome in the New Year.
For more information visit: www.fielddaynyd.com.au
Daniel San, Manly
Spend a recovery session by the beach on the rooftop at Daniel San and enjoy the best views in Manly listening to the beats from Yolanda by Cool along with some of Sydney's hottest DJ's and talent.
For more information visit: www.danielsan.com.au
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