A safe, inclusive and enjoyable event for all
There are accessible options available to help make Sydney New Year’s Eve memorable for everyone.
Designated accessible viewing areas
These areas are reserved for people with disability to enjoy with their family and friends. We have provided some information for each spot including accessible features, site entry and public transport advice.
- Ballaarat Park Booked out
Free. Bookings essential. Family friendly, less congested. Alcohol prohibited. No parking.
- Barangaroo Sold out
Ticketed, $5-$35. Family friendly, large crowds. Alcohol for sale. No parking.
- Cahill Expressway Booked out
Free. Bookings essential for 6pm or 10.30pm session. Alcohol prohibited. Very limited parking.
- Goat Island Sold out
Ticketed, $130-$195. Access via ferry, subject to breezes, uninterrupted views. No parking.
- Mary Booth Reserve Booked out
Free. Bookings essential. Large crowds, steep gradients, close to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Alcohol prohibited. No parking.
- Mrs Macquaries Point Booked out
Free. Bookings essential. Panoramic views, large crowds, long walks. Alcohol for sale.
- Pirrama Park Booked out
Free. Bookings essential. Family friendly, less congested. Alcohol for sale. Very limited parking.
- Sydney Opera House Booked out
Free. Bookings essential. Large crowds, buggy service available. Alcohol for sale. Very limited parking.
To compare the designated accessible viewing areas in a table, you can download our summary (PDF 72 KB).
Our vantage point map also shows general public viewing areas that are accessible.
Other ways to enjoy the celebrations
Listen to the audio description for 2016 Sydney New Year’s Eve.
- Introduction and Welcome to Country (MP3 6 MB)
- 9pm family fireworks display (MP3 9 MB)
- Midnight fireworks display (MP3 13 MB)
TV and online
The ABC will broadcast the event from 8.30pm to 12.20am on TV and online. Live closed captions available.
104.1 2Day FM simulcasts the soundtracks for the 9pm family fireworks and the midnight fireworks.
Keep an eye out for the Auslan interpretation of Welcome to SydNYE, projected on both sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.
Accommodation and transport
City of Sydney provides an accessibility map. Keep in mind road closures are in place on New Year’s Eve.
Zero200 offers accessible taxis. Bookings essential. Call 02 8332 0200.
Transport Info features trip planners with maps and journey details.
Easy Access Australia offers information about accessible accommodation, including details about hotels in the city centre.
Sydney For All provides accessible tourist information, including things to do and options for getting around.
The event guide is available in large print and audio as well as Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Braille available on request.
Sydney New Year’s Eve Accessibility Officer
Phone: +61 2 9265 9333
Telephone Interpreting Service: 13 14 50
You can also contact us through the National Relay Service.