How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney 2014

As the (GMT+ 11hrs) clock ticks over from 11:59 to 12:00, Sydney will be one of the first cities to bring in the 2015 New Year. If history is anything to go by, this event is set to be one of the most spectacular celebrations across the globe!

It’s certainly hard to beat an illuminated Sydney Harbour, 30 degree temperatures and majestic gold rain fireworks falling from the Harbour Bridge…

Sydney NYE at-a-glance

Sydney NYE Fireworks

  • Sydney Harbour fireworks are free (though some viewing points are paid-for ticketed)
  • 7 tonnes of fireworks are sent up on the night
  • The party goes on until 5am
  • 1.6 million viewers watch the fireworks from a whole host of vantage points around the city, 2.3 million watch from home across Australia and one billion worldwide
  • An earlier ‘family fireworks’ show runs from 9.00-9.08 pm
  • Many roads are closed in preparation for the fireworks; extra public transport services run into the night instead
  • This year’s theme is ‘inspire’

NYE fireworks and street parties

Sydney Harbour: Watching the fireworks over Sydney Harbour is a requisite on New Year’s. Luckily for budget seekers, it also happens to be the most financially viable option, entailing none of those pesky entry fees that bars, clubs and restaurants so love to demand.

Sydney Harbour Fireworks

Dudley Page Reserve: Pack a picnic and watch the Sydney fireworks at Dudley Page Reserve in Dover Heights. There will be food stalls, a licensed bar (strictly no BYO), free kids rides, performers and laid-back entertainment for all.

  • Where: Military Road, Dover Height, New South Wales, 2030
  • When: 6.00pm-12.30am
  • Cost: Adults $35, Concessions $15 | Book now

Harbour of Light Parade: Couples can get all loved up at the beautiful light parade, featuring more than 50 illuminated boats in a rhythmic dance of Sydney Harbour. Then, as the clock hands strike twelve, lean in for a midnight kiss as fireworks light up the sky for exactly 12 minutes – one for every month of the year.

  • Where: Sydney Harbour
  • When:  9:10pm approx. (following 9pm fireworks)
  • Cost: Free | More info

Nielsen Park, Steele Point Rd, Vaucluse: With tickets limited to 500, Nielsen Park should be significantly less crowded than any mid-city alternative. Remember to bring your own food and champagne though.

  • Where: Nielsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
  • When: 5.30pm-12.30am
  • Cost: Adults $30, Child $15 | Book now

Strickland House Lawns, Vaucluse: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney at one of the most popular viewpoints on Sydney Harbour – from the grounds of historic Strickland House. Get in fast as only 1000 tickets are available.

  • Where: Steele Point Road at Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, 2030
  • When: 6pm-12.30am
  • Cost: Adults $30, Children (5-15yrs) $15, Infants (0-4) free | Book now 

The best Sydney clubs for NYE

While the famous firework show may finish by 12.50am, the party is only just getting started for many Sydney revellers! See the hottest Sydney Nightclubs below…

Jackson on George, Sydney

Jacksons on George: With four floors, five bars and multiple guest DJs, Jacksons on George in Sydney CBD rocks NYE in style. Last year they gave passouts to the Circular Quay Fireworks, so you can secure you perch before they start, and there was a selection of free canapés from 6-8pm.

176 George St, Sydney | More Info

Sweeney's Roof Top Sydney

Hotel Sweeney’s: It’s not a club, it’s a bar/restaurant across four floors – but it still manages to put on some of the best NYE parties in Sydney year after year. There will be live DJs on the top two two levels, a barbeque and live fireworks viewed from the rooftop bar.

236 Clarence St, Sydney | More info 

Waves Sydney

Towradgi Beach Hotel: Playing fairly big time names like Yolanda, Van She DJs and Cassian, this is sure to be a raucous party, playing from 9pm all the way through to 3am.

170 Pioneer Road, Towradgi | More info

The World Bar Sydney

The World Bar: If you like your bars arty and your music more of the indie persuasion, then the place to hit up this NYE is The World Bar in King’s Cross. No definite plans set in stone yet, but it’ll no doubt be worth checking out.

24 Bayswater Road | More info

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

The Oxford Art Factory: Another great venue for the more alternative of you. The Oxford Art factory puts on regular live music and more alternative club nights, and New Year’s Eve will surely be no different (or more than likely a whole lot more awesome). Again, no NYE plans as of yet, but when there are announced, they’ll no doubt be sweet.

36-46 Oxford Street | More info

Book NYE accommodation

While youth hostels in Sydney are typically available on every street corner, the night of New Years Eve is a different story altogether. In fact, you will find the majority of accommodation is already fully booked for 31st  December… and, if they aren’t, prices will no doubt be significantly higher. Get in the early if you want to book.

Fancy joining the party in Sydney over the New Year? Book yourself a hostel in Sydney now.

Sydney NYE public transport

As many roads are closed for NYE, additional train services will be put on. Ferry services from Circular Quay will close early. Check out the journey planner to buy transport tickets in advance.

Have any top tips for New Year’s Eve in Sydney? Share them in the comments…

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Thanks to Christopher Chan, Sarah_Ackerman and  雷米 杜 for the images off flickr. Please note all images were used under the creative commons license at the time of posting.

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