NYE Live

Your front row seat

Framed by the glittering cityscape and perfectly reflected by the harbour below, there’s no New Year’s Eve celebration quite like Sydney.


Event program


Pre-show entertainment

Prepare to be thrilled as flying ace Matt Hall masterminds an aerial display just for NYE. At 6.50pm, a tug boat takes centre stage at Sydney Harbour with a stunning water display, before Matt Hall’s return at 8pm.


Welcome to Country

The theme for this year’s ceremony is Walking on Country. The welcome reflects our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their heritage and living culture. Eucalyptus smoke is released over the water, cleansing Sydney Harbour of any bad spirits. Flares are released and spectacular images on the pylons celebrate Eora country.


Family fireworks display

The first fireworks allow our littlest spectators, who may nod off a little earlier, the chance to see a fantastic display. The 8 minute display includes fireworks released from 4 barges and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The display is choreographed to the soundtrack for children on 2Day FM.


Harbour of Light Parade

Sydney Harbour is illuminated with ships gliding across the water, enchanting spectators of all ages. Each vessel is decorated with cool white ropelight, dazzling the crowds and adding to the unique choreography as they dance in the harbour.


Fireworks display

At the stroke of midnight, we celebrate the start of the new year in spectacular fashion. The 12 minute display features a huge range of pyrotechnic effects from 7 barges in the harbour and firing points from across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Tune in to the synchronised simulcast on 104.1 2Day FM.

TV, radio and live stream

Of course, there’s another great seat available to you right now: the comfort of your own home. Don’t miss a thing with the best places to experience the celebrations live.

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Visiting Sydney

Sydney welcomes visitors from all over Australia and the world throughout the year but there’s an extra special something in the air for New Year’s Eve.

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