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Where to see Sydney NYE fireworks (Free)

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GoNSW ·2 years ago
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If you are heading out to celebrate the New Year 2020, check out this list of free (non-ticketed) places to watch the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.

For the full list of vantage points (including ticketed areas) and events through out the night, visit official website at https://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

Cover photo credit: Destination NSW

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East Circular Quay

A strip of promenade between Alfred Street and Sydney Opera House. Limited views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour. No views of the Sydney Opera House.

Opening times: 10am – 1am

Restrictions: No byo food, no glass, no camping, no sunshades, no portable chairs, no pets, no busking. Further restrictions apply.

East Circular Quay

Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.6 rating

Sydney Opera House

A popular vantage point that reaches capacity early in the day. So make sure you line up early

Opening times: 7.30am – 1.30am

Restrictions: No glass, no camping, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking. Further restrictions apply.

Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.7 rating

Mrs Macquarie Chair

Public viewing areas on New Year’s Eve with fantastic views of the fireworks display. The location is popular and becomes highly congested.

Opening times: 10am – 12.30am

Restrictions: No glass, no camping, no sunshades, no portable chairs, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Austra...
4.6 rating

West Circular Quay

The site includes west Circular Quay promenade, First Fleet Park, Museum of Contemporary Art podium and Tallawoladah lawn areas. Limited views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Opening times: 10am – 1am

Restrictions: No glass, no camping, no sunshades, no portable chairs, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking. Further restrictions apply.

First Fleet Park

The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
4.4 rating

Dawes Point

Located under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bradfield Highway on the southern side of the harbour. Offers a mix of good and limited fireworks views. Viewing areas can get congested during the evening.

Restrictions: Partial fireworks views, no glass, no camping, no sunshades, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking. Further restrictions apply.

Opening times: 12.30pm – 1am

Dawes Point Reserve

Dawes Point NSW 2000, Australia
4.9 rating

Observatory Hill Park

Close proximity to the fireworks and a good view of western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Steep grassy terrain is available to sit on. Large trees in the park can block views.

Opening times: 12pm – 12.30am

Restrictions: Partial fireworks views, no glass, no camping, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking.

Observatory Hill Park

1001 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW 2000, A...
4.7 rating

Rushcutters Bay Park

Large open foreshore location with limited views of the city. No views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 12pm – 12.30am

Rushcutters Bay Park

New South Head Rd, Darling Point NSW 2027, Au...
4.6 rating

Duff Reserve

Very small foreshore location with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and parts of the city.

Opening times: 12pm – 1am

Duff Reserve

Wolseley Rd, Point Piper NSW 2027, Australia
4.3 rating

Dumaresq Reserve

Foreshore location with distant views of the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 3pm – 1.30am

Dumaresq Reserve

Dumaresq Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029, Australia
4.4 rating

Cremorne Point

Offers views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from a distance. Views may be partially blocked by trees. Cremorne Point is free and open to the public. Limited bus and ferry options.

Opening times: 1pm - 1am

Restrictions: Partial fireworks views, no glass, no camping, sunshades must be taken down at sunset, no busking.

Cremorne Point

Cremorne Point NSW 2090, Australia

Darling Harbour

Celebrate Sydney New Year’s Eve at Darling Harbour with free 9pm and midnight fireworks at Cockle Bay. Darling Harbour is the family friendly place to ring in the new year.

Opening times: 1pm - 1.30am

Restrictions: No glass, no camping, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking. Further restrictions apply.

Darling Harbour

Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.6 rating

Pirrama Park

Recommended as an accessible and family friendly site as it doesn’t get crowded. Great views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and harbour. Picnics welcome.

Opening times: 2pm - 1am

Restrictions: Partial fireworks views, no glass, no camping, no pets, no busking.

Pirrama Park

Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
4.5 rating

Illoura Reserve

A very popular site with good views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 8am – 1.30am

Illoura Reserve

10/20 Weston St, Balmain East NSW 2041, Austr...
4.6 rating

Thornton Park

A very popular site that becomes congested. Excellent views of the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 3.30pm – 1.30am

Thornton Park

1 Darling St, Balmain East NSW 2041, Australi...
4.5 rating

Lookes Avenue Reserve

A small local park with good views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 8am – 1.30am

Lookes Avenue Reserve

8 Lookes Ave, Balmain East NSW 2041, Australi...
4.7 rating

Simmons Point

A small local park with views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 10am – 1.30am

Please note there is no toilet available at this site

Simmons Point Reserve

Balmain East NSW 2041, Australia
4.0 rating

Yurulbin Park

A popular park with views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Opening times: 8am – 1.30am

Yurulbin Park

125 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove NSW 2041, Australia
4.5 rating

Manly Cove

Escape the inner-city madness and enjoy a family friendly evening. Families will take over East and West Esplanades and watch the sun set on the last day of the year. Festivities close with 9pm fireworks. Smoke-free event.

Opening times: 5pm – 9pm

Manly Cove

Manly Cove, New South Wales 2093, Australia
4.5 rating
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