New Year's Eve - Things to do - Fireworks Vantage Points

The Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks are an incredible spectacle watched by 1 billion people around the globe¹ and 1.6 million people from vantage points all around the Harbour. There are 2 fireworks displays, one at 9pm and another at midnight, catering for everyone including families with children.

The program has a number of events lined up for the night including Aerial acrobats, A Fire Tug Water Display, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Smoking Ceremony, projections from the north and south pylons of the Bridge, the Harbour of Light Parade and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect which will be displaying beautiful images that reflect the year’s theme , visible until 5am.

For all vantage spots around the Harbour, it is best to get there early on the day and set yourself up, as there will be crowds of people also wanting to get a good spot.

Here are some of the vantage points to catch the pyrotechnic action this New Year’s Eve:

Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Otherwise known as Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, this spot is near the Royal Botanic Gardens; the closest station being Circular Quay and it is a 20 minute walk past the Opera House. With amazing views of the Harbour, you will need to get there early to find a spot in this beautiful park.

The Rocks

This will be a free site on Hickson Road and George St. The Rocks will be busy on New Year’s Eve, and if you’re heading here it’s best to grab a spot during the early afternoon. The closest station to here is Circular Quay.

Sydney Opera House

This site will be free but will fill up quickly, as it has a small capacity of just 4,200. Get down early in the day to secure your vantage point.


In Manly there will be good vantage spots from the East and West Esplanades incorporating both sides of Manly Wharf. This will be a much more relaxed family atmosphere than the city locations, but will also become full in the late afternoon. The last ferry will leave from Circular Quay for Manly at around 6pm, with the ferries starting to run again from 12.30am.

North Head

This small spot is just near Manly and is a great area to set up a picnic and watch the fireworks over the city. On the northern edge of the city, this spot will only allow a small number of people (400) to set up so if you are heading here, get down early (the earlier the better).

Cremorne Point Reserve

This spot is on the north side, with buses being able to access via Military Rd. There will be some road closures in this area, and this spot is more than likely to get full early in the day.

Pyrmont Bay Park

Tucked in between Darling Harbour and The Star Casino, the park will have some views of the Harbour and fireworks. It may be easier at this site than most others in the city to secure a spot, as it’s not expected to fill up too quickly.

Watsons Bay – Robertson Park

This spot is right on the tip of the Harbour headland and has a small capacity, which is likely not to be full. A beautiful spot, this is right near Vaucluse and Rose Bay. You should note that to get to this location, you will need to completely rely on public transport; there will not be parking available here. Closest train station is Edgecliff or you can also get a ferry to Watson Bay Ferry Wharf.

It’s going to be an amazing and explosive end of 2013 and start to 2014 in Sydney this December. For more information about good vantage points and other entertainment organised for New Year’s Eve, check out  If you’re thinking of getting away over the holidays, we’ve got recommendations of nine great locations for camping and caravanning in Australia with a family.
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