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Sun 31 Dec, 10 am to 12.30 am

NYE at Mrs Macquaries Point

With panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline, Mrs Macquaries Point is a popular vantage place to be on New Year’s Eve. 

The viewing area available to the public on New Year’s Eve is located at Mrs Macquaries Point. This is a managed access event offering catering and bar services. Gates open at 10 am and close when the site is full. There are no pass outs. Queuing starts from 7 am on 31 December.

Security bag checks will be in operation at the access gate on Art Gallery Road and restricted items will not be permitted.

Entry is by donation to support the work of our science, horticulture and conservation projects.


Sunday 31 December, 10 am to 12.30 am


By donation


Mrs Macquaries Point
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


Public transport recommended
Important Information

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

Q: How do I get there?

Due to extensive road closures and high pedestrian traffic in the city, public transport is the easiest way 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: 1000m to the managed access entry gate on Art Gallery Road
  • St James Train Station: 900m to the managed access gate entry on Art Gallery Road 

For additional transport information visit transportnsw or phone 131 500. 

Q: What is the best time to arrive to secure a position in the public viewing area?

Queuing starts from 7 am on New Year’s Eve (31 December). Mrs Macquaries Point public viewing area closes when it reaches capacity. This is usually by early afternoon.

When choosing a vantage point, make sure you have a 'plan B', as popular areas fill up quickly. It is best to follow @RBGSydney, #NYEGarden and #SydNYE on Twitter for updates.

Q: Is the Public Area free to enter?

Entry is via donation which supports the work of our science, horticulture and conservation projects.

Q: What time are the fireworks? 

There are two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve – at 9.00 pm and midnight. Note that some views of the fireworks from this site are partially restricted by tree canopies. 

Q: What can I bring to the public viewing sites?

We recommend bringing a picnic rug, a radio to tune into KIIS 106.5 FM for the NYE soundtrack and cash to purchase food and drinks.

It is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen and suitable clothing for all weather conditions. Wear comfortable footwear as there are long distances to walk. 

Picnic and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed (i.e. unopened) plastic containers are permitted. Food and beverages, including alcohol, is available for purchase on site.

No glass bottles or containers of any kind will be allowed onto the site. 

Q: What facilities are available?

The public viewing event site offers food and beverage outlets, water refill stations, an ATM, toilets, waste bins, and first aid.

Q: Where can I buy food and drinks?

There are vending outlets selling food, drinks and alcohol along Mrs Macquaries Road operating until midnight . Vending is located on the Eastern Side the event site. 

Water bubblers and bottle refill taps are available on site.

Q: What type of food is on sale?

Mrs Macquaries Point offers a range of Asian and European takeaway food, drinks, tea and coffee.

Q: Can I bring in my own alcohol?

No. You cannot bring your own alcohol or opened soft drink containers. There will be licensed bars on 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.

Q: What time will the bars open at the public viewing sites?

The bars open at midday and close at midnight.  

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 can drink and purchase alcoholic beverages
  • Patrons are also 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 to purchase alcohol

Q: 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. 

Q: Can I access the Garden on NYE?

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be open from 7 am until 3 pm on 31 December.
Entry and exit is via Morshead Gate only, located on the corner of Macquarie and Bent Streets. All other gates are locked. 

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

Patrons attending the public viewing areas and ticketed event sites must enter via the managed event entry points indicated on the NYE customer entry map.  Insert link to map 

Q: Are there accessible facilities and services onsite for someone with a disability?

Yes. Please contact for assistance or further information.  

Q: Are there accessible toilets available onsite?

Yes. Accessible toilets are available 

Q: Is there shelter onsite?

No. All NYE 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. 

Q: Do you allow pass outs? 

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

For further information and the official program please visit:

For all the information specific to the above Royal Botanic Garden Sydney events, please follow our Twitter and / or Facebook on the night to keep up to date.

  • No BYO permitted. Alcohol can be purchased on site
  • Bag searches will be conducted on entry
  • No glass or knives
  • No poppers, sparklers or aerosols
  • No tents, pegs or shade structures
  • No smoking
  • No barbecues
  • No bicycles, scooters or skateboards
  • No balls games or frisbees
  • No bean bags or inflatable furniture
  • No drones
  • No pets
  • Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Entry will be refused to intoxicated persons
Please also note:
  • No camping overnight 
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney closes at 3 pm on New Year’s Eve. There is no public viewing of the fireworks from inside the Garden
  • Please be ‘waste-wise’ – help us to care for our environment and plants. Don’t litter and please recycle, use bins provided or take your rubbish home with you
  • For event updates on NYE at Mrs Macquaries Point follow us @RBGSydney and #NYEGarden
  • For city-wide information follow #SydNYE for real-time updates and information on when areas are filling up or full. 
Access for people with disabilities

There is an accessibility viewing platform available at Mrs Macqauries Point. Spaces must be pre-booked before 22 December. For information and bookings please contact

Waste Wise Events

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is committed to achieving best practice in environmental management. All food and drink packaging sold on trust land for NYE is biodegradable or recyclable. 

Please help us lessen the impact of NYE celebrations:

  • Use the correct bin when disposing of general waste or recycling
  • Reuse your water bottle at the water refill stations provided
  • Take everything you bring home again with you
Mrs Macquaries Road, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney