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New Year's Eve in Sydney

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

Aerial shot of Sydney Harbour as the fireworks go off on New Year's Eve
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 2018 Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations will include a Welcome to Country, with special effects displayed on Sydney Harbour Bridge to represent Aboriginal culture, as well as a smoking ceremony. The design of the display will aim to reflect Sydney's diverse cultural landscape, our social progress and the energetic and ever evolving pulse of the city.

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.

Free sites to watch the NYE fireworks
Things to do

Free sites to watch the NYE fireworks

Aim for these top free sites to watch the fireworks. 

Where to pee on New Year's Eve
Things to do

Where to pee on New Year's Eve

The one thing that ruins any celebration is the desperate need for a bathroom.

New Year's Day parties in Sydney
Things to do

New Year's Day parties in Sydney

Everyone knows the biggest, messiest parties take place on January 1.

Where to recover

Cafés open on New Year's Day in Sydney
Restaurants

Cafés open on New Year's Day in Sydney

It can be hard to get a brew on January 1. We’ve found five cafés that won’t leave you hanging.

The best picnic spots in Sydney
Things to do

The best picnic spots in Sydney

Organise a long, lazy lunch for a big group of friends or, an impromptu dinner date alfresco.

The best ocean pools in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best ocean pools in Sydney

Dive in as the sun rises and cleanse yourself of 2018's sins in these salty baths.

The best nudist beaches in Sydney
Attractions

The best nudist beaches in Sydney

New year, new nudist.

Find more things to do this summer

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions

Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

January events in Sydney
Things to do

January events in Sydney

The first month of the year is packed with summer music festivals, outdoor markets and blockbuster theatre shows.

17 movies you must see this summer
Film

17 movies you must see this summer

Summer’s smorgasbord of film stretches ahead of you, with a mile of Oscar-worthy flicks.

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

Do alfresco movies like an expert with Time Out’s guide to the new summer season.