Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Questions and Answers 

Lawn with the View 2013

Q:  Where is Lawn with the View event located?
A: Lawn with the View is held at Bennelong Lawn, an intimate elevated lawn area adjacent to the Sydney Opera House, inside the Royal Botanic Garden. >> Click here to view location.

Bennelong Lawn provides a breathtaking and intimate location to watch the City of Sydney Fireworks on New Year's Eve. This relaxed picnic style event has become a real favourite with guests. The event allows ticket holders to leave the crowds behind and enjoy the company of friends and family whilst providing spectacular views of the city’s fireworks display.

Q:  What is included in the ticket price?
A: Your ticket includes entry and a delicious Picnic Hamper >> Click here to view sample menu. A licensed bar with beverages for purchase is located on the event site.

Q:  Is there any entertainment at the Event?
A:  Lawn with a View is a relaxed picnic style event offering patrons chilled out sounds and the synchronised fireworks broadcast - there is no dance floor.

Q:  What time are the fireworks?
A: There are two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve: 9.00 pm and at midnight. Fireworks presentations are synchronised to music which is broadcast at the event. The fireworks are provided by City of Sydney. In the event that the fireworks are cancelled, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust will not be held responsible or provide compensation.

See for more information on the fireworks display and New Year's Eve activities.

Q:  What time does the event start and finish?
A: Gates to the event open at 7.00 pm. Last event entry is at 8.30 pm. Any guests who have not entered by this time will not gain entry to the event.

The event finishes at 12.30 am when all guests are asked to leave. Exit is onto Macquarie Street (same as entry).

Q: What are the seating arrangements?
A: Lawn with the View is a picnic style event. Bring your picnic blanket along. No chairs will be permitted. Any patrons bringing strollers will be asked to move them to the side to ensure all guests enjoy the spectacular views.

Q:  Can I bring children to Lawn with the View?
A: Lawn with the View is an all ages event. There is a licensed bar at the event and only ticket holders over the age of 18 will be permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages. Photo ID must be shown. 
If you do decide to bring children it is best to bring some transportable games to keep them entertained (no ballgames). Everyone entering the site MUST HAVE A TICKET there are no concessions for children or infants.

Q:  What sort of meal is included?
A: The cost of one hamper is included per ticket holder at Lawn with the View. >> Click here to view sample menu. Patrons will redeem their hamper on the event site.

Q:  When do tickets go on sale?
A: Ticket sales will commence at 9.00 am Tuesday 8 October 2012.

Q:  When do ticket sales close?
A: Ticket sales will close 5 pm Friday 27 December 2012 unless SOLD OUT prior.

Q:  Where can I purchase tickets?

A: There are no Door Sales on the night. Tickets can be purchased via our ticketing website from 9.00 am on Tuesday 8th October. Ticket sales will close 5 pm Friday 27 December UNLESS sold out prior. This event usually sells out quickly, so purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 

Q:  How do I access Lawn with the View?
A: Lawn with the View is held at Bennelong Lawn at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Entry to the event is via Government House Gate off Macquarie Street (near the Conservatorium of Music).

>> Click here to view information map.

Q:  What time should I arrive?
A: Entry to Lawn with the View opens at 7.00 pm. Please allow additional travel time on New Year’s Eve. There is no need to arrive prior to gates opening as only ticket holders will be allowed entry to the site. Please note all guests must enter the site by 8.30 pm. There will be no further admissions after this time.

Q:  What should I bring?
A: Bring cash (no ATM facilities onsite), warm clothing, comfortable shoes and a picnic rug to sit on. Beverages are available for sale at the event site. No glass, alcohol or opened beverages will be permitted on site.

Q: What will not be permitted into the event?
A: No BYO drinks (including alcohol and water), sparklers, illegal substances, weapons, glass and aerosol cans. Large golf umbrellas will not be permitted. Smaller umbrellas no more than 70 cm are permissible. Restricted items may be confiscated and entry refused to any persons not complying with conditions of entry. Please note all ticket holders will be subject to a bag check at the entry check point.

Q:  Can I get a pass-out once I have entered the event?
A: No - there are no pass-outs from the site once a ticket holder has entered. There will not be any exceptions.

Q:  Can I bring alcohol to Lawn with the View?
A: No - Lawn with the View is a licensed event, a range of alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. Please note a condition of entry to the site will be to participate in a bag check conducted by event security. Opened beverages (including water) will be confiscated at the bag check. The Trust reserves the right to confiscate any restricted items and/or refuse entry to any persons not complying with conditions of entry.

Q:  I have a special dietary requirement. What should I do?
A: The menu does endeavour to cater for all dietary requirements offering a standard or vegetarian meal selection upon booking.  Please check with Venue Management at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney regarding other dietary requirements at

Q:  Is there an ATM or Credit Card Facilities on site?
A: Please note there are no ATM facilities on site. If you need to visit an ATM you MUST do this prior to entering the Lawn with the View event site. Organisers recommend you bring cash onsite to Lawn with The View.

Q:  Is there a dress code for the Lawn with the View event?
A: Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing and footwear (remembering the event site is grass covered - high heels do sink into the grass!). Guests are also advised to bring warmer clothing as it can become quite cool at night.

Q:  Can I bring my car or park at Lawn with the View?
A: NO. There is no parking and/or vehicle access to the Lawn with the View site. Macquarie Street will be closed to traffic on Friday 31 December 2013. All ticket holders are advised to use public transport; the closest train station is Martin Place. Additional bus and ferry services are available see

Q:  Is this a wheelchair accessible event?
A: Yes, access to Lawn with the View is wheelchair accessible. Limited disabled parking is located on Art Gallery Road approx 2 km from the event site. To secure one of the disabled parking spaces please contact before 12 December.

Q: Are there toilets on site?
A: Yes there are toilets including an accessible toilet for ticket holders’ exclusive use.


The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust wishes all our guests

a safe and Happy New Year!