Best spots to watch the fireworks this New Year’s Eve


Fireworks and New Year’s Eve go hand in hand… and yes, it CAN be done with kids! There are lots of family-friendly vantage points around Sydney Harbour where you can watch the 9pm family fireworks. Otherwise, there are some great local events happening on the North Shore, Northern Beaches, Parramatta or on the Central Coast. Here is a list of the best spots to take your children to see the fireworks display this New Year’s Eve (all are free, unless otherwise stated).


Best vantage points to watch the Sydney Harbour fireworks

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

Bradfield-ParkBradfield Park is a popular site for families to enjoy the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The park offers spectacular views from the eastern side of the Bridge.

There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

Blues Point Reserve, North Sydney

Blues Point ReserveBlues Point Reserve features incredible views of the city and is a great spot to celebrate the New Year. However, it is a highly congested site.

There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

Mary Booth Reserve, Kirribilli

nye-mary-booth-reserveMary Booth Reserve is a small elevated reserve with fantastic views of Harbour bridge and Opera House. Again, this is another very busy spot. There are toilets but there is no food or drinks for sale at this location. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

Athol Lawn at Bradleys Head, Mosman 

Athol Hall Bradleys Head Amphitheatre International Fleet Review celebrationsAthol Lawn at Bradleys Head is a great family-friendly spot to watch the Sydney Harbour fireworks. Roll out a blanket, bring your own picnic or pre-purchase a gourmet hamper and pick it up on the night. There are only partial views of the fireworks, but a great atmosphere!

Bradleys Head is an alcohol and glass free zone for NYE. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

The Mast precinct at Bradleys Head, Mosman 

Bradleys Head Mast precinct is a beautiful bushland area. With harbour views of the city, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy the Sydney fireworks. There’ll also be live music and food outlets.

To get to Bradleys Head on New Year’s Eve you will need to walk from the Taronga Zoo bus stop and ferry wharf. All visitors to Bradleys Head are required to leave the park at the end of the midnight fireworks. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

Cremorne Point Reserve, Cremorne Point

Cremorne-PointCremorne Point Reserve is a family-friendly spot with views of the eastern side of Sydney Harbour. It does become congested later in the day, so get there early to secure your spot. Offers some views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, some partial views due to trees. There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available. Limited bus access after road closures, limited ferry service.

Balls Head Point Reserve, Waverton

nye-balls-head-wavertonBalls Head Point Reserve has restricted views of the Harbour Bridge and has steep embankments. There are toilets available but no food or drink will be on sale.

Carradah Park, Waverton

nys-carradah-park-wavertonA local park in Waverton with partial views of the fireworks.

There are toilets available but no food or drinks will be on sale. Pack a picnic!

Manns Point, Greenwich

nye-manns-pointA family-friendly site with views over Darling Harbour and Barangaroo. Obstructed views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich

nye-clarkes-point-reserveA perfect vantage point to watch the new year in with friends and family. Bring a picnic.

The Amphitheatre at Bradleys Head, Mosman (SOLD OUT)

nye-the-amphitheatre-bradleys-headThe Amphitheatre at Bradleys Head is a ticketed event with prime views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

  • Address: The Amphitheatre at Bradleys Head
  • Opens: 3pm
  • Tickets: Tickets have sold out for 2017, but keep it in mind for 2018 and book early!
  • For more information 

Taronga Zoo, Mosman (SOLD OUT)

nye-taronga-zooTaronga Zoo has magnificent views of Sydney Harbour and you can enjoy the fireworks amongst all the squawks of the night time zoo creatures. You can bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks onsite.

  • Address: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
  • Opens: 31 December, 3.30pm
  • Tickets: Tickets have sold out for 2017, but keep it in mind for 2018 and book early!
  • For more information

City

Sydney Opera House

nye-sydney-opera-houseA popular vantage point for up to 7000 people. No BYO alcohol. There is food and drinks available for sale.

West Circular Quay 

West-Circular-QuayWest Circular Quay is a very popular spot to watch the fireworks so viewing areas of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House get congested, however there are non-viewing areas available and you can move freely to toilets, food and exits.

There are toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase. Public transport is highly recommended as there is no parking available.

