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Free places to watch the NYE fireworks in Sydney

Avoid the crush on New Year’s Eve

Sydney New Years Eve Fireworks
Photograph: Tourism NSW
By Time Out editors |
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Steer clear of the CBD, where you'll find huge crowds and expensive entry prices. Instead, aim for these top free sites to watch the fireworks and cheers to a golden 2019 in (relative) peace. There might not be a readily available source of booze or food – or even a modern wiz palace – but the lack of lines and ample dancing room is well worth the mild inconvenience. 

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Free places to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks

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North Head
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North Head

icon-location-pin Manly

Get as far from the CBD as possible. You can only catch a glimpse of the bridge but still have an awesome view of the pretty explosions across the Harbour. The site fits 2,000 people, but leave the booze behind – it’s strictly no alcohol. You'll probably need to drive to make the trek, so keep in mind parking fees range from $3 per hour to a $20 per day.

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Aerial view of Pirrama Park in Pyrmont
Photograph: Supplied
Kids, Playgrounds

Pirrama Park

icon-location-pin Pyrmont

If you want to cling to the foreshore, you can stay relatively central and still nab a free firework-viewing seat at Pirrama Park. It offers glorious views over Blackwattle Bay, can accommodate 15,000 party-goers and will be offering food and booze on the night. We recommend calling dibs on a picnic spot early. 

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Robertson Park
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Robertson Park

icon-location-pin Watsons Bay

The city is almost a speck in the distance, but it’s a near panoramic speck with obstructed views of the bridge. Robertson is an unmanaged alcohol-free site that holds 500 but isn’t expected to reach capacity.

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Simmons Point Reserve
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Simmons Point Reserve

icon-location-pin Balmain East

Busy, but not squishy, with the reserve on the northeastern tip holding a few hundred people. It has an uninterrupted view of the bridge, but no alcohol is allowed, and there’s no toilets (you’ll have to pop round to another of the nearby parks for those).

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Sydney Park
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Sydney Park

icon-location-pin Erskineville

The sprawling grounds have capacity for 2,000 people, and the city skyline is viewable up the top of a steep hill. So you might want to get in early if you want to bag a spot around there. This is an unmanaged alcohol-free site. 

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Waverton Park
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Waverton Park

icon-location-pin Waverton

Probably the busiest spot on our list, but location and ease of access at this alcohol-free site can’t be beaten. You can avoid the city and hop on a train to Waverton, and the park is just a five-minute walk away, on prime waterfront real estate with a great view of the city and bridge.

Can I please use your bathroom?

A close up shot of the toilet door at The Bearded Tit. A painted
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Things to do, Fireworks

Where to wee on NYE

We've gone and collected a list of public toilets that will be open into the wee hours on NYE. Visit these when the fireworks are coming and the seal is well and truly broken. 

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