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Your Guide to New Years Eve in Sydney 2015

So your going to be in Sydney for New Years Eve? Here are some great ideas and resources to help you plan an awesome New Years Eve in Sydney. Sydney offers it all. You can spend a lot or spend a little to have an evening to remember. But don’t leave it too long to book, the events and boats are selling out fast!

In Sydney you can party any night of the week but can you see the amazing midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour? My perfect last day of the year is spent with friends and family, indulging in favourite food and wine, culminating in seeing the fireworks on the Harbour foreshore at midnight.

The Harbour Bridge Fireworks on New Years Eve. Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The Harbour Bridge is the focus for Fireworks on New Years Eve. Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The Fine Life

Why not visit the Sydney Opera House and watch a performance of Puccini’s lavish La Bohme, or see the Opera Gala. Interval is timed to catch the 9pm fireworks. Following the performance is the Midnight Party. From $1179 all inclusive including pre performance dinner. Performance only, from $289 (get in quick!) Midnight Party from $299.

Opera House New Years Eve

Enjoy a night of fine views and fine dining at one of Sydney’s best restaurants with views as well as food to die for, such as Quay or Aria or the Shangri La’s and get the best view of all the firework action.

Aria Restaurant

Quay Restaurant

Shangri La Sydney New Years Eve

The Harbour Bridge Fireworks on New Years Eve. Sydney, NSW, Australia.

All the drama of a good show. New Years Eve. Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Unique Experiences

See the fireworks and enjoy a fabulous evening on the harbour on one of Sydney Harbours Islands’. Fort Denison for dinner, canapes and cocktails, or Clarke Island for a Garden Party or Shark Island for a Fiesta. From $160. You can also go Glamping/ Camping for the night on Cockatoo Island. From $425 per tent site.

National Parks NSW

Cockatoo Island New Years Eve

Or seeing the fireworks from Sydney Harbour itself is pretty special. There are many choices to get you on the water for the big event. You can go for a fully catered event with Captain Cook or Vagabond Cruises, or byo picnic with Pilgrim Sailing on a 58ft yacht, or get into the action on a ferry with Beyond the Wharf.

Captain Cook Cruises

Vagabond Cruises

Pilgrim Sailing

Beyond The Wharf

Fireworks on New Years Eve. Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The photo doesn’t do the falling gold justice, New Years Eve, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Party the night away

Party with a view at the ultimate New Years Eve Party at The Opera House. ‘Party at the House’ Party at the House Champagne, Cocktails and Canapes all night! From $595

Another great option is the Above the Harbour party. A fully catered food and beverage party in the Domain just above the Opera House. A top location! NYE Above the Harbour.

On the North side of the Harbour, Luna Park has it all. Great views, catered and non catered events and a fun park! A great way to see the fireworks and enjoy the evening.  Luna Park Events New Years Eve

Taronga Zoo also has a couple of great sounding events. A roaring 20’s dinner or a speakeasy cocktail party.

Taronga Zoo

Picnic with a view

New Years Eve Sydney 2014. Lavender Bay, Sydney, Australia

Enjoying the last day of the year in Sydney 2014. Lavender Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Sydney is blessed with Parks by the Harbour where you can go and join the crowds and see the fireworks for nix. Thats right! Not a cent! This is a great option for families and friends.

The key for a great day is in the planning.  Be early if you want to picnic and get a nice spot. Many make a full day of it from breakfast onwards.

Crowd control is exercised by police in the most popular spots to make sure it doesn’t get too crowded. There are alcohol restrictions in place in many areas so check online before you pack! Also access may be controlled and you may need to be in by a certain time. Many families picnic early to see the 9pm fireworks and then take the little ones home, so there is a exodus from the foreshores around the 9 – 10pm mark. Facilities are generally provided by the local councils.

Mrs Macquaries Point in the Botanical Gardens is a top spot to have a picnic and enjoy the fireworks.

Mrs Macquaries Point

My favourite spot is

Lavender Bay, McMahons Point. At the end of Blues Point Road, McMahons Point. A lovely place to picnic and view the harbour fireworks from. Its very popular! I also like under the Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli. Check the North Sydney Council website closer to the event for rules etc.

Picnic at Lavender Bay for New Years Eve Fireworks, 2014. Sydney, Australia.

Picnic at Lavender Bay for New Years Eve Fireworks, 2014. Sydney, Australia.

North Sydney Council

National Parks of NSW has all the information you need to go to Bradleys Head, Mosman, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse or North Head, Manly.

National Parks NSW

And if nothing above catches your eye, perhaps throw a few shrimps of the barbe, fill the esky with your favourite bevy and chill out with your best mates! You can always watch the fireworks on the TV!

Have a Great New Year!

This list has by no means covered every spot or every venue. Find or know of something great you want to share with your other Indulgent Adventurers? Drop us a line at

Glorious Sydney. New Years Eve 2014, Sydney, Australia.

Glorious Sydney. New Years Eve 2014, Sydney, Australia.













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