Event program


Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Gadigal Elders welcome visitors to Gadigal land, inviting all to this age-old ritual of purification and unity.


Air display

Flying ace Matt Hall thrills the crowds in a spectacular aerial display just for New Year’s Eve.


Pylon projections and lighting effects

Projections on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons enliven the landmark throughout the night. Lighting effects on the eastern side dazzle the harbour foreshore.


Calling Country

A harbour-wide ceremony embracing and honouring the Dreaming of this place and our relationship to it. Enjoy live performances from the ABC concert at the Sydney Opera House and spectacular pylon projections.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers perform a Welcome to Country ceremony on centre stage.


Family fireworks

The first fireworks allow our littlest spectators, who may nod off a little earlier, the chance to see a fantastic display. The display includes fireworks released from barges and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Includes the winning entry from the ABC’s Design Your Own Firework competition. Tune in to the synchronised simulcast on KIIS 1065.

A mother and child watch the fireworks in awe among other spectators.


Harbour of Light Parade

Sydney Harbour is illuminated with ships gliding across the water, enchanting spectators of all ages. Each vessel is decorated with colour changing light, dazzling the crowds and adding to the unique choreography as they dance in the harbour.

Search lights point into the night sky with illuminated sailing ships and boats on the harbour in front of the Sydney Opera House.


Fireworks display

We celebrate the start of the new year in spectacular fashion. The display features a huge range of pyrotechnic effects launched from firing points on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and barges in the harbour. Watch a live stream. Tune in to the synchronised simulcast on KIIS 1065.

Fireworks explode from the arch of an illuminated Sydney Harbour Bridge with the harbour packed with spectator vessels.