Top Spots to Spend New Year's Eve 2018 in Sydney with Kids

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By: ellaslist team
Nov 28, 2018

Sydney New Year’s Eve may be somewhat tamer than in the days pre-children but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! There are heaps of great vantage points around Sydney for watching the family friendly 9pm fireworks, which let families with young children enjoy an eight minute display and travel home before the late-night crowds arrive. Some events start even earlier with rides, food and entertainment from 4pm to allow the little ones to have heaps of New Year’s Eve fun before an early bed-time.

The legendary fireworks, set to popular music, adds sparkle and magic to the Sydney skyline, so check out our top spots to see Sydney’s fireworks! 


Ring in the New Year at Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights. This event is perfect for families and includes free kids rides, food stalls, jumping castle, face painting, music, dancing, a licensed bar (no BYO) and relaxed family entertainment plus amazing views of the harbour fireworks – all in a fun and controlled environment. The atmosphere is laid back and local with a very family friendly vibe. Parking is limited so leave the car at home if you can. Tickets for adults cost $35, kids under 5 are free. 

Our top pick for New Years in the East has to the family rave put on by Big Fish Little Fish at Coogee Diggers Club. This event is hosted by ravin' mad djs - Nik Fish! Dress in your favourite sparkly, shiny or gold outfit and let's have some family friendly fun from 3pm-7pm before heading on down to the 9pm fireworks on Coogee Beach. There's even a kid-friendly 'midnight' countdown at 6pm. How cute!

Soak in the sand sand sea water at Coogee Pavilion and Coogee Rooftop. A perfect view of the Coogee fireworks, and cocktails in the summer breeze. The Coogee Sparkles NYE fireworks are always a hit for local families- watch them from the sand, or from Goldstein Reserve. 

Other top spots with awesome vantage points: Strickland House, Duff Reserve Point Piper & McKell Park- Darling Point.


You can’t beat the views at Birchgrove Park. It’s a clear view to the Harbour Bridge from this park and it’s BYO. It’s laid back here and very festive, but it does get busy with crowds of around 5000 expected. However, it’s FREE.

Other top spots: Illoura Reserve – Balmain; Birchgrove Park- Birchgrove, Lookes Avenue Reserve - Balmain East, Simmons Point - Balmain East. 


Though you won’t have harbour glimpses, Parramatta will be an explosion of light and colour as we farewell 2018 and ring in 2019! Bring your picnic rug and settle in for an evening of family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta hosts one of Sydney’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations.

There will be live music, yummy food stalls (including dinner options and tasty snacks like slow cooked meats, donuts, milkshakes and fresh lemonade), amusement rides, DJ’s, roving entertainers, and plenty of room to settle in and get in prime viewing position at the three fireworks firing locations! At Parramatta Park, from 4pm, this is a FREE event!


There’s no better place in south west Sydney to celebrate the biggest night on the calendar than with NYE Light Up The Lake! Overlooking Chipping Norton Lake, this is a fun and FREE night of great entertainment, exciting rides, amazing food and a spectacular family fireworks show at 9pm. More TBA. 

Illuminate NYE is another great event run by Fairfield Council- this ticketed event will treat families to fireworks launching from 9 different sites at 9pm. There will be live entertainment, free amusement rides, children’s activities, animal exhibits and stock whip demonstrationsso get down to Calmsley Hill City Farm!


Located within Sydney Harbour National Park, Bradleys Head will be transformed this New Years Eve into a family friendly playground of light. There will be live music and entertainment to while down the moments until the new year kicks off with a bang! Head to Athol Lawn for exceptional and breathtaking views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Find your own little slice of paradise in the park to spend New Years Eve. This alcohol free zone will ensure everyone can relax in a safe environment. Tickets are around $89 for a family of four. Buy tickets online here. (FYI tickets to Athol Lawn don't give you access to the Mast Precinct or the Amphitheatre at Bradleys Head.)

The Greens - North Sydney is hosting a super family friendly carnival under the stars! On arrival you'll receive a glass of Chandon or a pint of Heineken, then indulge in extravagant food stations and an array of roaming entertainers. There'll be goodie bags for the kids, face painters, balloonists, live music and a silent disco from 10pm, as well as the best, unobstructed view of the Sydney fireworks display, plus a few more surprises. A family ticket will cost you $420. Book your tickets here

Other top spots: Blues Point Reserve – McMahon’s Point, Bradfield Park – North Sydney, Taronga Zoo – Mosman.


