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Known for golden beaches, a breathtaking harbour, sandy coves, iconic landmarks and an impressive city skyline, Sydney boasts a world-famous New Year’s Eve celebration. With so many incredible vantage points, restaurants, bars and events to choose from, we’ve picked out four places to see the fireworks that are sure to start off your New Year with a bang.
Four Amazing Places in Sydney to See the Fireworks this New Years Eve
1. On a boat.
What better way to capitalise on Sydney’s dream geography than to experience the festivities on the harbour itself?
On the water, cheerful banter is tossed between yachts and a joyous energy ripples through the harbour. Treat yourself to drinks and cheese platters with the backdrop of an unforgettable sunset. When it gets dark, and the ocean glasses over, watch a magnificent display of fireworks mirrored on black water.
If you’re celebrating on a private vessel, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, the skipper must remain sober. Yellow lit buoys mark a no authorisation traffic zone. Arriving early in the afternoon is preferable to reserve prime anchorage. A 6-knot minimum wash speed limit applies from 3pm on New Year’s Eve until 2am on New Year’s Day. Safety messages will be broadcast on marine radio band 27.88 and VHF channels 17 and 13.
Alternatively, a number of boats are available for charter, in which case, a paid skipper will run the show. All you have to do is pop the champagne and enjoy the view!
2. Shark Island.
This year, Shark Island is hosting a Caribbean-themed party, which is sure to be a colourful event. Shark Island is a vantage point with impressive views of the harbour and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak up the island vibes while listening to music by Triple j’s much-loved LUEN. The island is NO BYO, but drinks will be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Alternatively, you can buy delicious food, ranging from mezze plates and fried and jerk chicken, by Sydney eateries Butter and Thievery. Ferry tickets are included in your event ticket. Head to http://moshtix.com.au to purchase your ticket and you can start dreaming of Caribbean cocktails and Island beats.
3. Opera Bar.
Recognised internationally, the Sydney Opera House is an architectural feat and a New Year’s Eve location that’s hard to beat. Situated under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sparkling skyscrapers, the Opera House offers visitors front row seats for the fireworks. There is a reserved area on the steps that operates on a first in best-dressed basis. Although free, guests must register. This vantage point fills up very quickly so it’s recommended getting there early in the day.
Alternatively, you can purchase a ticket to Opera Bar’s iconic Summer Party. Dressing in your glamour beach best, a ticket will provide you with VIP access to the Opera House, non-stop live entertainment and a 5-hour canapé package. Tickets are available here - https://operabar.iwannaticket.com.au/event/nye-2016-endless-summer-MTE3NjM
4. The Newport.
A fun and exciting alternative to the Harbour festivities is to enjoy fireworks over Pittwater from the balcony of The Newport. Recently refurbished, The Newport’s rejuvenated bars, dining areas and idyllic gardens make for a trendy, contemporary setting, while still maintaining the Northern Beaches’ famous relaxed vibe.
Access to The Newport is free and with a number of exciting bars and delicious dining areas to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Sophie Hardcastle is a twenty-two-year-old author and artist based in Sydney. Sophie has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Her memoir Running like China was released in September 2015, and her debut novel, Breathing Under Water was released in July 2016. Hachette publishes both of Sophie’s books. In addition to her books, Sophie has written for various magazine publications, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Surfing World and has also written for theatre.