Whether you want to ring in the new year sipping wine by the harbour, or take home brew to Parramatta Park, here’s a round-up of where you can do it without worrying about the fuzz.

Dudley Page Reserve
With uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour, Dover Heights in Sydney’s eastern suburbs offers one of the best vantage points for the evening fireworks. The council is hosting a casual, family-friendly event with licensed bars and food stalls. Attendees are encouraged to bring a rug and picnic and enjoy the entertainment, which includes free kids rides, face painting and a DJ.

Tickets are between $18.35 and $38.80 and can be bought here.

New Year’s Eve in the Park
For the first time ever, you can attend NYE in the Park – a festival designed to provide an escape from what can be a problematic and anticlimactic night. Over two stages in the heritage gardens of Victoria Park in Broadway, you can watch international and homegrown music with a city-skyline backdrop. The line-up includes Total Giovanni, Vera Blue, Paces, Nicole Millar, 2manydjs and Hot Dub Time Machine. There'll be an al fresco dance floor with acres of space, unlike the typical CBD and harbour experiences. You can also expect lots of bars and food stalls.

Tickets can be bought for $89 here.

Pirrama Park: Wharf Viewing
Pyrmont’s Pirrama Park Wharf will entertain 650 guests in a harbour-side party with tunes provided by KIIS FM radio. The exclusive event will be catered by Jimmy Liks and Hugh Foster (ex Fez and Cafe Mint), who will serve a four-course meal inspired by the flavours of Morocco and the Middle East. The package comes with a glass of wine or soft drink; access to bars, unreserved dining tables and deck chairs; and unmatched views of both fireworks displays.

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Tickets are between $176 and $154 and can be bought here.

Harbour Hoopla
Harbour Hoopla is an all-ages vintage-circus-themed event in the Royal Botanic Gardens offering fair games, performers, live music, a dance floor and a photo booth with props. The ticket comes with a picnic box; sweet and savoury snacks; and access to Tarpeian Way, a fairly impressive spot that has you in the thick of the NYE action. The four-course Picnic Box includes antipasto vegetables and bocconcini, and for dessert, a dark-chocolate tart with freeze-dried raspberries. Alcohol can be purchased on-site.

Tickets are $335.27 per person and can be purchased here.

Mrs Macquaries Point
Undoubtedly the best seat in the house, Mrs Macquaries Point will give 14,000 patrons unmatched views of the firework displays. Free entry begins from 10am for this popular location and food and alcohol can be bought on-site.

More information here.

Pirrama Park
Pirrama Park is the casual, family-friendly alternative to Mrs Macquaries Point. It can accommodate 15,000 people and offers views of the western side of the Harbour Bridge and harbor. Entry to the park starts at 2pm. Food and alcohol will be available throughout the location.

More information here.

Bennelong Point
The strip between Opera Bar and the harbour places you at the centre of Sydney’s iconic firework displays, but this is not a spontaneous affair. Entry begins at 7.30am and last year reached its capacity of 7000 before 1pm. Food and alcohol can be purchased here.

More information here.

Parramatta Park
Parramatta’s heritage-listed park will host an extensive party that will include a food village, picnic lawn, rides, roving entertainment and circus performers. Two stages will keep audiences on their feet from 6pm until the firework finale at 9pm. No alcohol will be sold in the park but attendees are welcome to bring their own as long it’s not in glass.

More information here.

The NYE Experience on Cockatoo Island
Escape the crowd this New Year’s Eve by camping or glamping on Cockatoo Island. Not only are you beneath the fireworks, but there will also be a bunch of activities for kids, guided tours, food stalls, bars and music to carry you through the evening. There are a number of packages still available where you can secure a tent or bring your own.

To secure a camp site visit here.

For a full list of vantage points click here.

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