The Best Spot to Watch the Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney is a major travel goal for so many people, myself included!!

This year I was lucky enough to take part in the festivities and it was totally worth the hype!!

On New Year’s Eve Lewis and I flew down to Sydney to meet up with my family. The trip had been months in the making and I can’t believe how quickly it came around. Once again, we froze when we got off the plane in Sydney. Why is it that I am always expecting Sydney to be warmer than it actually is?

We grabbed an Uber and met my family at their Darlinghurst Airbnb. Being NYE, Sydney was crazy and we were so lost as to where we should watch the fireworks.

To access one of the Sydney city recommended spots you have to line up (or even camp out!) hours and hours in advance. Lewis and I knew of some backpacking friends that had started camping out by Mrs. Macquaries Chair at 8am. Nooo thank you. But if that’s not your thing either keep reading because we managed to score the absolute best and easiest fireworks viewing spot: Rushcutter’s Bay.

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Low-key, beautiful and fun Rushcutter’s Bay was the perfect spot for us.

It’s not on the official SYD NYE list of spots so it doesn’t get packed in with tourists as early as 9am. It was kind of a locals only spot but it was still patrolled by police so you weren’t allowed to be openly drinking although with some creativity you definitely could’ve gotten away with it. We showed up at the spot around 8pm and you could easily walk in and out with no lines. There were a few food trucks parked along the water but I would definitely recommend packing a blanket, some music, a big picnic and a few games.

The best surprise of the night was when our friends from the East Coast tour showed up actually ditched the spot they had camped out in since breakfast time to join us there!

As much as I wanted to see the NYE fireworks in Sydney I wasn’t super keen on battling out the crowds along the city. This was the perfect spot for a fantastic view without the hassle and WOW were those fireworks worth it! Such an amazing experience 🙂




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Hi! I'm Katie. I’m happiest when I’m exploring new places, lying on the beach or eating fresh foods (and if that were all to happen at once, I’d be set!).

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