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New Year’s Eve is back with a bang

Access to see Sydney’s iconic fireworks will be free but make sure to plan your night.

Sydney New Year’s Eve 2022. Image: Keith McInnes

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are coming back bigger, better and brighter than ever. And you can see them free.

We’re no longer ticketing sites and have lifted all restrictions put in place during the pandemic to give people the best possible chance to enjoy the iconic fireworks.

Many people will flock to Sydney, with large crowds expected in and around the harbour. We encourage everyone to use the official Sydney New Year’s Eve website to plan for the big night.

Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks, New Year’s Eve 2022. Image: City of Sydney / Paul McMillan
Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks, New Year’s Eve 2022. Image: City of Sydney / Paul McMillan

The website has details of all the City of Sydney’s vantage points, as well as key viewing locations extending from Cockatoo Island to Dover Heights and Manly.

We’ve also included details about each location’s entry points, opening and closing times, alcohol policy, capacity, food and beverage options, accessibility services, road closures and transport.

More vantage points and location information will be added to the website in the coming weeks.

Some locations around the harbour will be ticketed to manage crowd numbers or to host private events including the Cahill Expressway (which is balloted), Clarke, Goat and Shark islands, Strickland Estate, Bradley’s Head (Mast Precinct, Athol Lawn, Amphitheatre), Taronga Zoo and the Botanic Garden’s Foundation & Friends NYE Picnic.

“Sydney New Year’s Eve is an iconic event and a wonderful celebration of our safe, harmonious and vibrant city,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.

“With Covid restrictions lifted and more parkland access available, we anticipate there’ll be large crowds across the city keen to see the fireworks. I encourage everyone to check out the official website and plan their celebrations.”

Visit Sydney New Year’s Eve: The official website.

Published 5 September 2023