New Year's Eve

See the spectacular 2023 Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks from four fantastic free vantage points across the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain Sydney. 

View of NYE Fireworks from Bennelong Lawn

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Mrs Macquarie’s Point and Fleet Steps: entry via Mrs Macquaries Road
  • Tarpeian Lawn and Bennelong Lawn: entry via Macquarie Street

Sunday 31 December 2023


11am to 12.30am



Getting here

Public transport recommended

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2023 with views of the iconic Sydney fireworks from free viewing areas across The Domain and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Set up your picnic rug at one of four vantage points and enjoy views to the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Harbour fireworks. 

All viewing sites will have food and beverage outlets including bar services and water refill stations. Food truck outlets will have a range of option to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.  

Managed entry 

Viewing areas are subject to capacity limits. Access will be managed to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for everyone. 

  • Gates open at all entry points at 11am and close when sites are full. 
  • Queuing is from 7am on 31 December.  
  • There are no pass outs on New Year’s Eve. If you leave the site you will not be re-admitted. 
  • Security bag checks will be in operation at all entry gate and restricted items will not be permitted. 
  • Each site is self-contained, and no movement is permitted between different sites.
View of NYE Fireworks from Fleet Steps

Viewing areas

Choose from four public viewing areas across The Domain and the Garden. Please note the correct entry for your chosen viewing area: 

  • Mrs Macquarie’s Point and Fleet Steps: entry via Mrs Macquaries Road 
  • Tarpeian Lawn and Bennelong Lawn: entry via Macquarie Street 


Download a map of NYE viewing areas (PDF, 415 Kb)

On the day

If you’re planning to join us, be prepared for all weather conditions. Be sun safe earlier in the day and bring a jumper, poncho or raincoat too. Umbrella use is discouraged and umbrellas over 50cm in length are not permitted. 

Please note only sealed water bottles or empty refillable bottles will be permitted; see our FAQs below for further information and conditions of entry.  

Please follow our Twitter and Facebook on the day for important announcements. 

For the latest weather forecast, please check the Bureau of Meteorology.

Frequently asked questions

Getting here

Due to extensive road closures and high pedestrian traffic in the city on New Year's Eve, public transport is the easiest way to get to the Garden and The Domain. There are additional trains, bus and ferry services available and transport hubs are within easy reach of this site. 

The closest train stations are: 

  • Martin Place Train Station 

  • St James Train Station 

For additional transport information visit transportnsw or phone 131 500.

What to bring and what to leave at home

What essential items should I pack?

We recommend you pack the following items to ensure you have a comfortable day and evening: 

  • Picnic rug.  

  • Hat. 

  • Sunscreen. 

  • Comfortable shoes. 

  • Suitable clothing for all weather conditions. 

  • An empty water bottle (to be filled on site) or water in a sealed container. 

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, picnic foods are permitted.

What can't I bring?

The following items cannot be brought on site: 

  • No glass (including bottles or containers of any kind) 

  • No umbrellas over 50cm. 

  • Alcoholic beverages. 

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. Our liquor licence does not permit BYO alcohol. However alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase inside all four public vantage points across The Domain and the Garden.

Food, drinks and facilities

What type of food is on sale? 

All sites will offer a wide mix of takeaway cuisines, vegetarian options, ice cream, soft drinks and water, tea and coffee. Bar services will also be available. 

What facilities are available? 

All public viewing event sites offer food and beverage outlets, water refill stations, toilets, waste bins, and first aid.  

Where can I buy food and drinks? 

There are outlets selling food, drinks and alcohol operating until midnight. Water bubblers and bottle refill taps are available on site. 

Can I bring in my own alcohol? 

No. You cannot bring your own alcohol or opened soft drink containers. There will be licensed bars on site. The responsible consumption of alcohol will be strictly enforced. If patrons arrive already under the influence of alcohol, they will not be permitted entry. 

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, picnic foods are permitted.

What time will the bars open at the public viewing sites? 

The bars open at midday and close at midnight. Alcohol sales are subject to Responsible Service of Alcohol and Harm Minimisation Practices which will be strictly enforced.  

  • Any patrons under the influence of alcohol on arrival will be refused entry. 

  • Only people aged 18 years and over can drink and purchase alcoholic beverages. 

  • Patrons are also strictly prohibited from supplying alcohol to minors onsite (i.e. persons under 18 years of age). 

  • You may be required to present photographic ID to security and bar staff to purchase alcohol. 

What will the bars sell? 

The public bars will sell a range of full and light strength beer, a small range of mixers, single serve wines, soft drinks, juice and water. Q:

Is there shelter onsite? 

No. All NYE events within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain Sydney are outdoors with limited shelter. Visitors should be prepared for all weather conditions. Be sun safe earlier in the day and bring a jumper, poncho or raincoat too. Umbrella use is discouraged and umbrellas over 50cm in length are not permitted.

Are there accessible facilities and services?

Are there accessible facilities and services onsite for someone with a disability? 

Botanic Gardens of Sydney caters for people with disability to create a safe, inclusive and enjoyable event for all. People with accessibility needs are invited to enter the accessible viewing area ballot to enjoy the fireworks with their friends and family from a managed, accessible viewing area. The area offers good views and a great place to enjoy the event.  

The ballot closes 4 December 2023 at 11.59pm AEDT. One hundred spots are available and successful applicants will be informed by email by 11 December 2023. 

To ensure we can accommodate as many guests as possible, there is a maximum of 4 people per booking.   

Are there accessible toilets available onsite? 

Yes. Accessible toilets are available.  

Are the public viewing areas free to enter?


Do I need to pre-register?


What is the best time to arrive?

Queuing starts from 7am on New Year’s Eve and all viewing areas will be closed to new entries as soon as they reach capacity. When choosing a vantage point, make sure you have a 'plan B', as popular areas fill up quickly

What time are the fireworks?

There are two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve – at 9pm and midnight. Note that some views of the fireworks from all sites could be partially restricted by tree canopies.

Do you allow pass outs? 

No. There are no pass outs from the event once a guest has entered the site. If you need to leave you will not be permitted re-entry and there are no exceptions.

Can I access the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on NYE?

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be closed on 31 December.

Food trucks in Garden

Food and drinks will be available to purchase at all free vantage points

More information

Ballot registration for the accessible viewing area and more.

people picnicking on Sydney Harbour shoreline at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Apply for the New Year's Eve designated accessible viewing area at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Woman takes a photo of the fireworks over Sydney Harbour on her phone
Visit for transport information, fireworks program, all vantage points, and more!
Three smiling women wearing aprons in a nursery
Find out more about the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, who hold an annual fundraising picnic each NYE.