When the last day of the year finally arrives, it also brings a sense of hope and anticipation for what lies ahead in the upcoming year. More importantly, it offers us one last opportunity to spend quality time with friends or family before stepping into the New Year. We’re an online community of locals and expats who share a common love for exploring and suggesting the best activities and destinations around Sydney and if you haven’t decided on what to do for New Year's Eve 2022, this article might come handy.
Fun fact: Did you know that over a million people flock to Sydney Harbour to witness the fireworks display every year?
Celebrate onboard the New Year Cruises
The fireworks of Sydney are hailed as one of the best in the world and that might well be true. So let's cut to the chase, the best way to experience this splendid pyrotechnic show is to take to the waters on board Sydney Harbour Cruise. First things first, book early. These are some of the hottest attractions for New Year’s Eve (NYE) and they will sell out quickly, so the ideal thing to do is book in advance, the sooner the better. Cruise on some of the most eye-catching vessels like the premium glass boats, the authentic paddlewheeler or the modern catamarans to enjoy an exclusive view of both the firework displays (9 pm and Midnight). These New Year’s Eve Cruises also offer unparalleled views of the illuminated opera House and Harbour Bridge, along with a classy dinner and fine selection of beverages. And that best part is that you don't necessarily need a huge budget to tick this off your list!
Be a Slave to the Rhythm
If you’re familiar with Sydney, you may already be well aware that our NYE is so much more than the iconic fireworks display. Come the last day of the year, NYE dinners, exclusive concerts and events, club nights and booze parties will lift off until the early hours of the morning! One unmissable joint within the city is Home, one of the city’s only superclubs. This multi-level venue overlooking Darling Harbour, offers light shows, luminous wall art, and waterfront outdoor space, and happens to be one of the largest venues in the Southern Hemisphere. This massive venue is guaranteed to pull out the stops on the 31st with DJs playing your favourite tunes and more, until till early morning, all you need to do is dress up and arrive!
Catch a Show at Opera House
Watching a show at the legendary Opera House is something you might have done already, especially if you're a resident, but something that always gets lost in oblivion is that you can actually enjoy a performance which also perfectly pauses to watch the fireworks! There are many packages available including the popular ones which includes canapes, drinks and a stellar view. Even if you're not interested in a show you can catch the firework display from a chief position at the NYE Portside party where the platform is right opposite to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Add that to DJs, Bongo players and a whole lot of champagne!
NYE outside the Central Business District
Another excellent choice for families, this wild welcoming of New Year includes hawks and warbles of night animals at the Taronga Zoo. From an overnight Wildlife Retreat to a unique dining experience at a rooftop ballroom, the events here are perfect to ring in the New Year. Sip on some fine wines and enjoy a delicious fare while you wait for the midnight fireworks show, which you can enjoy from its strategic foreshore venue.