Want to be close to the action? The Sydney Opera House is where it’s at, but it’s also where most of the population of Sydney are too… Still, you could rock up nice and early and grab a front row seat. The Opera Bar throws a great beach party too for pre and post fireworks goodness.
The Harbour Islands are a great place to take in the action from a distance. While you won’t get the immediacy of the fireworks, you’ll be able to see everything at once. Goat Island and Shark Island are perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket – particularly the latter, as there is almost nothing on the tiny island. Cockatoo Island is another popular option, and their New Year’s Eve party is off the chain!
Another option would be Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, as it’s generally where the most popular NYE events unfold. Expect it to be a cosy, shoulder to shoulder experience wherever the bridge can be seen clearly.
As a last resort, if you’re not Sydney/Australia, or are terrified of crowds or loud noises, then you can watch the festivities unfold via Telstra’s live stream on YouTube or through their app.