Being so close to the bottom of the Earth, Sydney is one of the first places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve!

Sydney spends the whole year preparing for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Just like hot cross buns are out on Boxing Day, Sydneysiders are planning New Year’s Eve on January 2nd.

Okay, that’s a lie. In fact, the planning for the show starts 15 months before New Year’s Eve. That’s right, before the previous year’s fireworks have gone off, they’re planning the next.

New Year’s Eve brings millions of people to Sydney to watch their spectacular fireworks show. Truly one of the most amazing fireworks shows in the world, it simply gets better and better each year.

What to do New Year’s Eve

The traditional and largest display of fireworks are at always at midnight. However,  for little ones who might not make it to midnight there is a family friendly show at 9pm. Throughout the night there is plenty to see on the harbour. Events include Indigenous performances, projections onto the Harbour Bridge pylons, and the always joyous Harbour of Light Parade.

Around the harbour there are hundreds of New Year’s Eve parties, each boasting incredible views of the festivities. Parties range from family friendly events to luxury extravaganzas. Some of these parties book out years in advance. Don’t stress though, there are many parties that still have tickets available! There is an event to suit any budget and vibe, from lush 3 course meals to major fundraising events. For those looking for something extra special, jump aboard a party boat and bring in the New Year on the harbour, it’s truly unforgettable.

If you’re not after that party vibe, choose instead to watch the fireworks from one of the free viewing areas. Be prepared though, as over a million people flock into Sydney you’ll need to get there early to secure your spot. Most areas open to the public at 8am and families can be see together enjoying a day. Many play in the sun and enjoy picnics in the lead up to the nights main event.

Tips for the best night

Before heading out on New Year’s Eve ready for the fireworks, there are a few tips we’d like to leave you with;

  • Be prepared and arrive early. Bring with you something to sit on, rain jackets, sun protection, water bottles and food for the day
  • Be ready to spend some cash. Captive audiences mean that food and drink trucks will have their prices spiked
  • Bring something to keep you entertained. You’ve got a long day ahead of you, bring a pack of cards or a book
  • Be patient. You’re trying to leave at the same time as everyone else so don’t rush and take your time
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  • Don’t expect to get a taxi. With so many people flooding the CBD and many road closures, public transport and walking are your best transport options

Can’t make it to Sydney this year? That doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the celebrations. The fireworks are broadcast live every year, so no matter where you are you can watch them! The spectacular event is not to be missed, no matter where in the world you may be.

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