Where to see Sydney NYE fireworks (Free)

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/

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Where to see Sydney NYE fireworks (Free)

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
East Circular Quay
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

First Fleet Park

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
First Fleet Park
The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

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
Illoura Reserve
10/20 Weston St, Balmain East NSW 2041, Australia

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
Thornton Park
1 Darling St, Balmain East NSW 2041, Australia

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
Manly Cove, New South Wales 2093, Australia

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
Observatory Hill Park
1001 Upper Fort St, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia

Yurulbin Park

A popular park with views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Opening times: 8am – 1.30am

Yurulbin Park
Yurulbin Park
125 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove NSW 2041, Australia

Simmons Point Reserve

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
Simmons Point Reserve
Balmain East NSW 2041, Australia

Dawes Point Reserve

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 Reserve
Dawes Point NSW 2000, Australia

Mrs Macquarie's 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
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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
Rushcutters Bay Park
New South Head Rd, Darling Point NSW 2027, Australia

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
Cremorne Point NSW 2090, Australia

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
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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 Park
Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

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
Lookes Avenue Reserve
8 Lookes Ave, Balmain East NSW 2041, Australia

Duff Reserve

Very small foreshore location with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and parts of the city. Opening times: 12pm – 1am

Duff Reserve
Duff Reserve
Wolseley Rd, Point Piper NSW 2027, Australia

Dumaresq Reserve

Foreshore location with distant views of the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Opening times: 3pm – 1.30am

Dumaresq Reserve
Dumaresq Reserve
Dumaresq Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029, 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
Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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