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29 Dec 2017

Plan ahead for NYE at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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

1. Where are the vantage points for watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain?  

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

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

  • Midnight at the Oasis

  • The Point

  • Lawn with the View

  • Harbour Hoopla

 Visit for further details and updates on ticket availability.
2. 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 Garden after they close at 3.00 pm on Saturday 31 December 2017.

3. Will the Royal Botanic Garden be open on New Year’s Eve? Yes to day visitors only. The Royal Botanic Garden will be open from 7.00 am and close at 3.00 pm on Saturday 31 December 2017. 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.

4. What is the best time to arrive to secure a position in the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point (i.e. a non-ticketed area)? The public foreshore viewing areas usually reach capacity and close by early to late afternoon. Queuing starts from 6.00 am on New Year’s Eve. 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.

5. Are the public areas free to enter? Entry is via a donation ($1, $2 or note). Funds will support sustainability and the Garden’s work.

6. 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 Thursday 31 December 2017. There is no parking available on Art Gallery Road or Mrs Macquaries Road from 8.00 pm on 30 December 2017 through to 4.00 am on 1 January 2018. 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.

7. Are there long distances to negotiate? The event sites and public viewing area are approximately 800–900 metres or 12 – 15 minute walk 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 contact if you have mobility support requirements.

8. Are there accessible facilities and services onsite for someone with a disability? Yes. Our ticketed events and public viewing areas are accessible in a wheelchair but please 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 contact

9. Is there shelter onsite? 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 and bring a jumper, poncho or spray jacket.

10. 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.

11. Can I bring a camera and tripod on the night? You can bring standard camera to the event for non-commercial purposes, but not a tripod.

12. 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.

13. What can I bring to the public viewing site at Mrs Macquaries 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.

14. Where can I buy food and drinks if I’m attending the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point? There will be a vending outlet on Art Gallery Road near the Art Gallery of New South Wales to service the public queuing area. There are vending outlets along Mrs Macquaries Point operating until midnight (selling food, drinks and alcohol). Refill water taps are available on both sites.

15. 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 Macquaries 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.

16. Is there ATM or EFTPOS facilities onsite? 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.

17. 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

18. Do I need to print my event tickets? No, tickets may be shown on a mobile device for entry

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