New Year's Eve draws over a million people to the foreshore of Sydney for events and the massive fireworks display at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the largest public event in Australia and can be enjoyed from some 51 vantage points around Sydney. There are also many options around New South Wales for those who can't make the annual pilgrimage into the city. Whether you're looking for activities for the family or welcoming the new year with friends, here are some of the top free and affordable events to make your 31st December a fantastic one.
Welcome the New Year with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour and the city skyline from North Head in Manly for free. In this tranquil and relaxed place away from the city's busy crowds and chaotic traffic, you and your family can enjoy a picnic while awaiting the spectacular fireworks display at midnight. This alcohol and drug-free event is perfect for families. Visit the website for more details.
Time: 5.30pm - 12.20am Venue: North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park Address: North Head, Manly NSW 2095 Phone: 02 9337 5511 (Nielsen Park office), 02 9960 6266 (Middle Head office)
For a one-of-a-kind spectacular, Strickland House in Vaucluse offers a magnificent view of the Harbour. Far from the city crowds and chaos of the inner CBD, the Sydney Harbour National Park is a great alternative to spending your night out. It's surrounding lush gardens are perfect to set down a picnic and take in the picturesque panorama. To say goodbye to 2018 and to welcome in the New Year of 2019, enjoy an extravagant display of the fireworks at this family-friendly viewpoint. Visit the website to purchase your tickets and for more information.
Time: 5.30pm - 12.30am Venue: Strickland House
Address: 52 Vaucluse Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030
Phone: 02 9337 5511 (Nielsen Park office), 02 9960 6266 (Middle Head office)
Price: Adult $38.23, Children (5-15 years) $22.43 (All prices are inclusive of GST and service fees)
Campbelltown City Council is serving up a free night of entertainment starting from 7pm on New Year's Eve. Two impressive firework displays will light up the night while a carnival with food and market stalls, live performances from local performers, high profile bands and a children's show will entertain both young and old. This is an alcohol and drug-free event, so it's the perfect place to welcome in the New Year with family and friends. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 12am
Venue: Koshigaya Park
Address: Cnr of Hurley St and Camden Rd, Campbelltown 2560
Phone: 02 4645 4517
This free community event celebrates the advent of New Year with a range of activities and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy in the City of Wagga Wagga. Anticipating over 25,000 attendees, this event features amusement rides, water-based entertainment, food vendors, local music performances and breathtaking fireworks. Proceeds from fundraising and donations will go to the Country Hope charity. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 4pm – 11.59pm
Venue: Apex Park
Address: 43 Eastlake Dr, Lake Albert NSW 2650
Phone: 02 6926 0500
Spend your New Year's Eve at one of the most breath-taking harbourside locations in Sydney. With a spectacular view of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, the night can only get better with a live DJ, dancefloor, colourful performers, face and body painting, a circus playground and food trucks offering some scrumptious cuisine. Visit the website for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Time: 4pm – 1am
Venue: Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point
Address: Henry Lawson Avenue and Blues Point Road, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Price: Adult $43.65, Children (3 –15 years) $22.95 (All prices are inclusive of booking fees)
Head over to the scenic beachfront stretching from Kyeemagh to Ramsgate for a fireworks display on New Year's Eve. Organised by the Bayside Council, the extravagant firework display will decorate the night sky. Head down to Lady Robinsons Beach for the best view of the magnificent fireworks. It is also the venue for the Bayside Council's Christmas celebrations/ For more information, visit the website.
If you're in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, then join the Shellharbour community as they welcome the New Year with fireworks. This free pyrotechnic display at 10pm is brought to you by the Shellharbour Club. Visit the website for more details.
If you're in Dubbo, then head on down to Apex Park for the New Year's Eve fireworks. Organise a picnic or grab some feed from the stalls and enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks which will light the way into the new year at 9pm. Adults enter for just $2 and kids enter for $1. For more information, visit the website.
Bid farewell to 2018 with a free New Year's Eve party at the world heritage listed Parramatta Park. Watch the sky erupt in a colourful display of fireworks and enjoy a variety of family-friendy activities and entertainment. Amusement rides, live music and performers, a range of dinner and delectable treats and three dazzling firework displays to finish the night on a high note. Visit the website for more information.
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Venue: Parramatta Park
Address: Pitt Street and Macquarie Street Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 1300 617 05
Spend the evening at Darling Harbour where free flame and fireworks shows are the major attraction. You can enjoy these displays every hour from 7pm while awaiting the highlight at 9pm and 12am at Cockle Bay. There's plenty to keep everyone entertained between the shows from the mall and eateries surrounding Darling Harbour. Visit the website for more information.