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 Free. Bookings essential. Family friendly, less congested. Alcohol prohibited. No parking.
  • **Barangaroo
    Ticketed, $5-$35. Family friendly, large crowds. Alcohol for sale. No parking.
  • **Cahill Expressway
    Free. Bookings essential for 6pm or 10.30pm session. Alcohol prohibited. Very limited parking.
  • **Goat Island Ticketed, $130-$195. Access via ferry, subject to breezes, uninterrupted views. No parking.
  • **Mary Booth Reserve Free. Bookings essential. Large crowds, steep gradients, close to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Alcohol prohibited. No parking.
  • **Mrs Macquaries Point Free. Bookings essential. Panoramic views, large crowds, long walks. Alcohol for sale.
  • **Pirrama Park  Free. Bookings essential. Family friendly, less congested. Alcohol for sale. Very limited parking.
  • **Sydney Opera House
    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

Audio description

Tune in through the ABC Radio app or ABC Extra station on digital radio. Highlights include the Welcome to Country, 9pm family fireworks, Harbour of Light Parade and midnight fireworks display.

Listen to the audio description for 2016 Sydney New Year’s Eve.

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.

Pylon projections

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.

Event guide

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.