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10 Free spots to enjoy New Year fireworks in Sydney

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations are underway in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Source: AAP Image/AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

Almost 1.5 million people will stuff into parks and beaches around Sydney Harbour to enjoy what debatably is the biggest New Year’s Evening Fireworks. Where are you going?

There are dozens of locations that offer a good view of the Harbour Bridge. The trick is to find the most convenient spot and arrive early. Here is your guide:

 

Where: Kirribilli

One of the most popular spots, Mary Booth Reserve becomes highly congested. One needs to arrive early to claim a place. It opens at 8 am and the entry is free. The capacity of this location is 4500 and last year it reached its capacity at 3 pm.

Alcohol is prohibited and so is camping. Also, there is no food for sale. Toilets are available.

Entry is on Fitzroy Street. Catch a train to Milsons Point which is less than 1km away.

More info: North Sydney Council on 99368100 or northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Sydney from Cremorne Point
Sydney from Cremorne Point
Flickr Martin7d2 (CC BY 2.0)

 

Where: Cremorne Point

One of the best views is offered by Cremorne Point. Although, trees can block the view for some yet it is very popular among Sydneysiders.

It opens at 1 pm and the entry is free. Its capacity is 7000 and food can be bought but no alcohol. Drinking is prohibited.

More info: North Sydney Council on 99368100 or northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Bradfield Park
Bradfield Park
Anthony Kernich (CC BY-SA 2.0)
 

 

Where: Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

With the capacity of 35000 people, Bradfield Park offers views of the eastern and western sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Entry is free and starts at 8 am. Again, alcohol is prohibited but the food is available for sale. Toilets are available.

Catch a train or bus to Milsons Point and North Sydney.

More info: North Sydney Council on 99368100 or northsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Birchgrove Park
Sydney Harbour Bridge from Birchgrove Park
Flickr Martin7d2 (CC BY 2.0)

Where: Birchgrove Park

It is a popular location for families. The spot offers a view of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It opens at 8 am but the roads are closed surround this site. And the entry is free.

Alcohol is allowed and one can bring portable BBQ along.

More info: Inner West Council, 02 9367 9222

 

Where: Blues Point Reserve, Blues Point Road, McMahons Point

This location can be highly congested as it offers magnificent views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It reached its capacity (15000) at 6 pm last year.

Alcohol is prohibited but the food is available for sale. Opening time is 8 am and the entry is free. There is no parking available so hop on a train to North Sydney.

More Info: North Sydney Council, 02 9936 8100

 

Where: Campbells Cove, Hickson Road, Sydney

Located east of The Rocks and north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, this spot offers great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. It can be very crowded. It reached its capacity (6000) at 5.15 pm last year.

Alcohol is not allowed. Pets and portable chairs are also prohibited. Toilets are available. Food is there too.

Opening time is 9.30 am and the entry is free.

 

Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney

A very popular spot as there is a light show before the fireworks start. With a huge capacity of 40,000, the location offers a great view of the fireworks.

No alcohol, though. Food is available for sale.

Opening time is 11 am and the entry is free. Car parking is available but spots are limited.

 

Where: East Esplanade, Manly

Away from city’s madness, this spot is considered good for the families with small kids as the festivities close with 9 pm fireworks.

With the capacity of 15000 people, the location opens at 1 pm. It is a smoke-free event and alcohol is prohibited too.

More info: Northern Beaches Council, 02 9976 1500

 

Where: Mort Bay Park, Cameron Street, Birchgrove

This spot is very popular with the families. It offers a direct view of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It has a capacity of 3000 people. Opening time is 8 am. Alcohol is prohibited.

More info: Inner West Council, 02 9367 9222

 

Where: North Head, Manly

North Head in Manly is a great place to see city’s skyline and offers a great view of Sydney Harbour Bridge to 2000 people.

Entry is free but no alcohol is allowed. No glass, no camping, no pass-outs, no pets, no busking. And there is no food for sale too.

Location is open from 5.30 pm.

More info: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, 1300 072 757

 

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