Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

New Year's Eve

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NYE 2014

Public viewing areas (managed access) 2014

Public-Viewing-Areas

There are two public viewing areas available to the general public on New Year's Eve - Mrs Macquaries Point and Tarpeian Precinct. These two public viewing areas are managed access events offering catering and bar services. Security bag checks will be in operation at all access points and restricted items will not be permitted. Click here to view NYE information map.

Access to the Royal Botanic Garden on NYE

The Royal Botanic Garden will be open from 7 am until 3 pm on 31 December. 

Entry and exit via Morshead Gate only - located on the corner of Macquarie and Bent Streets.

The Royal Botanic Garden will close at 3 pm and all members of the public will be required to exit via Morshead Gate only. There will be no access to public viewing areas or ticketed event sites via the Garden at any time.

Patrons attending the public viewing areas and ticketed events must enter via the entry points indicated on the NYE information map. The pedestrian route between Mrs Macquaries Point and the Tarpeian Precinct is also indicated in blue on the NYE information map

Planning ahead

Getting to your event/viewing area on New Year’s Eve:

  • Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve. Leave the car at home and take advantage additional transport services on the night.
  • For information on public transport services and road closures including an interactive map please visit Sydney New Year’s Eve website.

You can also refer to the City of Sydney event guide for information on viewing areas, transport arrangements, program of events etc

Key important messages

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  • No camping overnight and no overnight toilet access
  • Queuing starts from 7 am on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday 31 December 2014)
  • Entry via gold coin donation - donations will support sustainability and our Save a Species conservation program
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney closes at 3 pm on New Year’s Eve
  • There is no public fireworks viewing from within the Garden
  • Bag searches will be conducted on entry. For details of what not to bring and other site restrictions visit www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au for more information
  • No BYO alcohol is permitted. Alcohol can be purchased on-site.
  • We encourage and enforced the responsible consumption of alcohol. Anyone arriving onsite already under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted entry.
  • Be ‘waste-wise’ - help us care for our environment and plants. Don’t litter and please recycle, use bins provided or take your rubbish home with you.
  • Be ‘weather-wise’ - bring sun protection, warm clothing and comfortable footwear
  • For event updates on NYE at Mrs Macquaries Point and Tarpeian Precinct follow us at @RBGSydney and #SydNYE. You can also download the Sydney New Year’s Eve App for real-time updates, information on when viewing areas are filling up or full.

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I watch the fireworks from inside the Royal Botanic Garden?
No. Only patrons with tickets to a ticketed event will be granted access to the Gardens after they close at 3 pm on 31 December.

2. Where are public vantage points for watching the NYE fireworks on Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Land?
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has two viewing areas available to general public on New Year's Eve. These two public viewing areas are managed access events offering catering and bar services. Security bag checks will be in operation at all access points and restricted items will not be permitted.

The two public vantage points are at:

  • Mrs Macquaries Point  - access via Art Gallery Road
  • Tarpeian Precinct  - access via Macquarie Street

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust also has 4 ticketed events onsite but these are all SOLD OUT.  Tickets are still available to the Trippas White Group event New Year’s Eve Under the Stars event on Tarpeian North.

3. What is the best time to arrive to secure a position in the public viewing area?
The public foreshore viewing areas usually reach capacity and close by early afternoon. Queuing starts from 7 am on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday 31 December). There is no camping overnight as there is no access to toilets.
When choosing a vantage point, make sure you have a 'plan B', as popular areas fill up quickly. It is best to follow @RBGSydney and  #SydNYE on Twitter for updates.
You can also download the Sydney New Year’s Eve App for real-time updates, information on when viewing areas are filling up or full.

4. Are the public areas free to enter?
Entry is via a gold coin donation. Funds will support sustainability and the Save a Species conservation programs.

5. Is there public parking available close to the site?
Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve as there are extensive road closures in place on 31 December.
There is no parking available on Art Gallery Road or Mrs Macquaries Road from 7pm on 31 December and 4am on 1 January.
Limited accessible parking is available for eligible permit holders. To enquire about accessible parking spaces or options please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au by Monday 1 December.

6. What time is the harbour entertainment and fireworks?
Visit Sydney New Year’s Eve website for details on the program of events around the Harbour. 

7. What can I bring to the public viewing sites?
We recommend bringing a picnic rug, radio to tune to 2DAY FM104.1 for NYE soundtrack.
If you plan to arrive early and it is a hot day, it is advisable to bring a hat and sunscreen lotion and suitable clothing for all weather conditions.
Picnic and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed (i.e. unopened) plastic containers are allowed to be brought in. Otherwise patrons may buy food and beverages on site.
No glass bottles or containers of any kind will be allowed onto the site. Please pack your own food in recyclable or reusable plastic containers.

8. What items are NOT allowed on the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust sites?
We ask you to be respectful of the environment you are entering and consider the safety of other patrons.

  • No BYO alcohol
  • No glass - jars/ glassware/ food containers
  • No unsealed beverages, including water
  • No pets
  • No plastic sheeting/tarps
  • No tents, pegs or shade structures
  • No barbecues
  • No bicycle, scooters or skateboards
  • No sharp or serrated knives
  • No bean bags, mattresses or inflatable furniture
  • No sparklers
  • No footballs or frisbees
  • No umbrellas unless under 50 cm.
  • No pass outs - if you leave site you are unable to return

9. Where can I buy food and drinks?
There are vending outlets along Mrs Macquaries Point operating until midnight (selling food, drinks and alcohol).
Vending is located on the Eastern Side of Northern Island on Mrs Macquaries Road
Tarpeian Way also has several food outlets operating until midnight. These are located adjacent to the bar.   

* Refill water taps are available on both sites.

10. What type of food is on sale?
Mrs Macquaries Point - a mix of Asian and European inspired takeaway cuisines, pancakes, Ice Cream, Soft drinks and water, Tea and coffee
Tarpeian Precinct - a range of mainly European-style takeaway, icecream, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee.

11. Can I bring in my own alcohol?
No. You cannot bring your own alcohol or opened soft drink containers to any event on NYE at the Gardens or Mrs Macquaries Point and the Tarpeian Precinct. However, there will be licensed bars at each site. The responsible consumption of alcohol will be strictly enforced. If patrons arrive already under the influence of alcohol they will not be permitted entry.

12. What time will the bars open at the public viewing sites?
The bars open at noon and close midnight.  CASH BAR ONLY. 

13. What will the bars sell?
The public bars will sell a range of full and light strength beer, a small range of mixers, single serve wines, soft drinks juice and water.