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.
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
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 2016 Sydney New Year’s Eve:
- Introduction and Welcome to Country (MP3 6 MB)
- 9pm family fireworks display (MP3 9 MB)
- Midnight fireworks display (MP3 13 MB)
TV and online
Listen to KIIS 1065 for the exclusive soundtrack at 9pm and midnight.
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.
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.
These maps show the level of effort required to negotiate routes for a person using a wheelchair:
- St James to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
- St James and Martin Place to east Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House
- Town Hall and Wynyard to west Circular Quay and Dawes Point
- Town Hall to Darling Harbour
- Wynyard to Barangaroo
- Central to Darling Harbour
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.