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Tickets for NYE fireworks are now on sale

Finding a vantage point for Sydney’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks can be stressful and expensive at the best of times, so we’ve compiled some cheap options and accessible venues to help you bring in 2018.

Tickets for most of these venues have been recently released, so grab them before they sell out!


Bradfield Park, Milson’s Point

Bradfield Park is situated directly beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge, meaning this vantage point is as close to the action as possible. The park’s capacity sits around 35,000 and did not reach capacity until 11pm last year, meaning Bradfield Park might be one of the best chances of catching a full view of the bridge’s fireworks.

Where: Bradfield Park, Alfred Street, Milson’s Point
When: Open from 8am on December 31
Cost: Free
More info here

Athol Lawn, Mosman

Athol Lawn sits atop Bradley Head, overlooking the harbour and providing almost unobstructed views of the Bridge and Opera House. Picnics and children are welcome, and food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Where: Athol Lawn, Bradley’s Head, Mosman
When: Open from 3pm on December 31
Cost: Children $17, adults $33 and families of four $74
More info here

North Head, Manly

Although capacity is on the small side (2,000), North Head offers spectacular albeit distant views of the Harbour which promises a full view of the bridge’s display and the many barges throughout Sydney Harbour. North Head is nestled within the Sydney Harbour National Park and is yet another family-friendly spot to help you bring in the new year.

Where: North Head, Manly
Open from 5:30pm on December 31
More info here

Sunset at North Head, Manly (Image: City of Sydney)

Manly Cove

Manly Cove will certainly be a hotspot for Sydneysiders hoping for a glimpse of the midnight fireworks, with a capacity of 15,000. Although views will be obstructed, the beach is certainly one of the best places to finish off a good year and start an even better one.

Where: Manly Cove, Manly
When: Open from 1pm on December 31
Cost: Free
More info here

The Mast Precinct, Mosman

The Mast Precinct offers partial views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge despite its prime position at the tip of Bradley’s Head. By purchasing tickets, patrons will have access to the upper road, boardwalk and grassed areas surrounding the mast. Live music, entertainment and food stalls will keep you going until midnight – just bring some friends to celebrate!

Where: The Mast Precinct, Bradleys Head, Manly
When: Open from 3pm on December 31
Cost: Children $17, adults $48, families of four $104
More info here

The Mast Precinct offers spectacular harbourside views (Image: City of Sydney)


Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights

Dudley Page Reserve might be the best option for Eastern Suburbians, with no road closures due to its distance from the city. The Reserve is a sprawling public area which can fit up to 2,500. On December 31, Waverley Council will be providing a licensed bar, food stalls, a DJ and entertainment for the kids – all you need to bring is a picnic rug!

Where: Dudley Page Reserve, Military Road & Lancaster Road, Dover Heights
When: Open from 6pm on December 31
Cost: $38 for adults, $18 for pensioners & children
More info here

Royal Botanic Garden: Lawn with the View, Bennelong Lawn

Crowds flocked to Bennelong Lawn for previous years’ fireworks (Image: City of Sydney)

Tickets for this location have not yet been released, meaning now is the perfect time to keep tabs on this low capacity (960) hotspot. Food and drinks will be included in the ticket price and the view will definitely not disappoint.

Where: Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When: Open from 7pm on December 31
Cost: $340pp
More info here

Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point

Watching the fireworks from Barangaroo Reserve will be special for any Aussie – the freshly completed reserve is an oasis of Australian flora which reminds us of the unique beauty of our country. 10,000 people can cosy up beneath the Harbour Bridge on the Reserve while being offered a variety of foods from North Bondi Fish, Chiswick and The Erko. Food and beverage hampers are available for pre-purchase and include oysters and sparkling. Champagne, wine, beer and signature cocktails are also available all night long.

Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Millers Point
When: Open from 6pm on December 31
Cost: $41 for adults, $19 for concession, $5 for 3-15 year olds
More info here

Observatory Hill Park

Views from Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point (Image: City of Sydney)

Observatory Hill sits alongside the the Harbour Bridge, however provides unparalleled views of the fireworks. Gates open at 12pm so be sure to get in early for this free spot.

Where: Observatory Hill Park, Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Open from 12pm on December 31
More info here

Pirrama Park, Pyrmont

Pirrama Park sits between the Anzac and Harbour Bridges, providing a unique perspective of the NYE display. Pirrama Park is close to firework barges and can accommodate for up to 15,000 people.

Where: Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
When: Open from 2pm on December 31
Cost: Free
More info here

Featured Image: City of Sydney