Celebrating New Years Eve in Manly? Meet at North Head to enjoy the amazing panorama and the colourful fireworks on the harbour. Situated on the northern most edge of the harbour and far from the hectic city crowds, North Head is a fantastic place to count down the New Year in style. It’s free, smoke-free and no bookings are required but it gets BUSY and there’s no parking- public transport is the way to go! BYO food and beverages - but bear in mind North Head is an alcohol-free zone.

Other top spots: Manly Cove – Manly.


Westfield Miranda is throwing an entertainment-filled party with the only free NYE fireworks display in the Sutherland Shire. From 4pm, expect live music, sideshow games, carnival food and more. For the kids, there will be plenty of fun including live shows from Paw Patrol, Smurfs and Dora the Explorer and face painting. The fireworks will go off at 9pm, closing the night with an incredible display for the whole family to enjoy from the rooftop. For more infomation, click here.


Spend New Year at Darling Harbour on 31 December from 7pm to 1.30 am, and be a part of one of the most talked-about celebrations in the world! This FREE event is family friendly with glass and BYO alcohol bans in public spaces, and fireworks every hour from 7pm and fireworks shows on Cockle Bay at 9pm and midnight. There’s capacity for 40,000 people at this venue- so the vibe will be incredible!

Barangaroo Reserve is perhaps the best and most affordable family place to view the fireworks ($41 for adults, $5.65 for kids). Bring your picnic rug and settle in on the Walumil and Stargazer lawns and enjoy light entertainment, family-friendly alcohol-free zones and licenced areas. Food and beverages can be purchased onsite including oysters with Mumm champagne or Chur Burger and even special kids' meals. Only 10,000 tickets are available so book early to avoid disappointment.

The luxury and location of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney make it an unforgettable spot to spend New Year’s Eve. The whole family will love viewing the world-renowned midnight fireworks from this prime location in The Rocks, with easy access to harbourside locations and all of the fun in Circular Quay. The hotel is offering 3-night stay packages to fulfil all of your New Year's Eve needs, making it the perfect base for your family celebrations.

We love this event at the Maritime Museum where you can bring the kids to mingle with shark sculptures, join the flash dance mob, have fun in the photo booth, face painting, bubble artist, DJ, and acro-fire duo Razed in Flames. Here you'll be able to view the spectacular 9pm Cockle Bay fireworks away from the crowds in the exclusive foreshore zone. And the first 200 "Yachts Package" bookings will view fireworks from HMAS Vampire's helideck. How cool is that! 

Sydney Tower Eye has some super cool options for NYE celebrations with views over the city from the observation deck. Tickets are $100 per adult, $65 per child if you book online now. 

Celebrate New Years Eve at the Royal Botanic Gardens with events for families and some adults only luxurious ones too! We love the sound of The Calyx party, in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden. This luxurious cocktail party combines New Year’s Eve celebrations with carnivorous plants. Exciting! 

The Lawn With The View offers a relaxed, picnic style celebration next to the Sydney Opera House. There will be an onsite bar, and gourmet picnic hampers for sale. This is your more family-friendly event.

Grab your blanket and see the fireworks from Pirrama Park wharf, Pyrmont for a wharf-viewing of the fireworks, and a modern-Asian inspired menu by Jimmy Liks. This event is ticketed, so get in quick as there is only capacity for 650 people!

Views from the Water

Better still – enjoy the fireworks from a Ferry! Tickets for some trips start from just $175 and family discounts are available for 9pm trips only. Bookings essential. 

Adventure Sails is also offering an unforgettable night on their cruise ship to view the fireworks from a clear vantage point on the water.

Captain Cook’s Cruises is offering a snazzy night with indoor and outdoor seating.

FantaSea NYE Cruises offering experiences ranging from 90 minutes onboard up to 7 hours.

Some Extras

NSW National Parks has a list of the best vantage points to see the fireworks in parks- including the Clark Island Garden Party, the Goat Island Party, The Shark Island Party and NYE at Nielsen Park.

The City of Sydney offers a complete list of all the vantage points to view the fireworks and some aerial displays too! 

If you plan to have a quiet one with the kids and stay home, click here for the best ways enjoy the action via live-streaming and TV.

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