Opera house with a bridge on the waterfront, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the New Year’s Eve Capital of the World and every year our celebrations get bigger and better, so if you’re planning on joining the 1.6 million-plus spectators it’s important to plan ahead.

If you visit for Sydney New Year’s Eve make sure you stick around: in January the city comes alive with music, art and culture for the Sydney Festival and we celebrate summer in true Sydney style.

While you’re here don’t forget to explore the city’s villages, from designer-led Surry Hills, to hip and happening Newtown, the elegant cafés in Potts Point, to the theatre district in Walsh Bay, there’s something to suit all tastes. Learn more about Sydney and its 10 villages with our pocket guide, Slices of Sydney.

Whether you’re a local or international visitor we’ve got information to help you have an amazing Sydney adventure.


Sydney accommodation

Find the right accommodation to suit you and your budget at Sydney.com/accommodation, from backpackers hostels, to B&Bs and five-star hotels. Make sure you book early so you don’t miss out.

Out and about

Day or night your Sydney diary will be jam packed with events. See a show at the Sydney Opera House, take a swim at one of our famous beaches or a stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden, go sailing on Sydney Harbour, hold a koala at Taronga Zoo or eat at one of our world-class restaurants. There’s so much to see and do, so get ideas, information and more at sydney.com/things-to-do.


Get the latest deals for some of Sydney’s best shows and activities at sydney.com/deals.

Further afield – exploring New South Wales

There’s plenty to see and do outside of Sydney, so experience life beyond the city in NSW. You could cool off in the Blue Mountains, take a wine tour in the Hunter Valley, go on a road trip on the Grand Pacific Drive to Wollongong, have an outback adventure in Broken Hill where you can also experience Aboriginal culture and history in Mutawintji National Park.

For ideas, inspiration, accommodation and deals, or to build your own travel map, head to visitnsw.com.

Getting around Sydney

The best way to get around the city on Sydney New Year’s Eve is by public transport. To plan your bus, ferry or train trip visit the transport website at 131500.com.au/events or by call 13 15 00.

During your time in Sydney we highly recommend exploring Sydney Harbour by water and the best way to do this is by ferry or water taxi. Circular Quay is our central ferry hub and from here you’ll be able to sail past the Sydney Opera House, under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to Taronga Zoo or out the heads to Manly – and they’re just a few of the interesting Sydney spots you could visit, so make sure your camera is fully charged.

Get cycling

Take advantage of Sydney’s cycleways and ride your bike around the city. Visit the Sydney Cycleways website to learn about the best routes in your area.

For more information on Sydney’s transport options visit sydney.com/destinations/sydney/transport.