Decided to spend New Year’s Eve in one of the best cities in the world but wondering how to make the most out of the night and make it an unforgettable experience? With over 1 million people expected to make their way to the city on this special night, it’s probably worth planning out your evening in advance and guess what? Whatever your idea of the perfect night might be, affordable picnic option to more exclusive ticketed events, we’ve got you covered! Grab a drink, sit back, relax and plan your best New Years’ Eve yet 😉

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Your SydNYE 2018 program

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  • The New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off at 6pm with a fantastic airshow. Indeed, the famous pre-show entertainment will see a thrilling airshow above the harbour followed by another one at 8pm.
  • At 7:30pm, the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony will be performed by Gadigal Elders.
  • At 9pm, the family fireworks display will give the youngest the opportunity to experience a gorgeous and unforgettable show as they might doze off a little bit later.
  • At 9.08pm, with the magical Harbour of Light Parade, a dazzling colorful light show will see ships illuminate the harbour with the promise of blowing the crowd away.
  • At midnight, the city and the whole country will officially kick off 2019 in the most spectacular fashion with the world’s famous fireworks display exploding over the Harbour Bridge in millions of colours. Expect Glorious pyrotechnic effects and sumptuous visual spectacles this year again 😉

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The best free vantage points to enjoy Sydney NYE fireworks

Below, a map of the best vantage points to experience the magical sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks this year:

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If a lot of spots are ticketed events only, there are still a lot of free vantage points from which you can experience the show. Some of our favorite free spots are :

Robertson Park, Watsons Bay

This is one of the most distant locations from where you can watch the fireworks display and although you’ll get distant views of the city and limited views of the Bridge, you’ll still be able to witness the fireworks. The benefit of this location is that it is way less crowded than closer vantage points.The entry is free.
Note that alcohol is prohibited but you can still bring some food and snacks to munch on whilst gazing at the show. Also only 500 people are allowed in the park to watch the spectacle, so make sure you get there before noon, if you want to be one of the lucky ones 😉

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Cremorne Point, Cremorne

This vantage point offers great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, depending on where you stand/sit, you might be having partial views of the bridge due to the trees so make sure you get there early enough to pick the best unobstructed views! Note that only 7,000 people are allowed so that’s another reason to get there early 😉

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Mary Booth Reserve, Kirribilli

This is one of the most popular sites to watch the event and each year it gets filled before 2pm so if you want to sit amongst the 4,500 other people allowed, pack a picnic with you and follow the adage; first in, best dressed, to get a prime view position 😉

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Simmons Point, Balmain East

A small park with views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, it’s the perfect location if you’re looking for a quieter spot. Expect to share the vantage point with people still, but it’ll be a lot less crowded than the other vantage points we’ve listed above.Capacity for access to the park on New Year’s Eve is 300 so if you choose that spot, you know what to do!

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Keep in mind that all these spots are alcohol-free zones, so you’ll have to wait a bit before popping the champagne 🙂

Celebrate Sydney New Year’s Eve in style with ticketed events

If you are after a unique and hassle free experience of the night, then embarking on one of the cruises or attending one of the ticketed parties with prime views is probably your best bet!

Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights

From Bondi, head north along Campbell parade (it changes to Military Rd at the bus terminus at North Bondi) towards Watsons Bay. One block north of the Dover Heights shops you’ll come to Dudley Page Reserve, a large open oval with unobstructed views of the Harbour, Bridge and Opera House. A prime spot to experience the spectacular show! Tickets are very affordable being priced at $38.40 this year. You can bring your own picnic or enjoy some of the food on offer at the various food stalls on the day. A live band and a licensed bar will also help make the night one to remember.
More info and tickets

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New Year’s Eve Picnic with Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens

