There are few places (if any) better to be than Sydney on New Year’s Eve! The city is literally thriving with things to do, places to go and sights to see – in fact, you might find that there’s almost too much to sift through when you’re trying to find something to get up to on the biggest night of the year. It’s so easy to feel a little uninspired when everything seems to cost an arm and a leg and your options are seemingly endless. If you’re nodding along as you’re reading this, then you’ve come to exactly the right place! Here are a few amazing activities to get up to in Sydney this year…
Sydney Harbour Cruise
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable final night of the year, then you should absolutely book yourself a spot on a Sydney Harbour Cruise! This is going to put you front and centre for legitimately the most famous firework’s display in the world – which, alone, should be enough to convince anyone to hop aboard. That being said, there definitely are a more than a few extra perks that you’ll enjoy once you’re floating out on the Harbour.
You’re going to be on your boat with your nearest and dearest, mixing and socialising with all sorts of people that you might not have met otherwise. You’ll be fully catered for with food, bar service, dancing and chill-out zones and you’re going to be skipping out on the headache of navigating the city on the busiest night possible – basically, everyone is going to be enjoying themselves to the absolute fullest! This one is a little bit of an investment, but keep in mind that a planned Sydney New Year’s Eve cruise is a capped expense, unlike bar hopping.
Setting up a picnic and chilling outdoors for the night is a great way to spend New Year’s if you don’t really feel like getting in amongst the action. Hey, not all of us want to be out in the hustle and bustle, and that’s okay too! Great areas to for picnicking with a view include Blues Point, Cremorne Point, Manly, Woollahra and Watson’s Bay. Make sure you arrive nice and early to claim your turf, you’ll need plenty of snacks, water and beverages to get you through to midnight, so preparedness is key.
Maybe it seems unconventional to spend New Year’s Eve in a zoo, but when that zoo has a view like Taronga, it starts to make a whole lot of sense. This Mosman venue offers up some great packages and experiences for those who want an understated evening with great food, bar service and a truly breathtaking view. Tickets do tend to sell out well in advance so make sure you get in ahead of time to secure your place.
New Year’s Eve at Dudley Reserve is a great event to head to with the kids. It can be hard to ferry your little ones around with you on New Year’s, but Dudley Reserve makes it super easy. Your youngsters will enjoy face painting, jumping castles, playgrounds and entertainment whilst you secure a great viewing spot for the nine o’clock fireworks. The event is, of course, open until the end of the midnight fireworks, so if your kids are up to it then you can settle in for a whole night of family fun to celebrate the New Year.
Royal Botanic Garden
There is always a tonne to get up to in Sydney’s iconic Royal Botanic Garden! Whether you’re looking for a dinner under the stars, a bit of a dance party or an extra special picnic, you’ll find it at this central city location. This one is a nice middle ground between the bustling city and the calmer leafy suburbs.
Any one of these options is a great way to celebrate the end of the year and ring in another! This city really does have so much to offer, so why not get out there and explore this New Year’s?