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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 2018 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 or indulge at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong restaurant. You can also grab a front-row seat to the action at the popular Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen or be transported to La Riviera at Portside Sydney’s NYE party.

Royal Botanic Garden

The best views in town for the spectacular fireworks extravaganza are at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain. This harbourside location is hosting 4 parties this year, each with a unique flair. From the family friendly, picnic-style Lawn with the View, to the zany, vintage circus-themed Harbour Hoopla. For a luxury experience, go for a full sit-down dinner at Midnight at the Oasis, whilst partygoers will love the festival-style atmosphere at the Point. Limited pre-sale tickets are now available. Register to receive your promo code. General public tickets go on sale Wednesday 20 September.

Sydney’s parks and islands

National Parks and Wildlife is hosting a variety of parties to suit every taste and budget. Catch the event from Fort Denison, Clark Island, Goat Island, Nielsen Park, Shark Island or Bradleys Head. Details will be released later in 2017. Sign up to be the first to hear about these events.

Taronga Zoo

Bid farewell to 2017 in the best company possible: With Taronga Zoo’s night-time creatures! It’s no secret that the zoo offers one of the best views of the harbour and the annual party is something you must do at least once in your life. Tickets go on sale in September and usually sell out by mid October.


See the show from the harbourside vantage point at Barangaroo Reserve. Tickets go on general sale in early October but there will be an exclusive pre-sale offer for people who subscribe to the Barangaroo e-newsletter.

Illuminated boats participate in the 'Harbour Of Light Parade' on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour.

Harbour cruises

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.

A live band plays to dancing partygoers at an indoor venue.

More NYE events

If views of the fireworks aren’t important, or you’ll like to stay out afterwards, there are many New Year’s Eve events available. Celebrate at a restaurant, bar or nightclub.

You’ll be able to avoid the crowds at a ticketed event and alcohol is available. The lockout won’t apply on New Year’s Eve, but last drinks are at 3am.

Book your ticket early as these events may sell out.

Visit What’s On for more NYE events.