If you want to catch the show from these locations, planning is essential because they are the first to fill every year. You’ll need to arrive earlier in the day to secure a spot, so make sure you have enough snacks, water and sunscreen to see you through what is likely to be a loooong day.
Public transport is the best way to get around, and we’ve suggested some routes for you, but make sure to check our transport page for the latest updates.
Sydney Opera House
Arrive early if you want to nab the best seat in the house. Offering free public access to reserved areas with excellent harbour, bridge and fireworks views, the Sydney Opera House is always one of the first vantage points to reach capacity on New Year’s Eve.
This one is super popular, so we’d recommend having a back-up vantage point in mind. East Circular Quay is the obvious choice.
Sydney Opera House is a good spot for people with accessibility requirements, as it offers a designated accessible viewing area and mobility services. There are limited spaces available in the viewing area and registration is required.
The Opera House is also well located for public transport links, close to local trains, ferries and buses. However, there will be timetable changes, which means trains, ferries and buses won’t stop at Circular Quay from early evening. If you can walk from Wynyard or Martin Place, we’d recommend you do so. Also note that getting home will require a bit of a walk up Macquarie Street to the closest bus stop.
While it’s not possible to bring your own alcohol, there are a number of vendors selling food and drinks on site (including alcoholic beverages) so there are plenty of options to see you through until midnight.
Of course, if you want to make a real night of it, you can book a spot at one of the Opera House’s ticketed events. See New Year’s Eve tickets you can buy now.
Mrs Macquaries Point
If you would like a family friendly, grassy vantage point with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline, you can’t go past Mrs Macquaries Point in the Domain. This area is a non-ticketed public viewing area, however there is a gold coin donation if you would like to enter.
Remember this vantage point is popular so we recommend using public transport to get in early and secure a great spot. You can’t take alcohol into this location but there will be alcohol and many food offerings for sale, and you are also welcome to pack a picnic. Mrs Macquaries Point also offers a designated accessible viewing area and mobility services.
To get to Mrs Macquaries Point, the best way is to arrive early via bus or at one the closest train stations at Martin Place or Wynyard. The easiest way to get home will be to walk back up Macquarie Street toward Central, but be sure to check our transport page for up-to-date information.
For a guaranteed spot without the stress, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney offers 4 ticketed events in the Domain. The Point, Midnight at the Oasis, Lawn with a View and new event, Harbour Hoopla, offer similar views with great food and party vibes.