New Year's Eve in Sydney
As one of the first places to ring in the New Year around the world, the celebrations in Sydney are iconic and broadcast live across the world every year.
Nicknamed ‘The New Year’s Capital of the World’, there are over a million spectators enjoying the festivities on the harbour alone, and over 1 billion people will watch the televised fireworks displays at midnight.
Are you heading down under to Sydney for your Hogmanay celebrations? Here are 5 unmissable events that are going on around the city.
The ‘Welcome to Country’ Ceremony
The ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony is one of the most unique aspects of New Year’s Eve in Sydney. This show recognises the heritage of Australia’s aboriginal people, and includes special lighting effects, traditional music and dance. Eucalyptus smoke is released over Sydney harbour to cleanse the city of any bad spirits before the beginning of the new year.
A fitting tribute to Australia’s indigenous people, this is an unmissable part of the celebrations.
NYE in the Park
If you are looking for the hottest party in the city, head to Victoria Park for the ‘NYE in the Park’ event. World class bands and DJs will be performing live from the afternoon until late in the evening, so this is the place to go if you want to start the party early. There are also gourmet food vans, cocktail bars and the park even has its very own fireworks display.
Harbour of Light parade
An amazing spectacle for all ages, the Harbour of Light parade runs from 9.15-11.30pm each year. Watch illuminated boats glide across Sydney harbour from Goat Island to Cockatoo Island. Outlined in white rope, the sight of these ghostly ships needs to be seen to be believed.
For an experience you will never forget, be a part of the spectacle yourself by booking your place on one of these vessels. If you want one of the most unique vantage points of the festivities around the harbour, this is the perfect option for you.
Family NYE at the National Maritime Museum
While there are countless incredible parties going on across the city, head to the National Maritime Museum for a fun-filled family night to remember. With magicians, bubble art and face-painting along with after-hours exhibit visits and a BBQ dinner, both parents and their little ones will have a ball.
Not only this, but enjoy premium views of the 9pm fireworks for young children (and mum and dad) who won’t make it until midnight. The museum has an exclusive viewing platform to witness the spectacular display – without having to beat the crowds.
The Midnight Fireworks
The most anticipated event of the evening, this 12-minute firework display begins as the stroke of midnight. With displays at Sydney harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails of the opera house, there are dozens of viewing location around the city.
The best viewpoints are the Sydney Opera house, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, which hosts four different parties throughout the night. If you want to see in the New Year from one of these iconic locations, make sure you book in advance as tickets sell out every year, and arrive early to ensure you have the best view in the house when the clock strikes 12.
Which of these events would you love to attend on New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below!