Where to watch Sydney Harbour fireworks on New Year‘s Eve

Still looking for a New Year‘s Eve plan? The best FREE spots to watch Sydney‘s New Year‘s Eve fireworks – and some tips to surviving the night!

Still without a plan for this New Year‘s Eve and don‘t want to spend a fortune? Well, Daily Mail Australia has you covered.

These are the best, free spots to watch ‘s magical fireworks display.

Sydney knows how to kick off New Year‘s Eve with a bang and this year the display is set to be extra colourful – with rainbow fireworks celebrating the marriage equality vote.

A family-friendly display begins at 9pm, while the official New Year‘s Eve countdown kicks off just before midnight.

But with many traveling from around the world and across Australia just to catch a glimpse of the display, many locations in Sydney are now charging the public to watch the show.

People are paying crazy amounts to catch a glimpse of the display exclusive locations, with some spending up to $2400 to ‘glamp‘ on Cockatoo Island and $1399 for an Opera House viewing package.

With this in mind, we‘ve rounded up some of the best places to catch the colourful extravaganza without selling your soul or re-mortgaging the house.

Mrs Macquaries Point: 

This spot boasts a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. It‘s one best spots to get a full view of the show, and offers an incredible atmosphere with thousands of happy Sydney locals choosing to see in the new year here. It‘s best to get here as early as possible as the popular spot gets full quickly.

Open 10am-12.30am

Food, drinks and accessible toilets available

Pirrama Park, Pyrmont: 

This park is one of the less crowded spots by the water this NYE, making it one of our top picks. Catch great views of the display without being trodden on or having to stand cramped. This family-friendly vantage point has stunning views of the western side of the Harbour Bridge. Make ample use of the space by packing a picnic blanket or enjoy some modern Asian food courtesy of Jimmy Likes Catering.

Open 2pm – 1am

Food, beverages and accessible toilets available

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point: 

This popular spot offers views of the eastern and western sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This one is popular for families and is easy to access via public transport. Offering one of the best and closest views of the bridge, this is certainly a top pick for this NYE. Grab your family and get ready for a New Year‘s view to be remembered.

Open 8:00am till 1:00pm

Food and accessible toilets available

Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point: 

This stunning Sydney location is the perfect place to watch the fireworks if you have children as alcohol is prohibited. Get there early to secure a spot for your picnic blanket and avoid disappointment as it had reached capacity by 6pm last year. There is no alcohol available at this site so if you‘re in search of a kid-friendly park, look no further. Stunning, front-on views of the western side of the bridge will ensure you the perfect view for the fireworks show that promises to be one-of-the BEST yet. 

Open 8:00am till 1:00am

Food available 

No accessible toilets or alcohol available

For those that don‘t feel like traveling to the city on Sydney‘s biggest night of the year, there are many other free events to see in the New Years.

Northern Beaches and Eastern suburbs:

The Northern Beaches Council are hosting a free-fireworks display at three beautiful spots. At Dee Why Beach and Manly Cove, the displays begin at 9 pm, while Bayview has a display for families at 9pm and a full countdown kicking off just before midnight.


Randwick City Council is hosting Coogee Sparkles fireworks at 9 pm for families and revellers alike to bring in the New Year. Grab a picnic blanket and some friends and head down for a laid-back afternoon by the sea. Entry is free but alcohol is strictly prohibited. 



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