Parties, Countdown & Fireworks

Quite possibly the most legendary New Years Eve firework displays in the world happen in Sydney, with a focus on the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Each year around 1.5 million celebrator’s line the harbor shoreline so it’s a good idea to get there early to find a place to hang out for the countdown. The firework displays can be seen all over the city from the Sydney Harbor National Park to the city center. The celebrations begin with pre-show activities starting around 5pm and the festivities continue until the 9pm family fireworks followed by the biggest displays at midnight.

Popular vantage points include Darling Harbor, Mosman, Glebe and Barangaroo, a fantastic place to watch the fireworks with family and friend; book tickets early and bring your picnic basket. The city’s hotels, bars and restaurants will be hosting their own New Years Eve celebrations, some requiring tickets some not.

Hop aboard Sydney’s showboats (book in advance) for the world’s most exhilarating New Year’s Eve festivities along the Sydney Harbor. The showboats are the best ways to view all of the city’s fireworks while enjoying onboard entertainment.

The Harbor of Light Parade is a thrilling visual display, and will the perfect lead in to New Years Eve in Sydney. The parade’s creative use of rope lights and more turn vessels into visual masterpieces. All the beautifully embellished vessels will navigate a path that extends from Cockatoo Island at the west, to Clark Island to the east, providing a sensational and vibrant display of showy, vibrant lights.

There will be a number of New Years Eve special events held throughout the city with the Sydney Opera House being one of the most popular venues every year. The Opera house literally has something for everyone including cabaret shows, the annual Opera Gala, and delicious dining venues complete with an exceptional party atmosphere.

From Sydney’s renowned Taronga Zoo, to it’s fun Luna Park complete with amusement park rides, food and fun, to the harbor parties complete with champagne and lavish dinners and uninterrupted panoramic views of Sydney Harbor and fireworks are served up with lavish canapés, New Years Eve in Sydney is sure to be memorable.

Accommodation for NYE

Sydney, Australia is literally brimming with accommodations in every price range. You’ll find hotels that range from trendy to high end, to budget friendly choices. Some popular hotels in the area include Sheraton in the Park, Quay West Suites Sydney, Hilton Sydney Hotel, The Sydney Boulevard Hotel, Shangri-la Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Hyatt hotel. If you have planned to spend your next coming Christmas or New Year in Australia, early hotel booking is highly suggested.