Sydney Fireworks

Where's the best place to watch the display?

It’s the largest firework display in the world - with more than 1.5 million people heading to Sydney Harbour to get a glimpse of the dazzling display that is on offer this New Year’s Eve!


But the question is… where can you get best view?


The majority of firework watchers hit the nearby Botanical Gardens. But due to the crowds, the only chance of getting a good spot would mean heading to the gardens in the morning of New Year’s Eve and camping out in the sun all day – so if this is your plan, make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen.


Some boat cruises are available on the night, they usually retail from $150 and you’ll need to book in advance. Other watchers also head north of the harbour toLuna Park and Milson’s Point for a different view of the firework show.


But if you don’t fancy camping out all day or spending so much on a boat cruise, then I suggest heading to Rushcutters Bay, which isn’t far from Edgecliffe Station.


Here there are amenities available and many sausage sizzles and other foods available on sale, as well as alcohol. It isn’t too over crowded, and last year I headed down in the evening, so I didn’t need to secure my spot all day.


Before the midnight show, there are the 9PM Family Fireworks, and after this 52 illuminated boats will take to the water.


At the stroke of midnight the night sky will be lit up in an array of colours, theSydney Harbour Bridge usually transforms into a sparkling firework wonder. Rumour has it that this year’s display will feature some exciting new effects!



There are many alcohol free zones throughout Sydney during this period, so make sure you check websites and guides for details on venue access and which zones sell alcohol. Plan your trip to and from the event, as there may be road closures and lots of people.