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6 Sep 2019

Plan ahead for NYE at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Domain for New Year's Eve? Plan ahead and read through these frequently asked questions before you leave home.

Where are the vantage points?

Ticketed: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Domain manages five ticketed events:

  • Midnight at the Oasis

  • The Point

  • Lawn with the View

  • Harbour Hoopla

  • The Calyx Garden Party

See the location map to see exactly where your event site is.
 Visit our website for further details and updates on ticket availability.

Non-ticketed: There is a managed viewing area at Mrs Macquarie's Point within the Domain that is available to the general public on New Year's Eve - access is via Art Gallery Road. Entry is via a donation.

This public viewing area offers catering and bar services. Security bag checks will be in operation at all access points and restricted items will not be permitted.

When will tickets for New Year's Eve at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney go on sale?

Tickets for 2019 are now on sale! Find your perfect event here

Can I watch the fireworks from inside the Royal Botanic Garden? 

Yes, however you must have a ticket to one of the events listed above. Only patrons with tickets to a ticketed event will be granted access to the Garden after it closes at 3.00 pm on Monday 31 December 2019.

Will the Royal Botanic Garden be open on New Year’s Eve? 

Yes, for day visitors only. The Royal Botanic Garden will be open from 7.00 am and close at 3.00 pm on Monday 31 December 2019. Entry and exit via Morshead Gate only - located on the corner of Macquarie and Bent Streets.

All members of the public must exit at 3.00 pm as there is no access to public viewing areas or ticketed event sites via the Garden at any time.

What is the best time to arrive to secure a position in the public viewing area at Mrs Macquarie's Point (i.e. a non-ticketed area)?

The public viewing area at Mrs Macquarie’s Point usually reaches capacity and closes by early to late afternoon. Queuing starts from 5.00 am on New Year’s Eve and access opens at 10.00 am. Please note 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.

Are the public areas free to enter?

Entry is via a donation ($1, $2 or note) which supports the science and conservation work at the Garden. 

Is there public parking available close to the site?

Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve as extensive road closures will be in place on Tuesday 31 December 2019. There is no parking available on Art Gallery Road or Mrs Macquaries Road from 8.00 pm on 30 December 2019 through to 4.00 am on 1 January 2020.

The closest public car park to the site is the Domain Car Park. Please refer to Domain Carpark website for further details and we recommend you contact the operator for access instructions on New Year’s Eve.

Are there long distances to negotiate?

The event sites and public viewing area are approximately 800 – 900 metres or 12 – 15 minute stroll from the entry gate on Art Gallery Road. Pathways are sealed and relatively flat but there are moderately steep slopes to negotiate from Mrs Macquaries Road down to the site entries.

The entry gates for the Garden Picnic and The Botanic Gardens Restaurant events do have steps but a step free alternative entrance is available on enquiry. Please email us if you have mobility support requirements.

Are there accessible facilities and services on site for someone with a disability? 

Yes. Our ticketed events and public viewing areas are accessible in a wheelchair, but you must refer to the accessibility tab for each event site for further details.

If you have a disability and wish to discuss available services further please email us.

Is there shelter on site?

No. All general public and ticketed events within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Domain are outdoors with limited shelter.

The event will go ahead even if it rains so spectators should be prepared for all weather conditions. Bring a jumper, poncho or rain coat, and if out and about earlier in the day please be sun safe. Umbrella use is discouraged and umbrellas over 50cm in length are not permitted. 

Are pass outs allowed once I have entered the event?

No – there are no pass outs from the event once a guest has entered the site. There are no exceptions.

Can I bring a camera and tripod on the night?

You can bring standard camera to the event for non-commercial purposes, and a small tripod. (large ones impede the view of your fellow spectators and will be confiscated).

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.

What can I bring to the public viewing site at Mrs Macquarie's Point? 

We recommend bringing a picnic rug and a radio to tune to KIIS 106.5 FM for the NYE soundtrack. If you plan to arrive early and it is a hot day, we recommend you 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.

Where can I buy food and drinks if I’m attending the public viewing area at Mrs Macquarie's Point? 

There will be a vending outlet to service the public queuing area. There will also be vending outlets at the free public event at Mrs Macquaries Point operating until midnight (selling food, drinks and alcohol). Refill water taps are also available.

Can I bring in my own alcohol to the event? 

No. You cannot bring any alcohol or opened soft drink containers to any ticketed event within the Garden or at Mrs Macquarie's Point. There will however be licensed bars at each event 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. Bag searches will also be conducted on entry.

Is there ATM or EFTPOS facilities on site? 

There are ATM & credit card facilities at the event. There are cash bars at the event that will have EFTPOS facilities however due to poor mobile reception on New Year’s Eve these facilities are erratic and should not be relied upon. We suggest you bring cash with you.

What items are NOT allowed on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain sites?

We ask you to be respectful of the environment you are entering and consider the safety of other patrons. Restricted items include drones, aerosols, umbrellas (larger than 50cm), sparklers, poppers, glass, sharp knives, alcohol, unsealed beverages, balls and camping and shade structures.

Do I need to print my event tickets?

Not necessary as tickets may be shown on a mobile device for entry. It is advisable to print them though as a backup as ticket checks will be conducted at every ticketed site.
 Visit our website for further details.

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