When it comes to New Year’s Eve fireworks, few places do it better than Sydney. Come the stroke of midnight (as well as at an earlier viewing for little ones), you’ll be able to see the Harbour Bridge light up in a spectacular display. Looking for the perfect spot to watch the fireworks? We’ve put together our top picks of the best places to get a great view.
Popular with tourists and locals alike, Circular Quay is one of the best places to view Sydney’s New Year’s fireworks. If you decide to head west towards The Rocks, you’ll have a great vantage point of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Alternatively, you can also head down the east towards the Sydney Opera House. Be warned though, it’s also pretty crowded here!
Blues Point Reserve
Just over the bridge in McMahon’s Point, Blues Point Reserve lies on the edge of the water and provides a spectacular view of the Harbour Bridge. Food and drinks are available for sale all night, but we recommend packing a picnic basket and getting there early to nab a spot as the site reaches capacity very quickly.
One of Sydney’s best-kept secret firework spots, Sydney Park is a beautiful location that provides 360° views of all the fireworks. Grab a picnic blanket and some snacks before heading to the top of the main hill. You’ll not only be able to see the fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but also the displays that light up across the CBD.
Observatory Hill Park
If you’re looking for a central location that feels like a lush oasis, Observatory Hill Park is the ideal choice. Just a short walk from Wynyard and Circular Quay train stations, the view from the summit is guaranteed to take your breath away. Couple this with a leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens beforehand for the perfect day out.
If you want the best views of the Harbour Bridge when it lights up, then Bradfield Park is where you want to head for New Year’s Eve. Popular with both families and groups, this spot right under the bridge opens from 8am. This spot tends to fill up quickly (for obvious reasons), so if you’re out of luck, head over to Mary’s Booth Reserve in Kirribilli for some stunning viewpoints.