Where to pee on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve should be a time of glamour and excitement. Not a time for squatting behind a fig tree hoping you don't get splashback up your ankles
Photograph: Anna Kucera

New Year’s Eve is the night we bid farewell to the year that’s past and welcome the next with open arms and quite a few drinks. The one thing that ruins any celebration is the desperate need for a bathroom, so we've gone and collected a list of public toilets that will be open throughout the night. Visit these when the fireworks are coming, and the seal is well and truly broken.

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Public bathrooms open on NYE


Cumberland Street, the Rocks

The Sydney NYE fireworks is a beautiful display to watch from the Rocks. If you find yourself needing a quick break, the nearest toilet is Cumberland Street – and you can probably still see the pyrotechnics on your way back.


Alfred Street, Circular Quay

Don’t let the magic of watching the water light up with sparkles be ruined by your pressing bladder. Head to Circular Quay’s public toilet on Alfred Street. It's an automated facility, so you don't have to find a member of staff to open it. 


Lang Park – Grosvenor Street, Sydney

If the party leads to Grosvenor Street but you need a small pit stop, the fully accessible Lang Park public toilet is the one for you.


Wynyard Park – York Street, Sydn

Wynyard Train Station opening times are variable, so your best bet for a fully accessible convenience in this part of the CBD is the Wynyard Park public toilet, which is an automated facility. 


Mrs Macquarie's Road 1, Sydney

This is arguably the best spot to watch the fireworks, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House forming a picturesque backdrop against the water. The Botanic Gardens will no doubt be a popular destination this NYE – but it’s a big area and not all toilets are open all night. You can find the closest 24-hour toilet on Mrs Macquarie's Road.


Hyde Park (multiple locations), Sydney

Hyde Park boasts five accessible public toilets to choose from, so wherever you are in the park you won’t be far from a bathroom. Hyde Park North 1 is very practically located right next to Hyde Park North 2, both on St James Road and both open all night. A little to the left you’ll also find the Elizabeth Street public toilet, and further down on the left corner is Hyde Park North, and Hyde Park North 3, located on College Street corner. And if the four places to pee in Hyde Park weren't enough, the South part also has an open public toilet, conveniently placed right next to Museum Station so you can head off to the next party quickly afterwards. There's also St James Train Station's toilet, which is open 24hrs, and another one at Museum Train Station. 


Town Hall Train Station – George Street, Sydney

George Street will undoubtably be buzzing on New Year’s Eve, but if you can’t sneak your way into a venue to use the bathrooms, then stick to Town Hall Train Station, which will be open throughout the night. You simply need to ask for a key from staff on the night.


Bourke St Park – 103 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo

Avoid the queue for the toilet at Mrs Macquarie's Road by crossing William Street and heading towards the fully accessible public toilet at Bourke Street Park. If you’re heading out of the gardens, this will be more practical and probably less crowded.


Walla Mulla Park – Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo

If you’re crossing over from the Botanic Gardens towards Kings Cross station, Wulla Mulla Park has a public toilet for times of need. It's located in the reserve underneath the viaduct. 


Coles Express Woolloomooloo – 57 Cowper Wharf Roadway & Cnr Dowling St, Woolloomooloo

How wonderful of Coles Express to be open and provide us with a toilet. And how convenient that it’s located right in the Finger Wharf of Woolloomooloo Bay.

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