(Closed) Spending NYE in Sydney, calling out to Aussie Bees for help!

posted 8 years ago in Australia
Post # 3
1104 posts
Bumble bee

I’m an Aussie who has never spent NYE in Sydney 🙂 But yes it will be expensive and yes you need to book now. I’d look at wotif.com.au and expedia.com.au, you might also want to sign up to the travelzoo emails. There will be public transport if you are well out of the city centre and want to go in to watch the fireworks. It will be like most other big cities on NYE (crowded, drunken, etc). Your other option would be to spend the night in whichever area you end up staying it – we spent a very memorable NYE sitting in a spa somewhere in the Blue Mountains. Good luck!

Post # 5
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ok, i am going to try and help out here as i am currently sitting in my living room and if i go onto my balcony i can see the city and if i was up a few floors, i could see the bridge, but alas im not!!

For the past 5 years I have avoided Sydney on NYE like the plague! Having said that, it is apparently one of the best fireworks displays in the world! And it is one of the first so people tend to get to see it all around the world during the day of NYE.

There is SO much public transport in Sydney to get into the city, especially on NYE! Usually the public transport at peak hour in Sydney is pretty rubbish, but its like when we have guests (olympics, NYE etc) we put on the good show!

You can stay as far out as Parramatta (around an hour and a half drive to Sydney) and still legitimately go into the city for the fireworks. Please DO NOT drive, all the streets are closed off to cars for about 5km around the city and also in a lot of harbour areas around the city, so there is absolutely no parking and traffic is crazy.

The transport info-line is very helpful: http://www.131500.com.au and the city of sydney website also has some handy tips: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/NYE/2010/

PM me if you find somewhere and would like an opinion 🙂 My Mum and Dad are already staying at our unit!


Post # 7
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im not sure if they would but, If you want me to save you an international call I can call them and find out?

Post # 9
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I’m a bit late to this thread – but I have spent a few NYE-venings out in Sydney – the best one we experienced was packing up a BIG picnic spread, heading to the Harbour Bridge (near the rocks end) and camping out under the grass from the early hours of the afternoon. We had a spot overlooking the water, directly under the bridge pylon, and just laid in the sunshine all afternoon. By evening there was quite a lot of entertainment going on around us – lots of food and drink and icecream stalls parked up nearby too. It was free, so that’s always a bonus. Sydney on NYE gets so pricy, but it’s a fabulous experience!

Post # 10
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I second jaguar’s post – i would avoid any paid activities on NYE in sydney cause they are all massive gouge.  I paid $180 to get into a bar where there was supposed to be free champagne all night….surprise! it was all gone by 9:00pm and i spent the night waiting at the bar to buy $20 cocktails.  just wander the city if you don’t get a spot on the grass – its an amazing night!

ps. OP – have you got a place to stay on NYE?????

Post # 12
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

hi Pinkshoes – PM me, i might be able to help you out 🙂


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