By Zoe Bradbury
With 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking how to bring in the New Year in style.
With multi-million-dollar fireworks displays (2017 saw Sydney use eight tonnes of fireworks, estimated at $7 million dollars), free events and the hottest parties, Sydney is one of the best places in the world to celebrate NYE.
Over 1.5 million people packed into Sydney’s foreshores and streets last year, so it’s beneficial to plan the night ahead.
Here’s how to make New Year’s Eve the most memorable one yet in Sydney.
There’s no better place to see all the action than on the harbour itself.
The Bella Vista is a 5-star, luxurious glass vessel that offers the closest access to both the 9pm and 12am fireworks displays.
This all-inclusive, six-hour cruise of the harbour includes free flowing beer, wine and soft drinks from the open bars, alongside canapes, a buffet dinner menu and a dessert buffet.
A DJ will provide tunes on the open-air, wrap around deck that offers 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour, and two levels on board, each with a bar, mean the cruise will be spacious and uncramped.
Dress code: Cocktail
Price per person: $695
A NYE favourite spot, this year the Opera Bar is hosting an old school Havana Nights tropical themed party, with non-stop entertainment from DJ Hot Dub Time Machine.
In its 16th year of hosting sold out NYE events, Opera Bar knows how to throw a party, and its harbour-side location makes it a prime spot for taking in the fireworks.
Ticket price includes priority entry to the Sydney Opera House precinct, non-stop live entertainment including Hot Dub Time Machine, food all night, and a party that goes until 2am.
With ticket numbers strictly capped, the Opera Bar ensures comfort and service are a prime consideration, creating a party without the crowds.
Dress code: Havana nights in Cuba – think tropical headpieces, flowing dresses, guayabera shirts, sandals and all things floral.
Price per person: $495 + Booking fee
Think fairy floss, roller coasters and carnival games – this year, Luna Park is hosting a harbour party full of rides and activities for those young at heart.
All rides will be open until 1am and free with any entry ticket, and performances in the Big Top Arena by The Veronicas, Nicole Millar, KLP, Purple Sneakers DJs and Nat Conway will make this a night to remember.
VIP tickets are also on offer including canapes, alcohol and private venue spaces complete with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, balconies and a boardwalk that offers unprecedented views of the city and the fireworks.
Where: Luna Park, Sydney
Dress code: Casual / smart casual
General Admission tickets: $149 per person, includes access to all rides and entertainment
VIP packages: Start at $479 per person and include drinks, canapes and access to private venues
Bring in the new year in 1920’s style with a Great Gatsby themed cocktail party at Barangaroo Reserve.
Sip on Gatsby-themed beverages such as mint juleps and gin ricky’s, and nibble on canapes including cured salmon, black caviar, oysters and crab cake sliders.
A live jazz band will transport guests back to the roaring 20s, with views of the harbour making this a night to remember.
Where: 12micron, Tower 1, Level 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue
Dress Code: Great Gatsby 1920s theme –think flapper dresses and pearls, striped tuxedos, and fedoras
Tickets: $190 per person, including 4-hour food and beverage package.
Escape the hustle and bustle of NYE in the city with the New Year’s Eve in the Park festival in Victoria Park, Sydney.
A jam-packed line-up performing across two stages includes The Presets, The Jungle Giants, Hayden James, Hot Dub Time Machine and Thundamentals, among others, and a fireworks display will help count down the last minutes of 2018.
With street food, bars and plenty of room to relax on the grass or dance the night away, this festival is a great alternative to battling the heavy crowds that gather around the harbour.
Where: Victoria Park, corner of Paramatta Road and City Road, Camperdown
Dress code: Casual/festival attire
General admission tickets: $79 + booking fee (first release tickets)
VIP Tickets: $169 + booking fee, includes priority entry, VIP bars and toilets, VIP exclusive areas
Watch the one of the world’s best fireworks displays from these free vantage points around the city.
Bring a picnic rug, food and drinks, but make sure to arrive early, as many spots fill up quickly during the day.
Some spots are also alcohol-free and more family friendly, so plan ahead and choose a spot that caters to your needs for the night.
Also consider using public transport to get to and from your chosen vantage spot, as there are many road closures and high congestion in the city.
For views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
For views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
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