When: 31 December 2019 & 1st January 2020
Venue: Sydney Harbour & Coogee Beach
Price: Varies on Event
Thinking of coming to Sydney this New Years Eve? People from all around the world flock to Sydney to celebrate the new year in this magical city, so make sure you plan early!
Here’s our brief guide to help you get a head start on planning.
- 6 pm Pre-show entertainment - aerial display & water display.
- 7.30 pm Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
- 9 pm Family fireworks
- 9.08 pm Calling Country and Harbour of Light Parade
- Midnight Fireworks display
Tips for watching the fireworks:
Perhaps the best piece of advice here is to watch the fireworks on the side of the bridge you are staying on. Crossing the bridge on New Year's Eve can be incredibly difficult, and unless you want to waste your night on public transport, try not to venture too far from your accommodation.
Our best local viewpoint for the fireworks display is Embarkation Park on Victoria Street, walking distance from our Potts Point properties. The views of the Harbour Bridge are a little limited as the park has many trees so arrive early. It is a very popular site for local families that usually start setting up at 6 pm when the park opens. The site reaches capacity prior to 9 pm. Alcohol is prohibited on site so don't BYO but bring a picnic blanket and some food to celebrate.
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens is the most prestigious vantage points. This harbourside location is hosting 5 parties, each with a unique flair. From the family picnic at Lawn with the View, to the fun frivolity of the vintage circus, Harbour Hoopla. Tickets sell out early, so make sure you check out their official website here for availability.
Other iconic locations are the Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo, Pirrama Park, or on the water, aboard a city ferry or a cruise vessel. Tickets can range between $250-$500 for cruises and usually include food and drinks, some with entertainment. While this is an amazing experience, make sure you find a vessel that suits your food and music tastes.
You can view the map of places to watch the fireworks HERE.
There’s also a range of ticketed concerts and parties around Sydney to celebrate the New Year.Visit What’s On for more NYE events.
Our properties in Randwick also make it easy to get into the city, or to enjoy the fireworks at the famous Coogee Beach, at the family-friendly time of 9 pm (note there are no midnight fireworks). Families, local community and visitors gather along the coast at Coogee Beach to watch this fabulous 15-20 minute fireworks display. Coogee Beach and beachside parks are alcohol-free.
Our final piece of advice is to stay near the event you’re attending, as travelling after the fireworks or during can be tough work due to the crowds. Our Potts Point properties are a 30-minute walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens leading into Sydney Harbour. From our Randwick properties, two options: head to the city with the bus or walk down to Coogee Beach (it is an easy 17-minute walk down the hill).
This is one of our busiest times of the year so even if you don’t have all your plans sorted, book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out!