The holiday season is nearly over, but before it is the age old question has to be raised – “What are you doing for New Year’s?” For some, the question brings fear to the heart; just the pressure in itself of having to have ‘the best’ New Year’s Eve can be enough to make you want to turn around and go back home. Personally, I’m not one for hitting the clubs to celebrate; the idea of spending all night queuing to squash into a bar with ridiculously over-prices drinks just gets me too excited and I have to go home early.
My idea of a good New Year’s Eve has to include fireworks. And if you’re in Australia there’s only one place to see them.
(It’s a very small photo, but you get the idea)
So today’s post is going to be dedicated to where you’ll need to be if you want to see this wonderful show.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
This is undoubtedly the most popular viewing point for the fireworks, so if you want to get a good spot, you’ll have to get in early. Situated on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, this prime location will let you see both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, easily one of the best views in the city. Because of the large crowds the area will be cordoned off, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to make sure you get in. P.s. it’s also no B.Y.O alcohol, so bring a bit of cash if you fancy doing some boozing down there.
Cremorne Point Reserve
A bit further away from the action, but a great viewing point nonetheless, Cremorne Point Reserve will certainly be buzzing come 12 o’clock tonight. This is a great place to go if you want to get part of the action without getting squashed by the crowds. Again, there’s no do-it-yourself boozing, but food and drink are on sale to keep you going through the night.
The Daily Telegraph Observatory Hill (The Rocks)
If you know Sydney then you’ll know that The Rocks is about as close as you can get to the action on NYE. The Observatory Hill is a great vantage point for the fireworks, but being in such close proximity might be a bit of a blessing and a curse – you’ll be close to the show but maybe so close you’ll end up looking at a lot of smoke (you know what they say, no smoke without fire-works). As I’ve never been, you’ll have to take this one with a pinch of salt, but I still reckon it’s going to be a good’un. Get there before 5pm to ensure access before they start closing off the areas around the harbour.
(Might be a few more people there on the night…)
Milsons point is another up-close viewing point, but at the opposite end of the bridge to The Rocks. Situated next to Lunar Park, once again you’re guaranteed great views if you get here in good time. You’ll need to enter via Art Gallery road as the other roads will be closed off due to the crowds, and they’ll be closing any entrance off after 5000 people enter so it’s recommended you arrive before 5.
Watsons Bay is a personal favourite of mine, because it was my viewing point for last year’s NYE celebrations. There’s so many reasons why I love this place (definitely go for a visit and do the cliff walk one day and you’ll see why) but for New Year’s it’s just a great place to see the fireworks in a nice, chilled environment. Bring a picnic along, and alcohol is (like everywhere) prohibited, but it seemed the sound of bottles being cracked open was coming from all directions – as they always say, if you can’t beat them, join them for a drink! It’s a good distance from the city so you won’t be so up-close to the action when the fireworks go off, but being far away has it’s pros; the good people at Sydney city council sync up the fireworks over the whole city, so you’ll have an amazing view of the city skyline covered in fireworks. From what I can remember.
And so there you have it, the top places to see the fireworks this New Year’s Eve. If you think you know any interesting and different places to spend the night in the city, let me know!