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Bradleys Head NYE
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New Year's Eve parties in Sydney

Book ahead for a spectacular night on the harbour and welcome the new decade

By Olivia Gee
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Sydney’s got a bit of a knack for colouring the harbour with glorious illuminations, from the spectacle of Vivid in winter to the internationally renowned NYE fireworks display. Somehow we’ve worked (and partied) our way through another rotation around the sun, and lo and behold a new decade is on our doorstep. It’s time to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations, and you may want to call dibs on a revered harbourside patch of grass already; they fill up fast for the count-down to midnight.

We've picked out the best events taking place on New Year's Eve in Sydney – including fancy ticketed dos and more affordable park hangs with stellar views of the Circular Quay spectacle. If you’ve a reputation to uphold and want to kick on into the roaring ’20s, we’ve got New Year's Day parties for you too. Feeling flat? Freshen up with a splash at Sydney’s best beaches. It’s been wild, 2019!

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People sitting inside booth eating at Goros Bar Surry Hills
People sitting inside booth eating at Goros Bar Surry Hills
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Where to sober up in Sydney

Restaurants Bars

There’s nothing like the harsh reality of the last call to make you realise how hungry – and perhaps how tipsy – you really are. Sometimes the only way to sort yourself out and curb tomorrow’s hangover is to treat yourself to a feast. Whether you prefer sweet, salty or spicy, we’re here to help keep your hangover at the helm with a cheat sheet for a satisfying late-night meal in Sydney that’ll bring you back to your senses. 

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