Whether you are a local or just visiting, Sydney is a top destination to ring in the New Year. Hundreds of thousands of people will gather together to watch the world-famous firework display from one of the many harbourside vantage points located across the city. Here are our top places to ring in 2018.
The spacious lawns of Tarpeian Way is one of the most spectacular places to watch the fireworks. With front-row views of the Harbour Bridge from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, this is our top pick. There will be live entertainment from DJ Soup who will be playing sets mixed with different styles of music including rhythm and blues, rock, disco, house and hip-hop. This is a family-friendly affair and guests are encouraged to embrace the Vintage Circus theme and arrive in fancy dress for a fun filled night. There will be endless entertainment around the lawns, a licensed cash bar on premise plus an impressive dinner menu. How many times do you get to mingle amongst a range of comical caricature circus performers inside the Garden? Harbour Hoopla will be open from 6.00 pm and tickets are selling fast!
Mrs Macquaries Point
Celebrate the New Year at one of Sydney’s most iconic locations, Mrs Macquaries Point. Situated inside the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney along the Yurong Peninsula, this is a popular spot due to its expansive views. Around 14,000 visitors will flock to this vantage point which also offers food and drinks for purchase. Queuing for the site starts early and gates are open from 10.00 am. Once this area is full it closes so get in quick to reserve a spot. Entry to the free viewing area will be via a security checkpoint on Art Gallery Road.
Bradfield Park is located under the northern end of the Harbour Bridge and is a popular vantage point for families. Visitors will have views of the eastern side of the bridge. This spot can hold up to 50,000 people and quickly reaches capacity so revellers should arrive from noon onwards to get a spot in the public viewing area.
Campbell’s Cove, on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers impressive views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Partygoers are advised to arrive early from 9.30 am as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4.00 pm.
For the very first time the newly opened, six-hectare park will be open for New Year’s Eve. Entry to Baranagaroo Reserve is $40 for adults and $5 for children with a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. This location has views of western facade of the Harbour Bridge making it another great spot to enjoy fireworks. The site will feature light entertainment, picnic spaces, food and drink hampers to buy and family-friendly alcohol-free zones, as well as licensed areas.
On the water
Jump aboard a ferry from Manly or Rose Bay wharf for a front row seat of the fireworks. Exclusive tickets are available for the Harbour of Lights Parade, which gives visitors a unique tour of the harbour and the closest views of the 9.00 pm and midnight fireworks. Pack a picnic to enjoy onboard with tickets starting from $150 for adults, $125 for concessions.
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