Tips for watching the New Year fireworks show in Sydney

fireworks over the harbor by david_hwang/Flickr

fireworks over the harbor by david_hwang/Flickr

Every year on the 31st of December, Sydney enters the competition for the best New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the world. The Sydney Harbor becomes a huge, open-air scene for an impressive pyrotechnic display, and thousands, if not millions of people flock to Sydney to witness the event. Although anyone with a TV or internet access can watch the New Year fireworks in Sydney today, it still doesn’t live up to the experience of actually being there. So for those anxious to be among the first to salute the New Year and join the big crowds gathered around Sydney Harbor, here are a few tips for watching the New Year fireworks show in Sydney:

Location, timing and duration

The pyrotechnic show takes place every year in the same place, the Sydney Harbor, having the Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House in the background. One characteristic of Sydney’s NY fireworks show is that there much of the pyrotechnic installments will be on Harbor Bridge.

fireworks over the harbor by david_hwang/Flickr

fireworks over the harbor by david_hwang/Flickr

One important thing to keep in mind is that there are actually two fireworks shows on the New Year’s Eve: one is a children’s edition, starting at 9 pm, and the other one is the actual show, which starts at midnight. The fireworks themselves won’t last more than 15 minutes, but you should definitely consider the time it takes you to get there and to find the ideal spot, especially on a busy night like this, with millions of people on the streets.

What to bring

Well, you won’t probably need to carry too many things with you for a 15 minute show. Nevertheless, you have to keep in mind that it gets quite hot in Sydney in December so it would be good idea to carry some water. Also, it can get cool at night so a second layer won’t do you any harm. There are also some restrictions imposed by the organizers to consider, which state that participants are not allowed to carry alcohol (exceptions do exist, just check the official maps and guides) or glass recipients at the venue.

showtime by HerryLawford/Flickr

showtime by HerryLawford/Flickr

Best places to watch the fireworks

Of course, one important thing to mention when it comes to tips for watching the New Year fireworks show in Sydney is where to get the best views. The great advantage of watching the fireworks display in Sydney is that vantage points are distributed all over the harbor – there are over 50 such especially designated places, most of them free of charge.

Perfect fireworks view by HerryLawford/Flickr

Perfect fireworks view by HerryLawford/Flickr

If you are looking for a really special experience, you can book a place on of of the ocean (harbor) facing restaurant terraces, one of the few small islands in the harbor or rent a boat – but all these imply some extra costs.

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