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Mon 31 Dec, 7 PM - 12.30 AM

Lawn with the View

Lawn witht the View is SOLD OUT! For other NYE events at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, click here

Relax and enjoy this hassle-free harbourside picnic style event with spectacular views of the midnight fireworks while feasting on a delicious gourmet hamper filled with tasty delights. 

When

Monday 31 December, 7 pm - 12.30 am

Price

SOLD OUT

Where

Bennelong Lawn
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Who

All ages

Transport

Public transport recommended

Relax and enjoy this hassle-free harbourside picnic style event with spectacular views of the midnight fireworks while feasting on a delicious gourmet hamper filled with tasty delights. 

This is a family friendly event and an absolute must-experience this summer.

*Every ticket purchased supports the work of our science, horticulture and conservation projects.

What is included:
  • Exclusive access to Bennelong Lawn 
  • Gourmet picnic hamper and a bottle of water
  • Licensed cash bar with a selection of beverages and snacks for sale

Testimonials

"An absolutely brilliant location, fantastic night and great value for money."
Les Hawksworth, guest from UK 2017
"The view was spectacular… adequate space for everyone… good food."
Guest from Sydney 2017
"Relaxed place with great view."
 
Guest from QLD 2017
Important Information

Still have questions? We have the answers. Check out our frequently asked question below and get all the inside information.

Q: What time is the event?
Gates to the event open at 7.00 pm with last entry at 9.00 pm. The event finishes at 12.30 am, with last drinks served at 12.00 am.

Q: What beverages are available?
Each guest receives a bottle of water on arrival and drinking water refill stations are available on site.
Beverages are not included in the ticket price but can be purchased at the cash bar. Only ticket holders over the age of 18 years will be permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages. Photo ID may be requested. 
The bar menu can be viewed here.

Q: Can I bring alcohol or other drinks to Lawn with the View?
No. Lawn with the View is a licensed event and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. Beverages bought to the venue will be confiscated at the bag check. The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust reserves the right to confiscate any restricted items and/or refuse entry to any persons not complying with Conditions of Entry.

Q: Is there any entertainment at the event?
Lawn with the View is a relaxed picnic style event with no formal entertainment program. Patrons will hear the synchronized fireworks music broadcast.
 
Q: What time are the fireworks? And what view will I have?
There are two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve -  at 9.00 pm and at midnight. Both displays are synchronised to music which is broadcast at the event. 
Some views of the 9 pm fireworks from this site are partially restricted by tree canopies. The placement of the midnight fireworks on the Harbour Bridge and from water barges allows unrestricted viewing from this site.
  
Q: What are the seating arrangements?
Lawn with the View is a picnic style event so please bring your picnic blanket along. Chairs are not permitted, but you may bring low line beach seats or flat fold mats. There is an accessible viewing area with limited seating available upon request

Ticket holders will be provided with an option to book mobility assistance if required.

Q: Can I bring children to Lawn with the View?
Lawn with the View is an all-ages event. Everyone entering the site, regardless of age, must have a ticket. There are no concessions for children. Special consideration may be given on request for infants under three years old. To lodge your request please email nye.enquiries@bgcp.nsw.gov.au.

You are welcome to bring strollers, but we request you collapse them once inside the event to ensure all guests can enjoy the view.
 
Q: Is Lawn with the View a wheelchair accessible event?
Yes. Lawn with the View is wheelchair accessible however, as a picnic style event, the majority of the site is grass terrain. Movement around the site can be restricted as spectators are seated on the lawn. Aisle ways are maintained to allow guests to move from viewing areas to amenities/facilities.
There is an accessible viewing area that is suitable for wheelchairs with limited seating and available upon request. 
For detailed Access Information for people with disability, please refer to the fact sheet.

Ticket holders will be provided with an option to book mobility assistance if required.

Q: What should I wear? 
Guests are advised to wear comfortable footwear as the event site is grass terrain and there is a 600 m walk on a sealed pathway from the access gate at Macquarie Street to the event site. Guests are also advised to bring warmer clothing as it can become quite cool at night.

Q: When do ticket sales close?
Ticket sales will close at 2.00 pm on the 30 December 2017 unless sold out prior.

Q: Will the New Year's Eve events go ahead if the weather is bad?
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.

Q: What food can I expect in my picnic box?
Guests collect a gourmet picnic hamper on arrival at the event site. The hamper will contain a selection of dishes that represent an entrée, a main course, a dessert and a late supper. A full menu is available here.

Q: I have a special dietary requirement. What should I do?
The published menu and corresponding ticket type accommodates most of the common dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose free and halal. Please ensure you purchase the dietary ticket to reflect your requirements.  The caterers will assist with other dietary requirements where possible but requests MUST be made upon booking tickets via the link provided and the ‘Other Special Dietary’ ticket type MUST be selected.
 
Q: Can I bring additional food to site?
No. Additional snacks are available to purchase on site if required.

Relax on the lawn with a gourmet picnic hamper filled with tasty delights. View menu here.

Q: Where is Lawn with The View located?
Lawn with the View is held on Bennelong Lawn, an intimate elevated lawn area overlooking the Sydney Opera House inside the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Entry and exit is via Macquarie Street, which is closed to traffic on New Year’s Eve. View map location

Q: How do I get there?
Due to extensive road closures and high pedestrian traffic in the city, public transport is the easiest option to get to the event. There are additional trains, bus and ferry services available and transport hubs are within easy reach of this site.

The closest train stations are:
 
•    Martin Place Train Station: 650 m to the managed access entry gate on Macquarie Street.
•    St James Train Station: 800 m to the managed access gate entry on Macquarie Street.
 
For additional transport information visit transportnsw or phone 131 500.
 
All ticket holders will be sent detailed arrival and transport information via email prior to the event. 

Facilities and Site Details

Smoking: Lawn with the View is a non-smoking event. There will be a designated smoking area away from where patrons are seated.
ATMs: We recommend you bring cash to Lawn with the View. There are no ATM facilities on site. 
Pass Outs: There are NO pass outs once a ticket holder has entered

Conditions of Entry

Please remember you are entering the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain – a sensitive environment. Please consider the safety of other patrons. All patrons entering the site will be subject to security bag check and must show valid identification and tickets. Restricted items will be confiscated and entry refused to any persons not complying with conditions of entry. 

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

•    No BYO beverages including alcohol and water
•    No glass
•    No sparklers, party poppers or candles
•    No umbrellas (personal umbrellas under 50 cm are allowed)
•    No chairs – picnic rug seating or low line beach seats only

Responsible Service of Alcohol

Alcohol sales are subject to Responsible Service of Alcohol and Harm Minimisation Practices which will be strictly enforced. 
•    Any patrons under the influence of alcohol on arrival will be refused entry.
•    Only people aged 18 and over are able to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. 
•    Patrons are strictly prohibited from supplying alcohol to minors onsite (i.e. persons under 18 years of age).
•    You may be required to present photographic ID to security and bar staff in order to purchase alcohol. 

Waste Wise Events

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is committed to achieving best practice in environmental management. All packaging of food and drinks sold on trust land for NYE is biodegradable or recyclable. 
You can help us lessen the impact of NYE celebrations on our environment. How?

•    Please use the correct bin when disposing of general waste or recycling
•    Reuse your water bottle at the water refill stations provided
•    Please bin your butts!

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