The Sydney New Year’s Eve program features a numbers of events leading up to the spectacular Midnight Fireworks.

  • 6pm


    Aerial Acrobatics

    Above Sydney Harbour

    Matt Hall will thrill spectators with his aerial acrobatics over Sydney Harbour.

  • 7pm


    Fire Tug Water Display

    Sydney Harbour

    The Ted Noffs fire tug will arrive and blast tonnes of water into the skies. The spray from the Ted Noffs will create a spectacle in the setting sun.

  • 7.30pm


    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Smoking Ceremony

    Sydney Harbour

    White smoke emerges and flows across the waters from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vessels including Tribal Warrior, Mari Nawi and The Penguin, which cleanse the harbour of negative spirits. The ceremony begins with traditional eucalyptus smoke, cleansing the past and preparing everyone for the New Year ahead, and ends with pyrotechnic smoke effects.

  • 8pm


    Aerial Acrobatics

    Above Sydney Harbour

    Matt Hall will thrill spectators with his aerial acrobatics over Sydney Harbour.

  • 8.30pm


    Pylon Projections

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    On New Year’s Eve the Sydney Harbour Bridge is, as always, a genuine star. The north and south pylons will burst to life after sunset with huge images projected on the pylons’ surfaces.

  • 8.40pm


    Acknowledgement of Country

    Sydney Harbour

    The Acknowledgement of Country ceremony performed by Wuruniri Music and Dance shows our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture and heritage, and the relationship the traditional custodians have with the land. Three vessels from the Tribal Warrior Association will assemble on the harbour, north of Sydney Opera House. Red flares fire from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks barges.

  • 8.45pm


    Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the heart and focus of Sydney New Year’s Eve, displaying images that beautifully reflect the annual theme. The Bridge Effect will operate until 5am.

  • 9.15pm


    Harbour of Light Parade™

    Sydney Harbour

    Following the 9PM Family Fireworks, the Harbour of Light Parade™ begins. Each vessel in this illuminated flotilla submits a design based on the Sydney New Year’s Eve theme.

  • 10.30pm


    Telstra Design-A-Firework Show

    Sydney Harbour

    See the winning design of the Telstra Design-A-Firework competition come to life in a 30 second to one minute feature firework moment! This year’s competition was won by 13 year old Queenslander, Tiffany Hughes.

  • Midnight


    Midnight Fireworks Display

    Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour

    At the stroke of midnight, we celebrate the start of a New Year! Sydney does this in style by lighting up the night sky with a spectacular twelve minute fireworks display. For the first time in a decade, Sydney Opera House will also fire over 1,000 fireworks creating an even bigger celebration. The fireworks and Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect, which promises to be twice as big as previous years are always a well-kept secret until midnight on 31 December. This year’s display will feature a Citibank blue moment and some exciting new effects so don’t miss it!

    View more fireworks images here

  • Til 5 January

    Til 5 January

    Mambo pop-up store and Southern Comfort Bar

    Now Open!

    Mambo’s having a party and you’re invited to join us at Customs House Square, Circular Quay. Quality Mambo endorsed activity featuring live DJ’s, South Orleans cuisine, Southern Comfort cocktails, live art by notorious Mambo artists Ben Brown and Blair Sayer, and a Mambo POP UP Store with exclusive 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve merchandise. The party continues through until Sunday, 5 January 2014 so be prepared to pace yourself!