Having spent many New Year Eves in the cold, I was only happy to spend NYE in a warm country. Sydney is one of the first cities to welcome in the New Year and as such is well known for its fireworks. My first NYE in Sydney for years, I researched on what we could do to welcome in 2014.
Watch the fireworks
This may sound easier than it actually is. It can be very busy and NYE is a night you do not want to be travelling. For those who want to watch the fireworks in the Domain, tickets will need to be purchased. Make sure you buy the tickets in the non family end if you would like to bring alcohol with you. This site was very useful and has all info on where to go, there are many different spots north and south side of the bridge some alcohol free.
Visit the Opera House
For those with a bigger budget, the Opera House is one of the best places to spend NYE. This year, the tickets are around $500 and celebrates the Opera House’s 40th birthday. The Opera House will be launching 1000 of its own fireworks to coincide with the fireworks from the Harbour bridge.
Luna Park Party
Every year Luna Park welcomes in the New Year with a big party. Located on the harbor with spectacular views of the fireworks, it is one of the best places to celebrate the New year. Tickets cost from $139 and include unlimited rides, ideal for theme park enthusiasts.
Dinner on NYE is expensive but can be a great place to go if catching up with a group of all ages. Many places are fully booked well before December so it is best to reserve your table as soon as you decide on a place. The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has a great view of the fireworks, but it will cost $600 a head with a $150 deposit when booking. Café Sydney (not a regular café but exclusive restaurant) is above Circular Quay and again amazing views. But it is quite expensive at $700 a head and have to pay in full when booking.
I am going to dinner in Manly with my family and family friends to Crinitis. There is a set 5 course menu and unlimited drink for $200 (which is actually quite good value). We will have a table right across the street from the Wharf where we can see the Manly fireworks. Then we will go back to a friend’s in Seaforth to watch the fireworks over Sydney.
Bondi is having a beach party at Shore Thing with DJs such as Skrillex. It costs from $118 (plus booking fee), VIP tickets are $232. There are complimenatary canapés and two free drinks. There are beautiful views of the midnight fireworks but still a bit expensive for a party at the beach
NYE Tip – once you arrive at the place you are going to to celebrate the New Year, do not try and move or visit other places. It is very difficult to get around in Sydney as there will be roads closed. Wishing you a very Happy 2014 from Being30.com !!