Sydney does many things right, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve it really knows how to show off. World-famous fireworks, killer harbour views and warm summer nights make it one of the world’s best cities to bring in the new year. But where to celebrate? Well, NSW national parks have the hottest spots with the best views.

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    Your own party island - Shark Island

    Fireworks from Shark Island

    Fireworks from Shark Island

    Johny Spencer (2017)

    If 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and world-class pyrotechnics don’t float your boat, you’re in the wrong city for NYE.

    On Shark Island, soak up the summer island atmosphere while enjoying one of Sydney Harbour’s best fireworks views. DJ Adi Toohey will provide the dancefloor tunes, plus Sydney’s own Recess DJs will warm up the night. BYO food (only), or devour sliders, fries and desserts from Slippin’ Sliders. There’s a cash bar and all tickets include ferry transfers to and from Rose Bay – too easy!

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    A classier party - Clark Island

    New Year's Eve from Clark Island

    Clark Island National Parks NYE party

    Edwina Pickles (2017)

    On Clark Island, you’re in for a fancier affair. A once-in-a-lifetime New Years experience, the island will be transformed into a lush garden paradise. Step off the ferry, pick up your outdoor chair and take in the sunset. Indulge in a three-course meal with a gourmet starter box and cocktail on arrival, then a choice of mains and desserts. Tunes provided by DJ Ariane and friends. A cash bar will serve up the drinks, and all tickets include ferry transfers to and from Circular Quay.

    There’s also a NYE party on Goat Island, but that has already sold out, so get in early for the other two. Check here for up to date info on ticket availability.

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    Family friendly options

    New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour

    Kelly Hulme (2016)

    Looking to bring in the new year with the fam? There are plenty of options at Bradleys Head on Sydney’s North Shore. There’s The Amphitheatre with live tunes and entertainment for all ages (sorry, The Amphitheatre is now sold out), The Mast Precinct for a spot on the upper road, boardwalk or grassy area, or Athol Lawn for a stress-free countdown with BYO picnic. Bradleys Head vantage points not only have primo views of the fireworks, but are spacious, comfy and super relaxed so kids can enjoy too.

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    A low-key vibe

    A view of Sydney from North Head

    Sydney from North Head.

    David Finnegan

    Keen to soak up the views of the harbour but after a low-key vibe? Book a spot at Nielsen Park in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for a BYO celebration. Bring a picnic, some drinks (remember, this is a family-friendly location) and raise a toast to the new year with family and friends.

    If you don’t want to head into the city (or book ahead), visit North Head in Manly for killer views of the city skyline and a more relaxed vibe with BYO food (no BYO alcohol at North Head) and picnic rug.


    So, there you have it. From epic harbour parties to low-key waterfront picnics, NSW National Parks has your 2017 New Year’s Eve sorted! Just remember, tickets sell out quickly so head to our website for info on ticket availability.