New Year’s 2017 in Sydney

New Years comes but once a year, so it’s worth making the festivities memorable. After having struck off 3 in the list of top 10 places to celebrate New Years Eve, we wanted to ring in 2017 with the firework display at the Sydney Harbour. Ironically you could be in Sydney on New Years eve and still not see the fireworks. Planning the new years eve was more involved than planning the three week vacation in Australia. When the clock struck 12 and the sky lit up with the most spectacular fireworks; the Harbour, Sydney bridge and the opera house looked even more beautiful. Luckily our research paid off, we had the best view of the fireworks, with a very entertaining evening without paying through our nose. Read on for why Celebrating New Years evening at the Sydney Opera Bar worked out so well…

15774748_1364342506944313_3204400520889797593_oSydney is one of the first capital cities in the world to greet in the New Year and NYE fireworks displays are spectacular and that’s all we wanted to see.


While there are a lot of free vantage points that offer amazing view of the fireworks display, there are restrictions on alcohol consumption or you have to queue up for hours to secure the right spot. After a lot of research and thoughts, we decided to spend $$ and book Opera Bar for NYE 2016 and it was a great decision. We had the best fireworks display…


Opera Bar NYE is one of the biggest and best parties in Sydney and the theme for NYE2016 was Endless Summer, smart casual attire with a splash of summer color.

We booked Opera Bar after thorough research on different TripAdvisor forums and it was very helpful. The keys things we was looking for –

  1. Good view
  2. No waiting time
  3. No long queues
  4. No crying kids
  5. Value for money


  • Best view to NYE fireworks
  • Separate entrance to the event – no long queues
  • Private area with limited number of guests
  • Loads of canapes / food options – included in the ticket
  • Free Style Bar for all guests giving away accessories for some extra Summer glam
  • Decent crowd
  • Great entertainment, with loads of live acts which kept everyone occupied till mid night


  • Expensive Tickets – $880 for 2 people
  • Drinks were NOT included – 750ml bottle of Mumm Brut for $99 and Mumm Rose Magnums 1.5lt for $199
  • Music could have been better
  • Party finishes at 2am, too early for NYE 😉






Some other options we explored before booking Opera Bar were as follows –

Whatever you fancy just book it in advance, it gets sold out very quickly.

If you do not want to spend money, you can take a good place for free but it would take your whole day.  People start occupying the prime spots from morning.

Official website for best vantage points –


No matter what you decide, Sydney is the perfect place to celebrate New Years!!


If you are still not convinced check out this video on the full firework display of NY 2017…


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