New Year's Eve parties in Sydney

Book ahead for a spectacular night on the harbour
Bradleys Head NYE
Photograph: Kelly Hulme
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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 world famous fireworks display come New Year’s Eve. As we move closer to the latter, it’s time to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations – and could be worth calling 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 picnics in the park. If you’ve a reputation to uphold and want to kick on into next year, we’ve got New Year's Day parties for you too. Catch you later, 2018!

New Year's Eve events

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Crowds watch the fireworks by the shore.
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Things to do, Fireworks

New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island

icon-location-pin Cockatoo Island, Sydney
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Cockatoo Island offers an excellent vantage point to watch the colourful display light up the night sky, with accommodation included. You can camp, glamp or stay in restored Heritage Houses and apartments. 

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Bradleys Head NYE
Photograph: Kelly Hulme
Things to do, Fireworks

New Year's Eve at Bradleys Head

icon-location-pin Bradleys Head, Mosman
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If you’re after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve tpo share with the kids, look no further than Bradleys Head. Located in the heart of Mosman, Bradleys Head is hosting three New Year’s Eve events, each with an amazing view of the Harbour.

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Crowed watches fireworks in front of the Sydney Opera House.
Photograph: Christian Gilles
Things to do, Fireworks

NYE at Opera Bar

icon-location-pin Opera Bar, Sydney
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The headline entertainment for this popular habrour party is time-warping DJ Hot Dub Time Machine. The man behind the spectacular audio-visual set, Sydney’s Tom Loud, will take NYE revellers on a journey through musical history at a Cuban themed party. What a mix. 

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People watching fireworks at Barangaroo
Photograph: Michael Amendolia
Things to do, Fireworks

New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo Reserve

icon-location-pin Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
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The gentling sloping grass at Barangaroo Reserve provides a fantastic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks display, and it’s one of the cheapest NYE celebrations close to all the sparkly action, at less than $50 for adults.

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Shark Island on New Year's Eve
Photograph: National Parks and Wildlife Service
Things to do, Food and drink

NYE Shark Island Party

icon-location-pin Shark Island, Sydney
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Located just off Rose Bay, Shark Island is a secluded harbour island that’s at the top of our list for New Year’s celebrations. The island will be undergoing a tropical makeover and will be turned into a lush island party oasis. 

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Fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
Things to do, Food and drink

New Year’s Eve with Opera Australia

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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At the pinnacle of glamorous New Year’s Eve celebrations is the Opera Australia event – an evening of fine dining, arias and operettas, bookended by a view of the midnight fireworks from Sydney’s best vantage point. There are three ticketing options to suit your budget and party stamina. 

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Clark Island
Photograph: Edwina Pickles
Things to do, Fireworks

NYE Clark Island Garden Party

icon-location-pin Clark Island, Sydney
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The secluded New Year’s Eve do on Clark Island lets you greedily lap up those spectacular harbour views and enjoy an evening feast, minus the foot traffic and over-stuffed restaurants. Your ticket also includes a refreshing cocktail on arrival and a three-course dinner.

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New Year's Eve at Sydney Observatory
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Things to do, Fireworks

New Year’s Eve at Sydney Observatory

icon-location-pin Sydney Observatory, Millers Point
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Sydney Observatory will be hosting a posh garden party that includes Champagne, wine, beer and canapés throughout the evening – and of course those killer views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s a fancy affair, so get dolled up.

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Steele Point Clearing at Neilson Park in Vaucluse at Sydney Harbour National Park. The views extend back to the Sydney city.
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Things to do, Fireworks

NYE at Nielsen Park

icon-location-pin Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
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They’re keeping New Year’s Eve simple at Nielsen Park: bring a picnic blanket, some snacks, a few drinks and gaze out over the city skyline with the whole family as the fireworks colour the beginning of 2019. 

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Man and woman drink Champagne overlooking the city skyline.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Fireworks

NYE Strickland House

icon-location-pin Strickland House, Vaucluse
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Within the Sydney Harbour National Park there is an expanse of wonderfully lush, green lawns facing the Harbour Bridge on the estate of Strickland House, and you’re welcome to pop your picnic blanket down and enjoy the uninterrupted views of the fireworks this New Year’s Eve. 

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NYE Hacienda
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Bars, Cocktail bars

NYE at Hacienda Sydney

icon-location-pin Hacienda Bar Sydney, Circular Quay
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[Sponsored] When it comes to finding a luxe way to celebrate New Year's Eve there's no buzzier spot than Hacienda Sydney. The Cuban-inspired cocktail lounge above Circular Quay will host a night of stunning views and Champagne this NYE.

Plan your ultimate NYE

Aerial shot of Sydney Harbour as the fireworks go off on New Year's Eve
Photograph: Destination NSW
Things to do, Fireworks

New Year's Eve in Sydney

Sydney's NYE celebrations are world famous, and for good reason. But no one likes crowds. Here's how to have a good time, including knowing where to pee and when to kick-on, on December 31.

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