Top Spots to Spend New Year's Eve with Kids In Sydney 2020
Mums & Bubs
While we used to reflect on how New Year’s Eve was not quite as wild now than in our pre-children days, 2020 has brought a new level of tameness to our city's biggest night. While the legendary fireworks over Sydney Harbour will still illuminate the sky in a moving and magical spectacle for the whole family, things are definitely going to be different as we wave goodbye to a shocker of a year and wholeheartedly welcome a fresh, bright new 2021 - in a COVID safe way.
There are some big changes, a load of restrictions in place and some of our favourite events are not going ahead - but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!
While the second wave of coronavirus is sadly still happening, premier Gladys Berejiklian has assured us that the Sydney 2020 fireworks are definitely still going ahead. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and stay at home to watch the fireworks this year, but if you're curious as to what's happening with Sydney's New Year's fireworks, here's what we know so far.
What's Changed For New Years Eve 2020?
City and North Sydney
Sadly, for families with young kids, there will be no 9 pm fireworks display. There will be one 7-minute midnight fireworks display from the Sydney Harbour Bridge only. It will be broadcast on the ABC for everyone to watch at home.
There are no activities around the Harbour this year, and from 5 pm on Thursday 31 December, designated restriction zones will be set up around Circular Quay, North Sydney and the city to reduce large gatherings. YOU WILL NOT be allowed to enter these zones unless you have a valid New Year's Eve Pass.
North Sydney, Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Mary Booth Reserve, Quibaree Park, Kurraba Reserve and Cremorne Reserve will not be open to the public.
Unfortunately, previously set up vantage points around the Harbour for frontline workers as a gesture of gratitude for their tireless work throughout the year are no longer happening.
There will be no fireworks at 9 pm or midnight at Darling Harbour this year. Select venues will have New Year's Eve celebrations but again, we encourage everyone to stay home. Strict COVID-19 restrictions will be in place at the following venues:
I'm Angus Steakhouse will have their full a la carte menu available on New Year's Eve so you can celebrate the year ahead in style on Cockle Bay Wharf.
Atelier by Sofitel will host a delicious four-course feast prepared by Executive Chef Eric Costille. There is a special 2 course menu for kids.
Cost: Adults - $169pp, Kids - $59pp
The iconic Nick's Seafood Restaurant will also serve up a four-course extravaganza by the water at Cockle Bay Wharf. There is a special 3 course menu for kids, plus yummy Caramel Corn on arrival.
Cost: Adults - $195pp, Kids - $95pp
Are There Family Friendly Events For New Years Eve 2020?
Sydney's favourite amusement park is going ahead with a COVID-safe New Year's Eve extravaganza this year! With unlimited rides, exciting shows, classic carnival games and an enviable harbourside location with an unrivalled view of the midnight fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Parks' NYE Party is the place to be for a fun COVID-safe celebration. ALL guests must buy a ticket online in advance.
Cost: $129 per person
Enjoy a wild new year's eve at Taronga Zoo with spectacular views of the harbour and midnight fireworks, live entertainment and the chance to experience wildlife until dark on your NYE trail. Renowned as one of the most memorable foreshore venues for the big night, families can enjoy a fun, safe celebration in relaxed surroundings. You can bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks on-site.
Cost: Silver Reserve - Adults - $200; Children - $110; Families - $558. Under 3s FREE.
Westfield Bondi Junction might not sound like your dream New Years Eve venue, but Bondi Pizza is actually a family-friendly restaurant with a fun atmosphere and an incredible view of Sydney Harbour! Get ready to party with a glass of sparkling on arrival, unlimited drinks, a delicious 4 course meal, a live DJ and free parking.
Cost: Adults - $149; Kids - $49.
Best Vantage Points To See The New Years Eve Fireworks In Sydney
**WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS AT HOME THIS YEAR.**
Dudley Page Reserve - Dover Heights, Strickland House - Vaucluse, Duff Reserve - Point Piper, McKell Park or Yarranabbe Park - Darling Point.
Illoura Reserve - Balmain, Birchgrove Park - Birchgrove, Lookes Avenue Reserve - Balmain East, Simmons Point - Balmain East.
Bradleys Head - Sydney Harbour National Park, Taronga Zoo – Mosman. Blues Point Reserve in McMahon’s Point and Bradfield Park in North Sydney are closed for NYE 2020.
Views from the Water
Adventure Sails offer an unforgettable night on their cruise ship to view the fireworks from a clear vantage point on the water.
Captain Cook’s Cruises has a range of aquataiuuc adventures for New Years Eve starting from $399pp for a fireworks cruise aboard a Rocket ferry!
FantaSea NYECruises has New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise departing from Darling Harbour, Manly and Rose Bay for a family rate of $995.
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