Mrs Macquaries Chair

nye-mrs-macquaries-chairFantastic views of the fireworks for up to 16,000 people. A free site that reaches capacity late in the afternoon. No BYO alcohol. There is food and drinks available for sale

  • Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Botanical Gardens
  • Opens: 31 December, 10am
  • Further information

Midnight at the Oasis (SOLD OUT)

nye-midnight-at-the-oasisThis is the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience. Celebrate in style at this premium event with incredible harbour views, live music, and a 3-course meal from your reserved table. You’ll soon discover why Sydney has been hailed the New Year’s Eve Capital of the World. 18+ only.

  • Address: Fleet Steps South, Mrs Macquaries Point, The Domain
  • Opens: 31 December, 6.30pm
  • Tickets: Tickets have sold out for 2017, but keep it in mind for 2018 and book early!
  • Further information

Darling Harbour

nye-darling-harbourFrom 7pm, see the flame and light show every hour (7pm, 8pm, 10pm, 11pm) and enjoy the party atmosphere before fireworks ignite the sky at 9pm and midnight. This is a family friendly environment and areas around the bay may get congested for the shows.

Barangaroo (SOLD OUT)

nye-barangarooBarangaroo has sold out for 2017 but you can sign up to their newsletter for pre-sale information for 2018.

  • Address: Barangaroo
  • Tickets: Tickets have sold out for 2017, but keep it in mind for 2018 and book early!
  • Further information

Cahill Expressway (BALLOT CLOSED)

nye-cahill-expresswayThe Cahill Expressway is one of Sydney’s best free vantage points, above Circular Quay. Every year you have the opportunity to win one of more than 6,000 tickets to either the 9pm or midnight fireworks on the Cahill Express. Unfortunately this years NYE Ballot has already ended but visit the Roads and Maritime Services website next year to go into the draw!

Local NYE firework displays

Asquith Golf Club, Mt Colah

Asquith Golf ClubAsquith Golf Club is hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 6pm so bring your friends and enjoy a delicious special menu, music and fireworks! The fireworks display starts at 8.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Manly Cove, Manly

ManlyCoveHead to Manly this New Year’s Eve for an alcohol-free, family-friendly entertainment program along Manly Cove. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the roving entertainment from 5.30pm, followed by a fireworks display over Manly Wharf from 9pm.

There are public toilets, as well as food and drink available for purchase.

Dee Why Beach, Dee Why 

deewhyFor an easy, family-friendly New Year’s Eve, head to Dee Why! Bring a picnic or enjoy dinner and drinks at the many restaurants along The Strand (be sure to book!), which will be closed to traffic from 4-10pm. The fireworks will begin at 9pm and are launched from a barge off Dee Why Beach.

Alcohol will be prohibited on both the beach and the reserve to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere. Public transport is recommended.

Rowland Reserve, Bayview

RowlandReserveCelebrate New Year’s Eve with family, friends and picnics at the Fireworks Spectacular at Rowland Reserve. There will be a fireworks display at 9pm and 12pm. Rowland Reserve is an Alcohol Prohibited Zone on New Year’s Eve.

Parramatta Park, Parramatta

nye-parramatta-parkBring your picnic rug to this event’s new home in Parramatta Park and settle in for an evening of family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta hosts one of Sydney’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations. Enjoy live music and family entertainment on The Crescent stage. Take a spin on the amusement rides and grab a tasty treat from one of the many food vendors. Then at 9pm experience light and colour for Parramatta’s largest fireworks spectacular across three firing zones! Public transport is the best way to travel to the event. Visit the website for the full program and transport details.

  • Address: Cnr Pitt and Macquarie Streets, Parramatta
  • Time: 31 December, 4.00pm – 9.15pm
  • For more information

The Entrance, Central Coast

nye-the-entranceWelcome in the New Year or celebrate the end of the year with your friends and family at The Entrance family orientated New Year’s Eve event.

Entertainment starts at 4.30pm on the Sails Stage and kicks off in Memorial Park at 6pm finishing the program with a fantastic fireworks display over The Entrance Channel at 9pm. Amusement rides and stalls will be available for extra fun in the park.

So many options! Will you be taking your children to see the fireworks this NYE? Where will you be heading?


1 Comment

  1. Heidi

    January 2, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Central Coast was great 🙂

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