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Your options for the biggest night of the year.
From the harbourside to the dancefloor, there’s plenty on offer for New Year’s Eve.
Book your spot on the harbour
Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight on 31 December? Plan for your best celebration yet with our picks of New Year’s Eve events.
While it’s free to attend New Year’s Eve celebrations at public vantage points, the secret to a stress-free New Year’s Eve lies in planning your night. With crowds, road closures and changed public transport conditions, #SydNYE can be a bit logistically difficult. Book your spot at one of these parties and bring in 2019 without breaking a sweat.
Sydney Opera House
An unforgettable way to see in the new year is under the sails of Sydney’s biggest icon. Enjoy the best seats in the house with Opera Australia’s Opera Gala. You can also grab a front-row seat to the action at the popular Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen or make golden memories that will last a lifetime at A Golden NYE Portside Sydney’s NYE party.
Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has the best views in town for the spectacular fireworks extravaganza. This harbourside location is hosting 5 parties, each with a unique flair. From the family picnic at Lawn with the View, to the fun frivolity of the vintage circus, Harbour Hoopla. For a luxury experience, try Illuminate at The Calyx or the full sit-down dinner at Midnight at the Oasis. Perhaps you want to just relax and enjoy uninterrupted views and the colourful summer soiree at The Point. Tickets are available for NYE in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. With 5 themed events to choose from, there really is something for everyone to enjoy your night of nights.
Bid farewell to 2018 in the best company possible – with Taronga Zoo’s night-time creatures! It’s no secret the zoo offers one of the best views of the harbour and this yearly party is something you must do at least once in your life. Choose from 4 great events that will ensure your NYE goes off with a bang. Visit the website to find out more and book tickets.
Pirrama Park: Wharf viewing
Enjoy fabulous views of the fireworks on Pirrama Park wharf on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a wonderful 3-course Jimmy Liks-designed menu, including a glass of sparkling, wine or soft drink.
For a spot right under the fireworks, harbour cruises offer a vantage point that’s hard to beat. The cruises often include food and drinks in the ticket price and it’s a great way to experience the proceedings. There are a few different kinds of offerings, so you’ll be sure to find an option to suit your taste. Visit What’s On for a list.
Harbour of Light Parade
Be part of the show when you book a place on the Harbour of Light Parade. Only a selected number of vessels take part in the official parade, a floating procession that lights up the harbour after the 9pm fireworks.
Harbour City Ferries
Harbour City Ferries is the proud operator of Sydney’s ferry network since 2012. On New Year’s Eve, some of its commuter ferries are transformed into the ultimate fireworks vantage points on Sydney Harbour.
Plan your perfect evening amid the sea of colour and lights with various ticket packages at several times and locations.
- Avoid the crowds and join one of the round-trip cruises departing from Rose Bay or Manly wharf for either the 9pm or midnight fireworks.
- Hop on a ferry secured to a Circular Quay wharf. Give your sea legs a bit of a rest and enjoy uninterrupted views for both the 9pm and midnight fireworks.
- Join the centrepiece of the New Year’s Eve celebrations: the Harbour of Lights Parade. Ride on one of our ferries through the harbour to some of the closest views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks.
More NYE events
If you choose a ticketed event at a restaurant, bar or nightclub, you’ll be able to avoid the crowds and alcohol is available. The lockout won’t apply on New Year’s Eve, but last drinks are at 3am. Takeaway alcohol sales stop at 11pm.
Book your ticket early as these events may sell out.
Visit What’s On for more NYE events.