Top Spots to Spend New Year's Eve with Kids In Sydney 2019

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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, add sparkle and magic to the Sydney skyline, so check out our top spots to see Sydney’s fireworks! 

CITY / HARBOUR

Spend New Year at Darling Harbour on 31st December from 7pm to 1.30am, 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. There will be a fireworks every hour from 7pm and a fireworks show 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). You can take a 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 get in quick because it sells out early!

The luxury and location of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney make it an unforgettable place to spend New Year’s Eve. The whole family will love viewing the world-renowned midnight fireworks from this prime spot 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.

The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is also a great place to have a relaxed, yet special, dinner with the kids. Guests at Mode Kitchen & Bar will be treated to a three or four-course degustation menu created by Head Chef Francesco Mannelli including delectable dishes such as; Sydney Rock Oysters, Raw Scampi, Radish & Sea Succulents and Grilled Wagyu Mayura Station Tri Tip MB9. There is a family friendly dining time of 5-7.30pm but make sure you book now!

We love this event at the Maritime Museum where you can bring the kids to with roving character performers and a bubble artist and take some happy snaps in the photo booth. Plus, there's face painting, a DJ and dancing, and acro-fire dancing duo. Indulge in a bountiful seaside feast plus a special kids menu, and entertainment for all ages away from the crowds on our beautiful Darling Harbour foreshore. Here you'll be able to view the spectacular 9pm Cockle Bay fireworks away from the crowds in the exclusive foreshore zone. The first 200 Premium Package bookings will view fireworks from HMAS Vampire helideck. How cool is that! 

At Sydney Tower Eye you'll get a birdseye view of the 9pm Sydney Harbour fireworks display from 250 metres above the city streets from the observation deck. Tickets are $100 per adult, $65 per child if you book online now. 

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Royal Botanic Gardens with events for families and some adults-only luxurious ones too!  The Calyx Garden Party, in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden is a luxurious cocktail party combining New Year’s Eve celebrations with carnivorous plants. The more family-friendly 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.

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!


Sydney Harbour  Fireworks NYE

EASTERN SUBURBS

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 $40, Concession/ Students $20, kids under 5 are free. Book your tickets for New Nears Eve at Dudley Page Reserve.

Other top vantage points: Strickland House - Vaucluse, Duff Reserve - Point Piper, McKell Park or Yarranabbe Park - Darling Point.

INNER WEST

You can’t beat Birchgrove Park for a clear view of the Harbour Bridge. There's a laid back, festive vibe, but it does get busy with crowds of around 5000 expected. It’s FREE and BYO.

Other top vantage points: Illoura Reserve - Balmain, Birchgrove Park - Birchgrove, Lookes Avenue Reserve - Balmain East, Simmons Point - Balmain East. 

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Parramatta
 

WEST

Update: Parramatta Council has cancelled its NYE celebrations due to a total fire ban in the area.

Though you won’t have harbour glimpses, Parramatta will be an explosion of light and colour as we farewell 2019 and ring in 2020! Bring your picnic rug and settle in for an evening of FREE family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta Park hosts one of Sydney’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations. There will be two stages to keep audiences on their feet from 5pm to 9pm, plus a kids stage, roving entertainment and workshops at Coronation Hill. At 9pm the evening with close with a huge fireworks finale featuring three amazing displays!

SOUTH WEST

There’s no better place in south-west Sydney to celebrate the biggest night on the calendar than with NYE at 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.

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, amusement rides and carnival games, children’s activities including face painting and air brush tattoos and camel rides! Kids can meet some of their favourite superheroes or try out the glam glitter bar.

Illuminate NYE Fairfield Council

NORTH SHORE

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 until the new year kicks off with a bang! Head to Athol Lawn for breathtaking views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. This alcohol-free zone will ensure everyone can relax in a safe environment and find a little slice of paradise in the park to spend New Year's Eve. Tickets are $99.50 for a family of four. Buy tickets for New Years Ever at Bradleys Head: Athol Lawn (this does not include 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! Get a drink on arrival 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. A family ticket will cost you $420. Contact The Greens North Sydney for tickets.

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

NORTHERN BEACHES

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 northernmost 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 vantage points: Manly Cove – Manly.

SUTHERLAND SHIRE

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.

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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