This city knows how to New Year’s Eve. It knows how to do it so well that people travel from all over the globe to feed off its energy. Beyond Sydney’s world-famous fireworks display is a string of celebrations, from a New Year’s Day party on a floating bar to a DJ set from Hot Chip. To avoid any FOMO, get yourself a ticket to one of these parties.
New Year’s Eve
Barangaroo Reserve After last year’s huge success, Barangaroo will host its second New Year’s Eve party. With a prime view of the firework display and sticking to a 12,000-person cap, the party is spectacular yet intimate. Guests are encouraged to BYO a picnic, but not to worry if you forget, hampers prepared by Saké and Fratelli can be pre-ordered for the night. Alcohol will be available to purchase as well as food from various pop-ups.
Tickets are $33.30 per person and can be [purchased from Moshtix.
Endless Summer at Opera Bar Bring in the New Year beneath the Opera House at Opera Bar’s New Year’s Eve Party. In its fourteenth year, this year is an ‘Endless Summer’ party with a beach glamour theme. The Opera Bar will be decked out in palm trees and coastal decor. With one of the best views of the fireworks, non-stop live entertainment and five hours of canapés, this one will kick-off 2017 with a bang.
Tickets are $440 and can be purchased here. The ticket includes express VIP entry to Sydney Opera House and a five-hour canapé package.
New Year’s Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
This is a double celebration, marking Taronga Zoo’s Centenary along with the New Year. From the cliff-side amphitheatre, it’s the closest you can get to actually sitting on top of the Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display. Guests are encouraged to BYO picnics but alcohol will be available on site. Silver tickets priced at $190 per person grant you access to the unrivalled view, parking and live entertainment. All proceeds from tickets will go directly towards the zoo’s continual conservation efforts. All ages welcome.
Royal Botanic Garden This year, the Royal Botanic Garden will host four separate parties with spectacular views, each catering to a different theme and demographic:
The Point Quite literally the best seat in the house, Mrs Macquarie’s Point is your go-to for views without the hoards. Tickets to the adults-only event are $390 per person and include an entrée picnic box on arrival, mains from a diverse range of food stalls and non-stop reggae, funk, soul and jazz from the live DJ. Alcohol can be purchased inside.
Midnight at The Oasis The Royal Botanic Garden will transform into an open-air restaurant. The three-course, sit-down dinner will take place on shared communal tables. There will be a dancefloor offering music from a live band and DJ. Tickets are $415 per person and include all food and drinks.
Lawn with the View Set in a secluded harbourside location, Lawn with the View is perfect for families wanting to sit back and watch the fireworks. The Bennelong Lawn overlooks the Opera House and will be decked out with beach chairs, designated picnic areas and a bar.
Tickets cost $325 per person and include a gourmet picnic hamper.
Harbour Hoopla A new edition to the Botanic Garden’s array of New Year’s Eve activities, Harbour Hoopla is a vintage-circus-themed event offering games, performers, live music and a photo booth with props. This is an all-ages event and is $295 per person. The ticket includes a picnic box, live entertainment and exclusive access to Tarpeian Way. Alcohol can be bought from inside the event.
Hotel Palisade Bring in 2017 among the clouds. The Hotel Palisade is offering up its top two levels for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Ride the elevator up to level four for a cocktail-and-canape party priced at $490 per person. Tickets include a four-hour food-and-beverage package with themed cocktails, a grazing station, canapes and 360-degree views of Sydney’s firework display. Level five is for serious partiers. Tickets cost $790 per person for the six-hour package and include cocktails, a seafood-and-oyster bar, canapes and rooftop access for the midnight show.
Park Hyatt If being further than 100 metres from the fireworks seems unbearable, park yourself underneath the bridge at the Park Hyatt’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. This is the Hyatt’s first New Year’s party and Belvedere Vodka will be flowing. Tickets cost $495 per person and include Belvedere cocktails, beer, wine, canapes and exclusive boardwalk access. The only people closer to the display will be the fireworks technicians.
Bennelong at The Opera House You’ve put in the hard yards and are ready to bid farewell to 2016. Why not herald in the New Year at a world-famous restaurant? Tickets to the Bennelong New Year’s Eve party will set you back $1250 per person, though the ticket has some of the best inclusions. Expect canapes created by Peter Gilmore, premium wines selected by Sommelier Russ Mills and watch the fireworks on your own private outdoor terrace. The entire restaurant will be converted into a dancefloor with music playing until the wee hours of January 1.
The Island The summer party barge will park itself in the centre of Sydney Harbour for New Year’s Eve. Anchoring just 500 metres from the Opera House, it’s essentially a massive party on a boat, under the stars. Tickets are strictly for members of the Island and include a return-trip water taxi, a three-hour premium spirits package and a three-hour canapes session.
First release tickets are $500 per person, and second release will be $550.
Potts Point Cantonese restaurant Fei Jai is hosting a New Year's Eve feast. Those looking for a culinary New Year's Eve experience will dine on a seasonal, six-course set menu and start the night off with a welcome cocktail.
The evening will begin at 8.15pm, and tickets are available for purchase here.
New Year’s Day While most venues are still fine-tuning the details of their New Year’s Day parties, some earlybirds have released the details of their January 1 celebrations. Watch this space: more to come as events are finalised.
Manly Wharf Hotel In Sydney, New Year’s Day is synonymous with beachside drinking. We’re strong believers that the salty breeze on your skin and a drink in your hand can cure whatever New Year’s Eve threw at you. With a DJ set from Hot Chip and the Bag Raiders, complimentary Heineken, Chandon and canapes, the Manly Wharf Hotel is your go-to for a sun-filled day of drinking.
Tickets to the event are $50 or purchase a NYE+NYD two-night package ticket for $80.
Icebergs Bondi One of the most coveted tickets on the New Year’s Eve circuit, Iceberg’s annual New Year’s Day party is back, full of champagne, live DJS and canapes. Details for the event are still scant, however we do know that past years have included a live performance from Sneaky Sound System and a half-naked mermaid swimming in the middle of the dining room.
To register your interest and join the waitlist for a ticket, contact the restaurant.
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel The Surf Lodge x Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel party returns this New Year's Day. The Hamptons tropical-themed pop-up party will see the outdoor area converted into a huge dancefloor with local DJs playing Palm Springs-style sets.
VIP tickets are available and can be purchased through the website. Artist line-up yet to be announced.