Sydney NYE: The Top 5 Free and Paid Options


Experiencing the spectacular grandeur of Sydney’s NYE affairs should be an obligatory item on the to-do list of anyone in or visiting the region this time of the year.  There are countless spots to soak in the harbourside firework extravaganza when the clock strikes midnight. So much so however, that it’s become increasingly difficult for many of us to pick the right one!

From bridge-side spots to garden parties, we are going to give you a rundown of the best free and paid destinations to help you wrap up 2015 in true Sydney-style pyrotechnical glory.

Free Vantage Points

Mrs. Macquaries Point

This is an excellent option because it offers arguably one of the best view of the grand affair. However, prepare to get there earlier than you would for the launch of a new iPhone.

Pro: Stellar view.
Con: Impossibly busy.

Bradfield Park

If you’re on the North Shore, this is the spot to be in. It’s large, doesn’t pack out till later in the day (so no huge rush), and is about as close as you’ll get to the bridge for free on NYE.

Pro: Bridge-side spot.
Con: Travel to-from the park, if you’re south of the bridge.

The Sydney Opera House

This is by far the most iconic location to take in the spectacle. If this is your once-in-a-lifetime Sydney NYE, this is the spot to experience it from.

Pro: It’s the Opera House (!).
Con: Gets incredibly busy, equally early.

Manly Cove

Sydney’s glorious beaches are as symbolic of the nation as the Opera House is of the city. If the fireworks aren’t your first priority, and you’re after a somewhat different experience (away from the inner-city chaos), a beach-side NYE might just do the trick.

Pro: It’s different.
Con: Lack of a comparable vantage point.

[+] Pirrama Park

This is our favorite. Great views of the harbor bridge, hardly ever reaches capacity (or gets too packed), and walking distance to the CBD.

Pro: Convenient and comfortable.
Con: You’ll miss the Opera House.


Paid Vantage Points

Goat Island

Take it in from the heart of the action on this spectacular little island off the harbor. Tickets are almost sold out, so get on it quick!

[+] Tropicana at Bungalow 8

Couple that harborside vantage point with international, world-renowned DJs and a tropicana vibe will have you dancing the night away, immersed amidst a “full-scale audiovisual masterpiece.”

WIN: Find out how to win a double pass here >>

Clark Island Garden Party

For a more experiential, boutique island experience, try the Clark Island Garden Party. Scrumptious food, delectable cocktails, and incredible entertainment help you usher in 2016 in elegance.

Bradleys Head – The Mast

The North Shore showcases another winner, with entertainment aplenty. With live acts, circus workshops, face painting, and more; NYE brings an entirely unique experience to this already fantastic vantage point.

NYE Above the Harbour

A trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens is never lacking for a reason, and NYE is a spectacular one. Enjoy a five-star front row seat for the evening, with food and beverages to match.


Happy New Year!