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Best spots to see fireworks in Sydney on NYE

Posted 30 December 2016
Not only is Sydney one of the first cities in the world to welcome in the New Year, it also puts on one of the most spectacular NYE celebrations.

The fireworks over Sydney Harbour are legendary. With more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects, 10,000 aerial fireworks and 25,000 shooting comets at the ready to ring in the New Year, the event always promises to be spectacular. 

If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating New Year in Sydney, you’ll want to get down to one of these great spots to bag the best view. And if you’re not Down Under for this coming NYE, now’s the time to book for next year

Here are our top firework hotspots:

Campbells Cove

View from The Rocks

Just east of The Rocks this quay-side vantage point offers the ultimate view of the fireworks and is totally free, but can get crowded so arrive early to secure a spot - one that's ideally in the shade.

Pick up some food and drink nearby, or pack your own picnic and sit tight for an incredible show. 

Best for: those on a budget

Time: 8am to 2am 

Family friendly: yes 

Entry: free

Address: Campbells Cove, Hickson Road, Sydney, 2000

Sydney Opera House

This popular vantage point allows you to marvel at the city’s most iconic building before, during and after the display. 

A full day event, this experience lets you start the celebrations early and keeps them going till late.

Best for: those after the most iconic experience

Time: 7.30am to 2am 

Family friendly: yes, perfect for all ages 

Entry: free

Address: Bennelong Point, Circular Quay, Sydney, 2000

Goat Island 

View from Goat Island

Located between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Balmain, Goat Island is a fantastic place to watch the display. 

There’s no food or drink on sale so be sure to bring a picnic. Leave the booze at home though; this is a no alcohol event.

Best for: adults looking for a laid-back approach to the celebrations

Time: 6pm to 12.30am 

Family friendly: not recommended for families

Entry: ticketed - buy in advance

Address: Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park, Sydney, 2000 

Lawn with the View

This legendary NYE event is held on Bennelong Lawn with front-row seats to the Sydney Opera House. 

Suitable for the whole family, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted waterfront views to the spectacular show and with a gourmet picnic hamper provided, all you'll need to bring is a rug. 

Best for: the quintessential Aussie experience 

Time: 7pm to 12.30am

Family friendly: yes

Entry: ticketed - buy in advance

Address: Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden, Tarpeian Way, Sydney, 2000 

The Point 

View from Mrs Macquaries Chair

This festival-style garden party is full of young NYE revellers up for a good time. 

Here, the fireworks are only part of the show. With a street-market vibe, enjoy a tasty feast from one of the many food stalls, grab a drink from the bar and hit the dancefloor. This is THE party of the year, don’t miss it! 

Best for: those looking to let their hair down 

Time: 6pm to 1am 

Family friendly: no, this is an 18+ event 

Entry: ticketed - buy in advance as tickets sell fast!

Address: Fleet Steps North, Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, 2000

Have we convinced you that Sydney is the place to be this NYE?

With all these amazing firework spots, you’re sure to find the venue that suits you. Just remember to get in quick for tickets, and get there early to set up camp for the big show.

Oh, and don’t forget to share your amazing firework photos with us on Facebook.