New Year’s Eve (NYE) in Sydney arrives with a beehive of events and attractions, so if you haven’t planned already, safe to say, it’s now or never. With more than a million visitors every year, Sydney Harbour becomes a tourist hotspot with celebrations taking place in all sizes and shapes. So if you’re wondering what to do on the last day of the year, here are some of our favourite experiences that are guaranteed to be worth every penny!
The whole city comes alive for what will be the biggest night on Sydney’s calendar year. Sydney Harbour being a major drawcard for NYE, will be flooded with travellers and residents, and not everyone will be in the mood to be amongst the buzzing millions. If you’re one of them, the best way to enjoy everything the harbour has to offer, away from the busy crowds is to go with a Sydney Harbour NYE boat hire. From excellent luxury yachts to glass boats and party catamarans, you can choose from a variety of options and tailor it according to your likings. An expert skipper and crewmen will also be at your disposal to ensure comfort sailing. This is one of the top ways to welcome the year and enjoy the iconic fireworks display, from the comfort of your own boat!
Sky high on Altitude
Although we’re no advocates of breaking the bank for an experience, sometimes you just need to go all out, especially if it’s only for once a year. Imagine 36 levels above Sydney Harbour in a floor-to-ceiling setting, offering views of The Bridge and The House in a spectacle of light, colours and patterns. Now top that off with a bespoke 8-course menu curated by one of the finest chefs in the city, including an incredible tasting session. A scintillating visual of the harbour in its full glory, while you enjoy scrumptious delicacies and an overnight accommodation in one of the biggest hotels in the city? Now that’s how you welcome the New Year!
An island party never goes out of style
The islands that are dotted throughout the harbour host NYE events and offer packages every year, and this year is no different. Mel-Mel, or popularly known as Goat Island, brings to the table a BYO (Bring your own) NYE experience where you can bring your own food and a responsible amount of alcohol to the island and enjoy top-class seats to the harbour spectacles. Shark Island, right across Rose Bay, also offers a ticketed event where you can enjoy world-class views of the fireworks display, right from the comfort of your setting. And with a DJ included you’ll be dancing to your favourite tracks on the Shark Island dance floor all night!
For the little ones
For family-friendly options, it can get better than the annual Taronga Zoo NYE event, where you can stay the night, meet the friendly residents, indulge in a fine dining experience and enjoy light entertainment. Not to mention, the spectacular views of both the fireworks displays! You can also take the whole family and head to Centennial Park for a low-key NYE celebration with a BBQ, live music, fun games, complimentary drinks and more.
The reality of NYE in Sydney
Apart from a private boat hire and the roof of your own place, it’s hard to find a place that’s not crowded, that’s the magnitude of Sydney’s NYE celebrations. The biggest tip I can offer is to plan early, because unless you do, you may find that there are only limited choices. Most events sell out weeks or months before the actual day. If you have a long-lost relative, it’s time to hit them up!