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Free and Affordable New Year's Eve Events around Sydney and NSW

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Published November 7th 2018
Top New Year's Eve Activities around Sydney and NSW

sydney new year eve fireworks
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney


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.

North Head

north head, manly, sydney, nsw
Photo courtesy of NSW National Parks


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)

Strickland House

new year's eve fireworks strickland house sydney
Photo courtesy of NSW National Parks


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)

Koshigaya Park

Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown, sydney
Photo courtesy of Campbelltown City Council


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

Wagga Skyworks

wagga skyworks
Photo courtesy of Thomas Bros Group


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

Blues Point Reserve

Blues Point Reserve sydney
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney


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)

Bayside Council Fireworks

bayside council nsw fireworks
Photo courtesy of Bayside Council


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.

Time: 9pm 9.30pm
Venue: Lady Robinsons Beach
Address: Brighton LeSands, NSW 2216
Phone: 1300 581 299

Shellharbour Club Fireworks

fireworks
Photo courtesy of Tourism Shellharbour


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.

Time: 10pm
Venue: Shellharbour Club
Address: 1 Wattle Road, Shellharbour NSW 2529
Phone: 02 4296 7155

Dubbo Fireworks

apex oval dubbo nsw
Photo courtesy of Austadiums


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.

Time: 5pm 10pm
Venue: Apex Park
Address: Cassia St, Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: 0437 847 263
Price: Adult $2, Child $1

Parramatta Park

parramatta park new year eve fireworks sydney
Photo courtesy of NSW Government


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

Darling Harbour

darling harbour sydney new year's eve fireworks
Photo courtesy of Destination NSW


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.

Time: 11am - 1.30am
Venue: Darling Harbour
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
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Why? Loads of free and affordable events to enjoy around Sydney and NSW this New Year Eve
When: New Year Eve
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