It has been a difficult two years for Australians and Sydney knows it, going all out for their famous New Years celebration.
The Covid pandemic has made the two years difficult for most Australians, but as New Years Eve approaches, Sydney promises to ring in 2022 with its biggest fireworks display in history.
Last year, the booming Northern Beaches group triggered the cancellations of many events across town and those that did happen were reserved for the lucky few.
But this year, organizers have vowed to make the world-famous fireworks display bigger and better than ever for the thousands of people expected in the city.
The Welcome to Country family fireworks display, hosted by First Nations artist Blak Douglas, will begin at 9 p.m.
Then, three hours later, Sydney will prove again why its fireworks are considered one of the best in the world when the Opera House, Harbor Bridge and barges all over the harbor burst with pyrotechnics.
And while there are endless options to see the iconic show, these are some of the best ways to do it.
Sydney Harbor Marriott
In an effort to win over the New Years crowds, the Sydney Harbor Marriott is going all out and opening its secret rooftop on the 34th floor so that a limited number of guests can view the fireworks.
The hotel promises stunning rooftop views with Harbor Bridge View Rooms available starting at $ 1,959 a night.
The package also includes a seven-course tasting at the famous Silvester’s hotel restaurant.
Four Seasons Sydney
Four Seasons is in one of Sydney’s best fireworks locations with panoramic views of the Harbor, Circular Quay and the Rocks. The hotel also offers tickets to First Fleet Park for the fireworks display.
One of Sydney’s finest hotels, the Shangri-La also offers stunning views of Sydney’s fireworks as you sit back from your room and watch the Harbor Bridge light up at midnight.
Harbourview Rooms are available from $ 995 a night, with a two-night minimum stay over New Years.
Shangri-La also offers a number of New Years Eve dining experiences with the hotel’s Altitude Restaurant, located 36 floors above the harbor, offering an eight-course dining experience with food and wine pairing for $ 2,250 with a guaranteed window seat.
Or, if you prefer to enjoy the view from your own room, the hotel also offers in-room dining options.
Sydney Harbor Rydges
Located in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district, the Rydges also offers a perfect view for the fireworks with views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.
Luxury Sydney Cruise
If you prefer to watch the fireworks from the water, Sydney Luxury Cruise has a number of options for boat enthusiasts.
the MV Bel can accommodate up to six people and is inspired by a traditional Venetian-style motor cruiser.
The cruise runs from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., includes a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, and is BYO for food and drink. It costs $ 8,500 for a group of six.
The company also organizes a cruise on Hi MV, it suits you and 11 of your friends.
For $ 10,000, you’ll have six hours in the harbor to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks.
The best places to watch The Rocks fireworks
The Rocks has some of the best vantage points in town to watch this year’s fireworks display and has six paid places.
Campbell’s Cove ($ 25 for adults, $ 10 for children / concession)
East Circular Quay ($ 25 for adults, $ 10 for children / concession)
West Circular Quay ($ 25 for adults, $ 10 for children / concession)
Dawes Point Park ($ 12.50 for adults, $ 7.50 for children / concession)
Pier 2 ($ 25 for adults, $ 10 for children / concession)
Hickson Road Reserve ($ 50 for adults, $ 25 for children / concession)
Only ticket holders for these six locations or with confirmed restaurant, bar or hotel tickets (and residents) will be able to enter The Rocks.
Dine and Discover vouchers can be used on tickets.
The best botanical garden events to watch the fireworks
Few places in Sydney offer better views than the Royal Botanic Gardens, with the sprawling grounds making up much of Sydney Harbor.
This year, the garden is hosting five different events, each varying in price and experience.
- Point – Located on the water’s edge, you’ll have a front row seat to this year’s fireworks display. For $ 385, you’ll have access to shows, food, bars, and fireworks views from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- View from the bridge – Located on Tarpein Lawn, you’ll be surrounded by pop-up bars and food, and you’ll receive a gourmet picnic basket upon arrival. The event costs $ 260 per ticket.
- Lawn with a view – If you wanted a relaxed event, Bennelong Lawn hosts a waterside picnic for New Year’s revelers. Tickets are $ 260.
- Foundation picnic and friends – This exclusive picnic is reserved for members of the Botanical Garden Foundation and their friends. The event takes place on the Mares and Foals Lawn and tickets cost $ 130.
- Gold harbor view – Make the New Year the way you want by creating your own place at Mrs Macquaries Point. Tickets cost $ 150 and you’ll have access to wine bars, food trucks, and amenities.
- Argent harbor view – If you want to save a bit of cash, tickets to Mrs Macquaries Point are also available for $ 40, located a little further into the park but perfect for large groups.