The best places to see fireworks this New Year’s Eve

The biggest event of the year, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is one of the grandest in the world. Here’s your guide to getting the best view.

By Benjamen Judd

There is no better place to celebrate the New Year than Sydney. From the harbour setting to wonderful events that the city hosts on the night itself, Sydney is ground zero for new beginnings. 

One of the most famous parts of this night is the midnight fireworks. The 12-minute display features a huge range of pyrotechnic effects from 7 barges in the harbour and firing points from across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  

Finding a good vantage point is part of the fun, but to make it a little easier we’ve compiled a list of the five top spots to see the festivities.

Circular Quay 

This one kind of goes without saying – it’s the beating heart of the entire night where all the action takes place right in front of you. Live performances at the Opera House throughout the night add some additional entertainment between pyrotechnics. The only drawback: the crowd will be huge. 

Barangaroo 

The new jewel in Sydney’s night life, Barangaroo will have unbeatable views of the fireworks including those happening water-level. Still crowded, although not to the level of Circular Quay. You can also bring your own food and drinks here. 

Rushcutters Park, Elizabeth Bay 

A hidden gem loved by locals, Rushcutters Park in Elizabeth Bay is a wonderful spot to bring in the New Year – views of the fireworks but without the pressing number of people and a far more laid-back setting. A favourite of familes. 

Bradfield Park, Milson’s Point

Located in North Sydney, Milson’s Point is directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, offering views from the eastern and western side. A great spot to take the kids, food and drink allowed.

 

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