Sure, you’ve done the Mrs Macquarie’s Chair thing and the Opera House forecourt, but where to next? This year, catch the action from one of these lesser-populated spots, and actually, enjoy the fireworks.
In a fairly unassuming nook near Balmain, Birchgrove Park has some incredible views of the western side of the Bridge. The park can fit 5,000 NYE revellers but isn’t expected to, and with no alcohol permitted, it’s a great little low-key, family-friendly park to ring in the new year. Get your spot early, pack yourself an epic picnic and make a whole day of it.
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ
Sure the Cross has become a bit dead of late, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some great places to be found who will be able to serve you alcohol. Sweethearts is the rooftop venue above the Sugarmill and offers an incredible vantage point of the fireworks. This year, you’ll need to book ahead with their NYE Under the Stars featuring four hours of tasty barbecue, drinks and DJs on offer until late. Always known for a good chill party vibe, Sweethearts plus barbecue plus fireworks equals WIN! Find out more…
If Fido’s cool with fireworks – and let’s face it, not all are – one of the best spots to welcome in 2016 with your canine compadre is at the top of Sydney Park hill in St Peters. From there you’ve got killer fireworks views from every angle, and because it’s a little bit out of the craziness of the CBD, the crowds are reasonable and there’s lots of room to hang out and relax on a blanket with some bubbly.
Totally a secret and way cooler than the ugh-not-there-again Blues Point Reserve, there’s Cremorne Reserve. It does get a bit packed later in the day, so it’s a good idea to get there early, but always a good excuse for a family picnic. There are incredible views of the fireworks and harbour with a great chilled suburban vibe. Best advice if you’re coming here, though: catch public transport as parking is few and far between and the area is subject to road closures.
Glamping is the new hotness right now, and Cockatoo Island is THE place to be for New Year’s. Sure you can rock it all Iggy Azalea Fancy-style in a heritage house or apartment with your mates, but the Cockatoo Island’s glamping packages are perfect for you and your beau, or a group of four and whatever you get up to behind closed tent flaps. Glamping spots are located on the northern apron waterfront, so chill with some bubbly and ring in 2016 in style. Find out more…