Sydney’s – New Years Eve

Sydney New years celebration fireworks

Sydney’s – New Years Eve

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Sydney – New Year’s Eve Celebration with a Bang 

When a new year comes, you had better be in Sydney! 

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are the best in the world and get better every year, with the city’s sky bursting into a dramatic outburst of pyrotechnic displays. It’s the ideal place to catch extraordinary personalities and to mark the end of a year with a Bang!

It is estimated that approximately a million people are at the harbour during Sydney’s New Year’s Eve, and the other one billion are watching this fantastic celebration inside their homes. This celebration started in 1976 and has grown to be one of the world’s grandest and most advanced celebrations of New Year’s Eve. It attracts ten thousand visitors to Australia each year. 

There are two fireworks: the family fireworks and the main one at midnight. The fireworks are detonated along the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the harbour to light up the night sky.

There are many options to watch the fantastic New Year’s fireworks, depending on your style and budget. Many festivities start in the morning and end well after midnight to bring in the New year. 

Places Of Interest

Harbour Cruise

A favourite amongst locals and tourists, a Sydney Harbour Cruise is a great option to get close to the fireworks. Whichever cruise boat you decide to take, they all dock at an obstruction free-viewpoint for the impressive fireworks show.

Depending on the boat size, these cruises can cost between AU$300 and AU$1100 per person, including dinner, entertainment onboard, and at least a glass of champagne.

We chose a mid-size boat and had a group of friends join us for this magnificent night, and what a ball we had bringing in the New Year!

Opera Gala - Opera House

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Opera Gala & La Boheme were the popular two New Year’s Eve unique musical pieces at the Sydney Opera House.

 Check out the Sydney Opera House website for current events.

Royal Botanical Garden - The Point

Come early to find your spot amongst the many people that flock here in the 160 acres of lush green surroundings of the Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can set up a picnic area with family and friends. There is a free public viewing area inside the gardens at Mrs Macquaries Point for the ultimate vantage point for the fantastic fireworks.  

Taronga Zoo

Celebrations at the Taronga Zoo is another excellent vantage point for bringing in the New Year, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. With only a 15-minute commute from Sydney, you can enjoy a front-row view of the fantastic fireworks amongst incredible native wildlife.

Where To Stay

Many harbourside hotels are located around the city to suit any budget, giving incredible views of Sydney’s New Year’s fireworks.

Luxury Hotels

Pullman Quay Grand Harbour

The hotel treats you to a life of luxury where impeccable service and amenities are aplenty. This accommodation is very chic and close to some of Sydney’s iconic destinations.


Four Seasons Sydney

The Four Seasons in Sydney is also another chic hotel close to Sydney’s iconic destinations. It also has a bar and a restaurant that specializes in local cuisines. 


Shangri-La Sydney

The Shangri-La Sydney hotel is an elegant sanctuary with 564 rooms and suites. It enjoys a panoramic view and is close to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, so a great hotel to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve. 

Mid-Budget Hotels

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s Rocks district. The North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is famous for its beautiful view, good food and drinks. 


Holiday Inn Old Sydney 

The Holiday Inn Old in Sydney is a budget-friendly accommodation that gives you everything you may ever need during your stay. It is a family-friendly heritage hotel that comes with an outdoor rooftop pool. It is also just a walk away from top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. 


Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks 

The Rendezvous Hotel, The Rocks, is beautifully situated just a 2-minutes walk away from the Museum of Contemporary Arts and minutes to the Opera house, the Harbour Bridge and the city’s best outlets for shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. 

Final Thoughts

The theme for Sydney New Year varies each year, so it is an experience you can attend year after year, enjoying yourself with the locals. But be wary that because there are usually a million people watching the festivity, the experience can sometimes be a bit crazy and overwhelming. But if you are the type who enjoys loud merriment and meeting new people, then the Sydney- New Year’s Eve celebration is definitely for you!

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