What to do on New Year's Eve in Sydney.

whats on new year's eve in sydney
The Sydney Life

Most key events surrounding the hotel on New Year’s Eve are ticketed with very limited availability – so you need to decide where to spend midnight on 31 December prior to your arrival. Our concierge team are on hand to ensure you have a glorious celebration on the nights of all nights, and have put together a guide on available celebrations.

Many local Sydney restaurants and venues offer a variety of experiences, many of which are already fully sold at capacity for this evening. Please see the below events which may still have availability, however note that these will sell out prior to the evening.

Aria Restaurant

Chef Matt Moran and Aria Head Chef Jason Staudt have curated an incredible five-course tasting menu for the evening. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and a journey of canapes, with drinks flowing throughout the evening. During the dining experience you will be free to immerse yourself in the firework displays.

Where – 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney (an approximate 30 minute walk on New Year’s Eve)

Cost – $1350 per adult, $650 per child

Quay Restaurant

(main restaurant fully sold however cocktail party still available)

Join the cocktail party of the year in the Green Room at Quay this New Year’s Eve, with uninterrupted views to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Guests will be treated to cocktails and sparkling wine on arrival followed by canapés and premium wines selected by Head Sommelier Amanda Yallop. Entertainment and dancing throughout the night will ensue with enviable positioning to watch the spectacular fireworks display.

Where – Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West (an approximate 45 minute walk on New Year’s Eve)

Cost  - $700 per person

Sydney Opera House

Enjoy an evening full of music and wonder as you ring in the New Year in one of the most iconic venues in the world. Sydney Opera House is the place to be on New Year’s Eve, with the Annual Opera Australia Gala in the Concert Hall, whilst Opera Australia will also celebrate the newly refurbished Joan Sutherland Theatre, with it’s first show since reopening by performing Franz Lehar’s famous The Merry Widow. Intervals are perfectly timed for revellers to also experience the 9pm fireworks, and we would recommend securing the ‘Platinum Package’ to secure casual dining before the performance as well as access to the exclusive Midnight Party for once in a lifetime views of the harbour.

Where – Sydney Opera House (an approximate 40 minute walk on New Year’s Eve)

Cost – Performance tickets from $269 to $479, Platinum Package $1399 per person


Royal Botanic Gardens – Harbour Hoopla

Please note that whilst Harbour Hoopla is currently still available, all other areas within the gardens are already sold out.

This all-ages vintage circus themed event is a night to be enjoyed with family and friends. In addition to incredible views of the midnight fireworks over the Harbour Bridge, there will be plenty to keep you entertained all evening.

Where – Tarpeian Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens (an approximate 20 minute walk on New Year’s Eve)

Cost - $325 per person


Portside Sydney

Imagine a night beneath the stars, under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the best view in the city of the Harbour Bridge and our world famous fireworks - this is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!

Where – Sydney Opera House Western Forecourt (an approximate 40 minute walk on New Year’s Eve)

Cost - $695 per person

Luna Park

With unlimited rides, bar and dining outlets, an amazing fireworks vantage point, live entertainment in numerous venues, amenities and a variety of tickets to suit your New Year’s Eve dreams... Harbour Party at Luna Park is your ticket to the biggest celebration of the year! This event has a variety different events, which have access to certain areas of Luna Park. Those which have the best views of the Fireworks are The Deck and The Palais.

Where – Luna Park, Milson’s Point (best accessed by ferry or train on New Year’s Eve, allow approximately one hour on New Year’s Eve)

Cost – The Deck $549, The Palais $579


Private Yacht Charter

Experience the festivities on Sydney Harbour in style and within the privacy and comfort of your own luxury vessel. Kindly note that there are limited options available, with many vessels confirming reservations several months in advance, and due to high demand private charter cruises on New Year’s Eve start from approximately AUD $10,000. Our concierge team can provide up to date details of available vessels.

Large Ticketed Cruises

With not only spectacular views but an on-board party atmosphere, there are many large vessels on Sydney Harbour which will have on board events for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Some of these vessels take part in the ‘Harbour of Light’ parade, which means these vessels will have priority access for viewing the fireworks.

Vessel Name

Vessel Description 

Cost per person

Involved in Harbour of Light Parade


A function vessel that is so adaptable with large indoor area for seated dining as well as outdoor lounge bar atmosphere.



Jerry Bailey

From large corporate events to local family occasions, Jerry Bailey and its crew have an abundance of experience for Sydney Harbour cruises. A stable design and an alfresco top deck allows comfort for your special New Year's Eve cruise experience.



Bella Vista

Italian for 'beautiful scenery', Bella Vista is suitable for any large function. Surrounded by floor to ceiling glass, wide open floor plan for ample seating and has great entertainment space.



Starship Sydney

The Starship Sydney would have to be the most prestigious function vessel on Sydney Harbour. Boasting its grand yet elegant structure, she graciously dominates the Harbour. The Starship Sydney has a great reputation for being one of the best boats to be on to celebrate New Year's Eve in Sydney.




December 7, 2017