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Sun 31 Dec, 5.30 PM - 1 AM

The Point

All tickets for NYE at The Point have now sold out! 

Limited tickets are still available for the Garden's Harbour Hoopla NYE event. But get in quick, tickets are selling fast!


Sunday 31 December, 5.30 pm - 1 am


Sold out!


Fleet Steps
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


All ages


Public transport recommended

What did I miss:

With unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour, The Point is a vibrant yet relaxed festival-style event.

Dance the night away to funk, soul and reggae beats by the live DJ.  Discover what 2018 has in store for you with the mysterious fortune tellers. Or, just sit back and enjoy the performances by live buskers.

An entrée picnic box is served on arrival, with mains and desserts served from a variety of international food stalls.

Exclusive 18+ only event.

Price: Sold out!

All tickets sold support the work of our science, horticulture and conservation projects.

What was included:

  •     Exclusive access to stunning waterside views at Mrs Macquaries Point
  •     Entrée picnic box on arrival and a bottle of water
  •     Mains collected from a range of international food stalls
  •     Licensed cash bars to purchase beverages
  •     Live DJ, live musicians and fortune tellers 


“…what a great event the Point was on NYE 2016. It was so well organised from beginning to end. Food was fantastic, … music was amazing! We loved every moment and just wanted to thank the team at the Botanic Gardens for an excellent job!”
Kate & Neil Collins, France, Guests at The Point, 2016
“I thought the whole event was wonderful. The organisation…was spot on.”
Marilyn Coventry, Guest at The Point, 2016
“The entertainment was great… I cannot fault the people on the ground - they made the night - friendly, happy and nothing was too much trouble”
Guest at The Point, 2016
Important Information

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

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: Where is The Point located?
The Point a waterside location below Mrs Macquarie’s Chair with panoramic views of Farm Cove, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Entry and exit is via Art Gallery Road, which is closed to traffic on New Year’s Eve. View the location map.

The event site is approximately 900 metres or a 15-minute walk from the entry gate on Art Gallery Road. Pathways are sealed and there is a moderate slope to negotiate.

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

Q: What is included in the ticket price?
Your ticket gives you exclusive access to stunning waterside views of both the 9.00 pm and midnight fireworks, an entrée picnic box on arrival followed by a variety of international street hawker food stalls. The event also offers live music, live DJ and a fortune teller.

Drinks are NOT included. Licensed bars with beverages for purchase are located in the event site.

Every ticket purchased supports the work of the Royal Botanic Garden’s science, horticulture and conservation projects.

Q: What is included in the meal and how is this served?
Guests receive an entrée picnic box on arrival. The international street hawker food stalls will operate from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm on grab and go basis. This means that guests can visit a stall more than once, but we cannot guarantee availability of all menu items for the entire duration of the event. Stalls will offer a vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options.

The dessert and tea/coffee stalls will operate after the 9.00 pm fireworks. Additional snacks are available at the bar for purchase if required.

A full menu can be viewed 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 at the bars if required.

Q: What beverages are available?
Each guest will receive 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 three cash bars. Photo ID may be requested. The bar menu can be viewed here.

Q: Can I bring alcohol or other drinks to The Point?
No. The Point 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?
The Point is a festival style event offering patrons a relaxed atmosphere with a variety of live entertainment. There will be a DJ playing laid back funk, soul & reggae influenced music, live upbeat-busker style musicians and fortune tellers. Patrons will hear the synchronized fireworks music broadcast. 

Q: What time is the event? 
Gates open at 5.30 pm with last entry at 7.30 pm. The event finishes at 1 am, with last drinks served at 1 am. 

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. 

You will have uninterrupted panoramic views across Farm Cove to the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the barges on the Harbour.

Q: Can I bring children to The Point?
This is a strictly 18+ only event and you must be of age to purchase a ticket. Proof of age ID may be requested at entry and at the bars.

Q: What are the seating arrangements?
There will be a range of unreserved seating options available ranging from cafe style tables and chairs, communal picnic tables with bench seating, bar stools and picnic style rugs. You may bring your own rug to enjoy sitting on grassed areas. 

Q: Is this an accessible event?
Yes. The event is wheelchair accessible. 
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: 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: 1 km from the managed access entry gate on Art Gallery Rd.
•    St James Train Station: 900 m to the managed access gate entry gate on Art Gallery Rd.

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. 

Q: Is there a dress code?
We suggest smart casual attire and comfortable footwear. Guests are also advised to bring a jacket or warmer clothing as it can become quite cool at night.

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

General Information

Facilities and Site Details

The Point 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 The Point. There are no ATM or credit card facilities on site. We cannot guarantee consistent operation of eftpos facilities during the event.
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)

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!

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.

Dine from an exciting range of international themed street food stalls. View our menu here

Fleet Steps south, Mrs Macquaries Point. Entry via Art Gallery Road. View location map