Where do I go to see the fireworks? Is there anything to do other than watching the fireworks? Your guide to New Year's Eve and where's best to watch fireworks in Sydney right here.
As the Christmas celebrations wrap up, that's not the end of the festivities! If you're looking for the best spots to watch some of the most spectacular New Year's eve fireworks, you've come to the right place. Scroll on to find out what suits you - there's something on this list for everyone.
I want to see the fireworks outside, catered, with BYO.
If you've been planning to see one of the biggest countdown fireworks, perhaps spending some $$$ for a catered outdoor area will be worth the experience for you. This not only gives you a prime position, but also a little more standing room, where you won't have to worry about BYO or rowdy crowds that go out of control. The most popular spots are:
- Taronga Zoo
- Royal Botanic Gardens (The Garden Oasis)
- Luna Park
I want to see the fireworks outside, catered, but I want to go somewhere that's not as touristy.
9pm is usually when the atmosphere picks up - with family fireworks (because kids need to sleep early and all that!) but this is just the entree to what's to come. From 9.15pm the Harbour of Light Parade takes over, with an illuminated armada of boats and ships floating by. And at midnight, bask in the full glory of the fireworks overhead as they kick off in full swing. Your go-to spots are:
- The Opera Bar
- Glenmore Hotel (The Rocks) rooftop bar
I want to see the fireworks outside - for free.
Arrive early at a free area and start your own picnic! - repeat - Arrive early. The catch with free areas is that they traditionally don't allow BYO. Here are your options:
- North Head
The area is alcohol-free, but can easily accommodate as many as 2,000 people so you won't have to worry about shortage of space. You can't get a full view of the bridge but you can get a sweet view of the explosions overhead - which is after all what we're after.
- Robertson Park
Robertson Park is your second choice, with unobstructed views of the bridge on an unmanaged alcohol-free site. Perhaps set-up here early and head off for the after-party at someone's house.
I want to see the fireworks from on the water!
If you're looking to see the fireworks from on the water - and trust me, you can get pretty spectacular views of the fireworks from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, why not go on a boat cruise? Most NYE cruises are going for $500, but you can get a cheaper deal right here! Don't say we didn't tell you 😉
I want something a little more special.
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
This NYE, Watsons Bay Hotel are hosting the ultimate summer party. Say goodbye to 2016 in style as you watch the midnight fireworks light up overhead, with tunes from POOLCLVB, Jonny Powel, the Artful Force, DJ Cloud Rider and Tina Turntables. General admission will grant you entry to the Hotel's Beach Club, VIP tickets will get you exclusive bar and balcony access and complimentary bites and beverages from 5-7pm. VIP dinner tickets include a sit-down three-course feast and two hours of beverages in the Sunset Room. Check out the website for more details!
- Cockatoo Island
Want to watch Sydney's NYE fireworks without crowds, traffic and long walks? Cockatoo Island is what you're looking for, with brilliant vantage point for the fireworks, and accommodation. You can camp, glamp or stay in restored Heritage Houses and apartments. There is plenty of entertainment on offer; activities for kids, guided tours, music as well as food and drink. The minimum stay is two nights from Dec 30-Jan 1.
I'll pass on the fireworks.
If fireworks and crowded areas simply aren't your thing, then maybe a quiet getaway will do the trick. How about a Blue Mountains roadtrip over the long public holiday weekend, or a trip down to Hunter Valley? Wine away your weekend in your comfort, away from the crowds so you'll be all refreshed to ring in the new year.