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Sydney — By Lauren Katulka on December 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

See Sydney Fireworks on New Years Eve for Nix | Best Vantage Points in the City

Sydney is infamous for hosting lavish parties and overpriced dinners on New Year’s Eve, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to ring in the New Year. There are actually 40 free vantage points for enjoying the 9 pm and midnight fireworks. Here are some of the best spots to soak up the festivities. Remember to wear something blue and arrive early to get the best view!


Bicentennial Park, Glebe
Around 3000 folks are set to cram into the park. Food and soft drink will be sold on site, but if you want some bubbly to toast at midnight you’ll need to bring that with you. For safety reasons, make sure you leave the glass at home and opt for plastic goblets. The only real downside here is the limited number of parking spaces. Your best bet is to catch public transport.

Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point
The park holds 12, 000 so make sure you arrive early. Once it reaches a safe capacity, security will turn people away. Alcohol, soft drinks, and food will all be sold on site, so BYO booze isn’t permitted. There’s absolutely no parking here but the reserve is only a short walk from North Sydney train station.

Campbells Cove, The Rocks
As it’s an alcohol-free zone, Campbells Cove is a great choice for families. Mobile vendors will serve up some tasty treats and non-alcoholic fizzy beverages. It’s not quite champers, but it’ll do the job! Again there’s no parking, but the cove is only a short walk from Circular Quay train station and ferry wharves.

Clarke’s Point, Hunters Hill
Bring along a picnic and a couple of bottles of bubbles to Clarke’s Point. Food and soft drinks will be on sale on the night, but there’s something lovely about indulging in your favourite cheeses, bickies, and some smoked salmon! Drivers can park on Boronia Park Ovals for $5 and then catch the STA shuttle bus to the point.

Duff Reserve, Point Piper
If you want to avoid the crowds, head to Duff Reserve. It has a capacity of just 100, which will be strictly enforced on the night. You’ll need to bring your own booze, nibbles, and perhaps most importantly, a torch. There’s no artificial lighting and 94 steps, so you’ll need it to see where you’re going.

Mrs Macquarie’s Point
This is one of the most managed sites, and with almost 20, 000 expected to turn out it’s not hard to see why. Consequently, you can’t bring your own alcohol, or glass. But you can take a picnic, cans of soft drink, and unopened plastic bottles. Food, soft drinks, and alcohol will also be sold on site. Bag checks will be in place, and security will refuse entry to any troublemakers. There are also no pass-outs permitted. The site has a limited number of disabled parking spaces (which must be prebooked), but most of us should stick to public transport.

Image source: City of Sydney New Year’s Eve media gallery

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