This will be my third NYE in Australia and my third in Sydney (I had the pleasure of snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef on NYE 2010 – 2011. This year I’ll be landing in Sydney at 10am on 31st ready to hit the ground running and to celebrate NYE with my friends in two.
When I first arrived in Sydney I would’ve had no idea as to how I was supposed to spend NYE in the magical city that is Sydney. Yeah sure Sydney Harbour is the obvious choice – but I thought I’d give you a little insight into the NYE celebrations that go somewhat against the grain and are a little lesser knows. If you have any suggestions that you’d like to add, please feel free to in the comments section below.
So here you have it Datinf101Sydney’s guide to NYE celebrations 2011 – 2012! Enjoy!
Sydney Harbour – Circular Quay
The most recognisable park of Sydney, not just at NYE, but anytime of the year, tourists, locals and residents flock in their tens of thousands to catch a glimpse of the fireworks, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
It is a sight to behold and certainly is one for the ‘bucket list’ I just warn you that you’ll have to get a spot from 11am to be able to see anything. The floor is uncomfortable, so take an inflatable chair/ bean bag/ cushion. It also gets progressively busier as the day goes on.
Best spot in my humble opinion are on the grass outside the Overseas Passenger Terminal, everyone flocks to the Opera House, when this area is closed off to the public on the day. Don’t go with the crowds, the bridge can be seen for miles, you won’t miss anything by going on the other side of circular quay.
Luna Park boasts unprecedented views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the North side of the Bridge – it’s not only the views that might entice you…
Harbour Party is inviting you to dance your way into the New Year with performances from world class musical acts plus the best views of the Sydney New Years Eve fireworks, at one of the most incredible locations the city has to offer: Sydney’s own Luna Park!
Cherry at The Star
Cherry is the latest bar to be revealed in The Star’s new redevelopment. An intimate cocktail bar located in the heart of Sydney’s new entertainment destination it offers guests stunning views across Sydney harbour and the city in luxurious style. Perfect to take in the NYE celebrations across Sydney with a vantage view point.
Cherry fuses a rich colour palate with sleek tones and modern textures. With a capacity for over 200, the welcoming yet semi-formal bar has a mixture of plush lounges, cosy corners, bar stools and elevated lounges.
The bar team at Cherry will be serving up quality beers, a selection of refined wine varietals and if there is a spirit Cherry doesn’t have, it’s not worth drinking. Guests can enjoy one of Cherry’s signature cocktails such as the Lemon Cherry Tart. This gem is made with Belvedere pure vodka, Mozart dry chocolate liqueur and dry vermouth, shaken with lemon juice and lemon butter served straight up as a martini and topped with cherry foam and brandied cherry.
Entertainment will also be one of the major appeals, with Sydney’s best DJ’s mixing tunes from Thursdays to Sundays. Resident DJ’s set the mood, from chilled house beats and funk and soul to pumping house party tunes.
The Ivy – Pool Club
The Ivy is widely regarded as one of Sydney’s best venues, it never fails to deliver! True – there can be the usual poser culprits that think that they’re better than everyone else, we just choose to ignore those types of have fun with our friends! This NYW The Ivy is celebrating with a Secret Garden Theme.
You can register for the ticket ballot here:
I will be heading to the Glenmore with my friends and boyfriend, it has the perfect view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Located in the Rocks, it’s in the heart of the action without being in the thick of it to the point of being stressful.
For $300 we have access to the roof top terrace, drinks for three hours and a glass of Moet to welcome in the New Year.
The Rocks is a great should for NYE, if you’re not able to get tickets to the Glenmore, there are plenty of other pubs in The Rocks that I would recommend to frequent:
- Hero of Waterloo
- The Heart
- The Australian
- The Argyle
- Lord Nelson
A great location at the tip of the Eastern Suburbs, views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge provide a great spot to watch the world renowned fireworks light up the sky.
It is important to note however that for this year there is a no alcohol rule for the area – so might be more of a family affair as opposed to a rowdy party with your mates.
If you are looking to welcome in 2012 with a glass of sparkling, Balmain might just be the answer. This quaint suburb just across the Anzac Bridge provides a perfect balance of space, alcohol being permitted and even views of the fireworks. Take a blanket, beers and nibbles and you can enjoy and relax in the knowledge you’re not going to be fighting for space and a good view.
Pyrmont Point again is an ideal location if you’re not concerned with ‘being in the thick of it ‘you will still be able to see the harbour bridge, but from the other (west) side.
You can get a bus, ferry or tram to the park that is located just behind The Star Casino. There’s also DIY BBQs installed if you fancy cooking up a storm whilst preparing to welcome 2012.
Other areas to think about
Town Hall Hotel
Ravisis Bondi Beach
Please feel free to e-mail me if you’d like more info! Dating101sydney (at) hotmail dot com