Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Lawn with the View 2013 - event details



Date Tuesday 31 December 2013
Time 7.00 pm - 12.30 am
Location Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney (view location and NYE information map)
Entry Entry via Macquarie Street (adjacent to the Conservatorium of Music)
Who’s going This event is family friendly. BYO rug.

A family event with spectacular views at a secluded spot right above the Sydney Opera House, Lawn with the View is a legendary NYE event held each year on Bennelong Lawn.

BYO rug and enjoy a gourmet picnic whilst you take in the scenery: Sydney Harbour forms the backdrop for the world’s best fireworks on New Year's Eve. A cash bar and smooth sounds help make this an ideal event for all ages.

The quintessential Aussie experience and an unforgettable start to 2014!



  • Exclusive access to Bennelong Lawn with its breathtaking views
  • Gourmet Picnic Hamper - see menu
  • A licensed bar, beverages and snacks for sale



Three of the best vantage places to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Sydney

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Conditions of Entry  

We ask you to remember you are entering the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, a sensitive environment. Please consider the safety of other patrons.

All patrons entering the site will be subject to security searches and must show valid identification and ticket.

The following items will not be allowed to be brought into the event site:

  • No BYO beverages including alcohol and water
  • No glass
  • No passouts - please note there is no entry prior to 7.00 pm and all patrons must arrive by 8.30 pm
  • No sparklers, party poppers or candles
  • No umbrellas (personal umbrellas under 70 cm allowed)
  • No chairs. Please bring a picnic rug as seating is picnic style on the lawn
  • No parking or vehicle access allowed. Please use public transport or phone 131500

This is an outdoor event which will proceed in all weather. Fireworks are presented 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.

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General information

The Royal Botanic Garden will be open from 7 am until 3 pm on 31 December, with access via Morshead Gate only - located on the corner of Macquarie and Bent Streets. There will be no access to NYE public viewing areas or event sites via the Garden at anytime. The Royal Botanic Garden will close at 3 pm and all members of the public will be required to exit via Morshead Gate. View NYE information map.

New Year's Eve at the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain is a Waste Wise Event

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is committed to achieving best practice in environmental management. Help us lessen the impact of NYE celebrations on our environment by making your new year’s resolution to be a part of the solution to environmental sustainability rather than the problem. We need your help to keep the recycling streams clean! Please use the correct bin when disposing of general waste or recycling. If you bring a picnic, please pack it in reusable containers and take them home with you. All packaging of food and drinks sold on Trust land for NYE is biodegradable or recyclable. We cannot recycle containers if the recycling bins have general waste in them. If contaminated, the recycling station will send the containers to landfill. Help us protect our environment and contribute to a sustainable future.

Responsible Service of Alcohol

Only people aged 18 and over are able to drink and purchase alcoholic beverages. If you are aged between 18 and 25 years or look particularly young and wish to purchase alcohol at our events you may be asked to show proof of age.

You will need to provide security and bar staff with one of the following proofs of identity:

  1. NSW Transport Drivers Licence or Interstate Drivers Licence ensing/index.html
  2. Passport (NO Photocopies)
  3. NSW RTA Photo Card http://www.olgr.nsw.go or interstate Proof of Age cards
  4. Overseas Driver Licences with photo ID incorporated
  5. International identification cards, International drivers licences and internal passports from other countries are only acceptable with photo ID.