The not-for-profit organisation is devoted to supporting, protecting and enhancing the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Located at the heart of the gorgeous Royal Botanic Garden, this is undoubtedly one of the best vantage points of the city! There, you’ll be able to enjoy a self-catered picnic on the grass overlooking Sydney Harbour and the bridge. BYO is permitted and the event is enclosed to ensure visitors can fully enjoy the event and relax in the space provided. Tickets are $165 for non members. A great deal for a million dollar view if you ask us 😉
More info and tickets

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Harbour Hoopla

The Royal Botanic Garden being a prime spot, this is another location with a million dollar view we thought we should mention! Besides offering glorious views of the bridge and fireworks, the event is also fun packed! Based on a vintage circus theme, you’ll be able to enjoy old-fashioned funfair games, circus performers, a DJ and quirky dress-ups in the photo booth. The tickets are $335 per person and include food.
More info and tickets

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NYE 2018 Sydney Harbour of Lights 9pm & Midnight Fireworks

Even though watching the fireworks from the Royal Botanic Gardens seems like a thrilling experience, nothing can beat a view from the water on one of the few iconic ferries allowed to join the water parade. They and provide guests with the closest views of the 9pm and Midnight Fireworks. Sounds good, hey?
Depart is at 7.15pm from Circular Quay and tickets are currently $499. Keep in mind this is a BYO picnic ferry ride.
More info and tickets

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Harbour Party NYE 2018

If unlimited free rides with amazing views of the fireworks from the harbour boardwalk sounds like a great idea, book your ticket for the Luna Park Harbour Party NYE 2018 asap! Final release tickets are currently priced $169 and include entry to Luna Park with free rides all night, access to bars and eateries including Lavender Green and entry to Crystal Palace for live DJs and performers entertainment. Have fun 😉
More info and tickets

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Pirrama Park Wharf Viewing, Pirrama Road

This site doesn’t get too crowded and gives you the perfect opportunity to experience great views of the show from the western side of the bridge. Capacity is 800 so attendees will have ample space to relax and enjoy the thrilling show. Tickets are $175 per person, including a 3 dish menu, with an antipasto, a main and dessert. Package also includes a glass of sparkling wine. What else could we possibly ask for?
More info and tickets

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Public Transports on Sydney New Year’s Eve

Public transports are probably your best bet on the day as a lot of road closures are to be expected.

Getting around by train

Thousands of trains will be running on New Year’s Eve and until early on New Year’s Day.

  • Circular Quay: From 5pm until midnight trains won’t stop at Circular Quay due to large crowds. For access to the harbour foreshore, use Wynyard, Town Hall or Martin Place stations.
  • Milsons Point: From 6pm until midnight, trains from the city to the north shore won’t stop at Milsons Point due to large crowds. Passengers can get off at North Sydney to continue their trip.
  • Domestic Airport and International Airport: From 12.30am until 4.30am, trains won’t stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Sydney Airport will be closed during this time.

Getting around by bus

Thousands of buses will also run on that day:

  • From 2pm to 6pm: Circular Quay services will run to and from Martin Place.
  • From 3pm to 3am: Buses in North Sydney will use alternate stops while Blue Street is closed. While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed from 11pm for the midnight fireworks, buses will terminate at North Sydney station.
  • From 6pm to 4am: All buses from the city will relocate to temporary bus stops in Hyde Park, Town Hall and Wynyard. Access to buses at Wynyard will be on King Street only.

For more info on transport on new year’s eve hop onto Sydney New Year’s Eve official website.

Ready to enjoy your best Sydney New Year’s Eve?!

Regardless of where you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve this year, our best piece of advice for this very special night is: plan out your night, get where you need to be early and respect the rules so that you avoid disappointment.
It should be a fun experience and a bit of organisation will go a long way to make this a once in a lifetime night! 😉 🎆

Ready to send-off the year in one of the most iconic spot on the planet? We will be happy to help you organise your trip to Sydney and as always don’t hesitate to let us know if there are any other spots you would recommend!

Post written by Christelle Delli

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