A safe, inclusive and enjoyable event for all

There are accessible options available to help make Sydney New Year’s Eve memorable for everyone.

A woman with a guide dog uses a tactile street sign at a pedestrian crossing.

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.

Please note: All designated accessible viewing areas are now booked out.

  • Barangaroo
    Ticketed, $5-$40. Bookings essential. Family friendly, large crowds. Alcohol for sale. No parking.
  • Cahill Expressway
    Free. Bookings essential for 9pm and midnight sessions. Alcohol prohibited. Very limited 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.

Our vantage point map also shows general public viewing areas that have accessible features.

Other ways to enjoy the celebrations

Audio description

Tune in through the ABC Listen app or ABC Extra on digital radio. You can also listen to the live audio description through 2RPH on 1224AM or 100.5FM. Highlights include the Welcome to Country ceremony, Harbour of Light Parade and fireworks at 9pm and midnight.

Listen to the audio description for 2017 Sydney New Year’s Eve:

TV and online

You can watch the event on the ABC and iview.The broadcast begins at 8.35pm. Live closed captions available.


Listen to KIIS 1065 for the exclusive soundtrack at 9pm and midnight.

Pylon projections

Keep an eye out for the Auslan, British and American sign language interpretations 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.

Orientation session

In 2017, we’ll trial an orientation session for people with disability.

From 27 December, a volunteer from one of our information booths will guide individuals or groups along preferred routes from public transport to vantage points and back again. The volunteer will identify any significant changes for New Year’s Eve and assist guests to familiarise themselves with the route.

Spaces are limited. Bookings essential.

Access maps

These maps show the level of effort required to negotiate routes for a person using a wheelchair:

Alternative formats

Download the event guide in an alternative format.


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.

Make an enquiry

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