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New Year's in Sydney

created by guest on 2015-07-06

New Year's in Sydney

New Year’s Eve in Sydney is all about the spectacular fireworks display and the parade of lights on the harbor. If you are in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, make sure that your plans are focused around this central event of the night. Be careful, because traffic rules change on New Year’s Day. Walking and Public Transport are the only ways to get around the city, since cars are banned and certain roads are closed. There is also a change in public transport schedules and routes so make sure you're well informed in advance. The City of Sydney runs a website that provides information and tips for travelers: http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/.

Once you have these basics right, make sure you select the best vantage point for viewing the fireworks. Arrive early for a good spot, and be sure to get a good view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is a fireworks display for families around 9 pm, and the big extravaganza at midnight, when all the party people take over the city.

If you'd like to avoid the hassle of finding a spot, simply book a place in the Lawn with a View, organized in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Book in advance, as places are sold out very quickly. Or you can enjoy the view of the festivities from one of the restaurants along Circular Quay. The Aria, the Sailors Thai Canteen, and the Quay Restaurant, the pick of Sydney's fine dining scene, are all located here.

Glass is banned and you are not allowed to bring your own alcohol. Circular Quay is one of the main congregation points, with lots of revelers. Most locals pick up a picnic hamper from the David Jones Store before heading to the harbor to see the festivities.

Although all of Sydney is a party, if you want to let your hair down in style, head to the Establishment Bar in the eponymous hotel. The Establishment Hotel is one of the best (and more expensive) accommodations in Sydney. The Ravesis on Bondi Beach gives you an excellent view of the festivities from the hotel itself.

You can start New Year’s Day at Paddington Markets, getting breakfast at one of the many cafes there. The Tiger Mottle Coffee Shop, located in the area, is also very popular among residents.
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