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New Year's Eve in Sydney

Where to watch the Sydney fireworks, party and recover this NYE

Photograph: Destination NSW

Sydney's NYE celebrations are world famous, and for good reason. Sydney’s official fireworks ceremonies take place at 9pm and midnight. This year’s official opening of the 2016 Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations will include a six-minute Welcome to Country, featuring red flares and a golden sun on Sydney Harbour Bridge to represent the Aboriginal flag. There’ll also be a smoking ceremony on board two boats travelling from Black Wattle Bay to Sydney Harbour. This year’s ceremony is directed by Sydney New Year’s Eve creative consultant Rhoda Roberts AO.

Where to celebrate

New Year's Eve parties in Sydney
Things to do

New Year's Eve parties in Sydney

Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks are world famous, so why wouldn't you want to get the best spot to see all the action on the harbour? We've picked out the best events taking place on New Year's Eve in Sydney – including fancy ticketed dos and more affordable picnics in the park. If you've got the energy to kick on, we've got New Year's Day parties for you too. Adios, 2016! You've been one hell of a year.

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New Year's Day parties in Sydney
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