Sydney is one of the first in the world to ring in the new year, with spectacular fireworks across the harbour. Here are some of the best places to watch the fireworks south of the Harbour Bridge.

Sydney City


Dawes Point Cannons Sydney

Dawes Point Tar Ra Park

Everyone needs to get this close to the action at least once. Stand shoulder to shoulder with thousands and reign in New Years from ground zero.

Barangaroo Reserve Park Sydney City

Barangaroo Reserve | Sydney City (Ticketed)

Sydney’s newest city park has some of the best views of the harbour. Unfortunately it is ticketed and sells out early.


Observatory Hill Park Sydney

Observatory Hill Park | Millers Point

Iconic inner city park with breathtaking views of the harbour and bridge, it’s a popular spot every year so get in early!

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquaries Chair | The Domain

A popular spot to watch the fireworks with space for thousands. There is a long list of things you can’t bring in, so keep it simple and get there early.

The Balmain Peninsular

Thornton Park Balmain Sydney

Thornton Park | Balmain East

A small iconic park at the bottom of Darling Street that’s popular every year.

Nearby: Lookes Avenue Reserve

Jump across to nearby Lookes Avenue for equally spectacular views, there’s even a nice hill to sit on.

Illoura Reserve Balmain East Sydney Harbour Bridge

Illoura Reserve & Peacock Point | Balmain East

A long green space with plenty of space along the water and a two tiered viewing platform at Peacock Point. Right next to Balmain East Ferry Wharf,

Mort Bay Park Birchgrove Sydney

Mort Bay Park | Birchgrove

Right next to Balmain Ferry Wharf, there’s plenty of space along the platform and curling around the Harbour.

Birchgrove Park Harbour Views New Years Eve

Birchgrove Park | Birchgrove

Views from Snails include towards the Harbour include the bridge. Back towards the oval there are also glimpses made better when the fireworks start.

Nearby: Miklouho-Maclay Park

This small Reserve at the end of Grove Street offers great views of the Harbour to the lucky few who can secure a spot.

Yurulbin Park Birchgrove Sydney

Yurulbin Park (Long Nose Point) | Birchgrove

Catch the ferry to Birchgrove Wharf and then uber home. Yurulbin Park is an often under capacity gem with uninterrupted views of the bridge.

Eastern Suburbs

Rushcutters Bay Park Sydney NSW 2027

Rushcutters Bay Park | Rushcutters Bay

This iconic park has partial views of the bridge and plenty of space with a great vibe every year.

Beare Park Elizabeth Park 2011

Beare Park | Elizabeth Bay

A small park with limited views of the bridge but nice all the same.

Yarranabbe Park Rushcutters Bay Darling Point

Yarranabbe Park | Darling Point

A long Park on the eastern side of Rushcutters Bay with great views of the bridge and the city.

Nearby: McKell Park & Darling Point Reserve.

Inner West – The Wild Card

Sydney Park St Peters

Sydney Park | St Peters

St Peters might be far from the action, but the tip of the hill has vast panoramic views of the entire city by night, and is growing steadily more popular every year.