Plan your visit and make the most of these vantage spots across the harbour city
New Year’s Eve fireworks display forms an integral part of the festivities in welcoming the new year. And Sydney has continuously ranked as one of the most spectacular places in the world to witness the dazzling New Year’s fireworks display.
The world-famous fireworks show will once again light up locations across the city and revellers and visitors are surely guaranteed a sensational experience. If you’re heading down under to celebrate the start of 2017, here are a few suggestions of the best vantage points to welcome the new year and soak in that amazing fireworks display.
East Circular Quay covers the strip of promenade between Circular Quay Station and The Sydney Opera House, and is always a popular viewing spot for all the action on the Harbour. Visitors will get good views of most areas of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour. For those wanting to be close to the Sydney Opera House, arrive early to nab the best seat in the house. The Sydney Opera House is always one of the first vantage points to reach capacity on New Year's Eve, but is also one of the best views in town.
Sydney New Year's Eve at Darling Harbour will offer visitors a program full of free entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, with Cockle Bay set to be one of the most exciting locations to ring in 2017. From 7pm, see a spectacular light and fire show, and enjoy the party atmosphere before fireworks ignite the sky at 9pm and again at midnight. Darling Harbour is a great option for families but will fill up quickly so get down early to secure a spot on the foreshore.
MRS MACQUARIES POINT (ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS)
If you would like a family-friendly, grassy vantage point with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline, you can't go past Mrs Macquaries Point in the Domain. This area is a non-ticketed public viewing area; however there is a gold coin donation if you would like to enter. This site will have food and licensed beverage vendors available, with visitors also welcome to pack a picnic.
Blues Point Reserve is a fantastic location to catch all the New Year's Eve action. Head to this location early in the day to grab a spot to see the western façade of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skies above light up. This site fills up fairly quickly due to being one of the best vantage points in Sydney, so get down early to secure your spot.