New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Fireworks across Sydney Harbour

Last week I wrote about how Christmas in Sydney was a total let down and I was really disappointed. Thankfully, New Year’s Eve in the city was a million times better and possibly even the best night of my life! That’s a bold statement I know but it really was amazing.

Relaxing at Blue's Point on New Year's Eve

There are a couple of options on where you can go on New Year’s Eve but most backpackers opt for the botanical gardens where you can enjoy them for free and sneak in your own booze. We went to Blue’s Point which is basically just a patch of grass by the side of the water but it’s directly opposite the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House so promised a perfect view of the fireworks.

We headed down there around 1pm to get a good spot and we were lucky enough to bag the best view possible. I’d definitely recommend arriving in the early afternoon as there was no where to sit by 3pm meaning it would be a long night on your feet!

It was an alcohol free zone and we’d been told that the police would be really strict but we managed to get through security with our bags of goon (cheap wine in a bag) and enjoyed an afternoon in the sun. If you’re doing this, remember to take to some cups or bottles that aren’t clear – you don’t want to police to see what you’re drinking!

The first set of fireworks went off at 9pm for the kids and another lot went off at midnight. The usual hugs and kisses and ‘happy new year!!’ were totally forgotten once the fireworks began. To say it was amazing was such an understatement. They made our Bonfire Night fireworks look like nothing more than a kid’s sparkler. They were going off all around us so I didn’t know which direction to look and they just kept going and going and going…

The fireworks would die down for a minute so you’d think that they were going to stop but then they’d start up again to a fresh chorus of applause and ‘oooh’s and ‘arrrhh’s. The whole sky, for as far as I could see, was lit up by a every colour I could imagine and they were accompanied by whizzes and bangs and pops and screams.

I usually find that NYE is a bit of a let down. There is so much excitement and anticipation beforehand but once midnight strikes you realise that it’s pretty much the same as any other night out, except everything is twice the price. But everyone was on such a high from all the fireworks that there was a great atmosphere in the crowd and it was this that made it such an amazing experience. Even the police were friendly as we were herded up and squished onto the train like kids on a school bus. We sang Ozzie anthems all the way back to Kings Cross with the main one being, ‘Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, Oi oi oi!’

The party carried on all night back at the hostel and it really was the best new years I’ve ever had and I barely spent a penny!

What was the best night out on new year’s you’ve ever had?

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (4)
  1. You rule breaker, you! Looks amazing; definitely a NYE to remember! My little sister is in Sydney as we speak, celebrating down by the harbour no doubt… maybe next year for me. Though thinking maybe New York; so many choices!
    Happy a fantastic NYE x

  2. Ah this is just what I need to persuade my boyfriend to go and celebrate NYE in Sydney! Currently on a very similar trip to you, set off from the UK with the boyfriend for 12 months to investigate the land of Aus. Luckily staying with some of the boyfriends family whilst we get our bearings and after reading your experiences with the campervan, it has confirmed that this is definitely the way we want to get around. Your blogs have made me laugh and have helped answer some of my questions and worries, so thank you. Sounds like you guys had an incredible time and definitely gonna take on the advice you’ve given! Fingers crossed we shall be seeing those fireworks in the next couple of months! X

  3. New Years Eve in Sydney sounds great. In the UK we always see the celebrations in Australia on the TV countdown before anywhere else. A bit like our pre-game warmup.

    Have you ever visited China for Chinese New Year? The fireworks displays on CNY are something on a totally different level… it literally doesn’t stop until you’re breathing gunpowder and spitting out bits of firecracker.

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