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Popular Vantage Points To Watch NYE Events in Sydney

Here are some of the most popular lookout points in and around Sydney to witness the iconic NYE harbour events.

By Charlotte EvelynPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Sydney is famous for its glorious New Year celebrations, and the whole world watches out for its prestigious events on New Year's Eve. People from across the globe make their plans to visit the "Emerald City", which actively prepares to entertain visitors as well as the locals. So, if you’re racking your brain for the perfect NYE vantage point in Sydney, here are some popular ones to consider.

A Premium Cruise On Sydney Harbour: How about celebrating New Year’s Eve on the harbour? Book your tickets on one of the best New Year’s Eve cruises on Sydney Harbour. There are plenty of boats lined up to host a special NYE experience. Talking about the vantage point to watch the events? You can have the best view of the Sydney Harbour events while enjoying this unique waterfront dining experience. By confirming your place on one of the luxurious New Year cruises, you are confirming lifelong memories.

Bradfield Park and Mary Booth Reserve Milson’s Point: The vistas of Mary Booth Reserve and Bradfield Park, each of which can accommodate 17,000 people, are very different. For all but the earliest arrivals, Bradfield Park offers a limited view of the Opera House and a predominantly western-side perspective of the Harbour Bridge. Bradfield Park is a gated area with no alcohol allowed. Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages; there will also be food available for purchase.

The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge may be seen in all their glory from the Mary Booth Reserve. The gates will be open at 5pm.

BridgeView: This location offers scintillating views of the Harbour Bridge and is on the Tarpeian Lawn above the Opera House. In addition to a picnic basket and entertaining activities, your ticket also provides access to watch the fireworks displays. The party starts at 6 p.m., the last admission is at 8 p.m., and it lasts until 1 a.m.

Opera Bar: It's the ideal outdoor location for a New Year's Eve party on the harbour. The Opera House also looks fantastic from this vantage point, and you get wonderful views of the Harbour Bridge.

All night long, there are numerous food stalls that are open catering to the guests gathered there. There is no restriction on the number of times you can go to each one.

Now that you have your vantage point options, let’s look at the NYE events that unfold on Sydney Harbour, to help you make an informed decision.

6:PM - The events kick-off with Air Displays, a curtain raiser to the splendid shows that are yet to unfold.

7:PM - Next the magnificent Tug Water Display in which water is being artistically pumped up that leads to a blast into the night sky.

8:PM - There are Air Displays again with expert stunts to amaze the crowd.

8:30PM - Pylon Projections, in which the pylons become a collection of images and themes displayed on their sides.

8:40PM - A special ceremony named “Welcome To Country” in which indigenous Australian gentlemen welcome visitors to their homeland.

9:PM - It’s time for the Welcome to Country Fireworks and that is a family-friendly event that features the talent of dancers, whale and emu totems and eventually a fireworks display. It’s an eight-minute program.

12:PM - Finally, witness the well-known Midnight Fireworks from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, which is the grand finale to the New Year celebration.

The above New Year's Eve event schedule is from the previous year. It is always subject to change.


We've gone over the list of New Year's Eve events in Sydney in this article, along with the finest locations from which to see them. Visit these locations, and write to us about the interesting things you did there.

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