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Where to Watch the NYE Fireworks for Free in Sydney

If you’re on a budget and looking for some free spots to hit up the New Year’s Fireworks in Sydney, here are seven spots you can head to.

Although most spots which are now ticketed to see the NYE fireworks across Sydney are fairly cheap, being around $10 a spot pp, there are still loads of spots located around Sydney, where you can enjoy the fireworks at no costs and still enjoy a spectacular light show.

In all honestly, I debated for a while whether I wanted to actually publish this story, as there is a fire ban across all of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland (unsure about the there states and territories), and ethically I have questioned whether hosting the fireworks at such a crucial time, where many people have lost their homes to the fires, and many native animals have also perished.

And although the fireworks are held over water at Sydney Harbour, part of me just doesn’t feel right that the fireworks are going ahead. Especially with the government axed the Darling Harbour fireworks which happen every Saturday night, because of the fire ban.

All in all, I am sure they have set up procedures to ensure a very safe and happy new year for all, so here’s the best spots to check out the fireworks for free.

  1. North Head in Manly
  2. Pirrama Park in Pyrmont
  3. Robertson Park in Watsons Bay
  4. Simmons Point Reserve in Balmain East
  5. Cremorne Point Reserve, Cremorne
  6. Dumaresq Reserve in Rose Bay
  7. Kirribilli Park in North Sydney

There are loads of small parks around Pyrmont and North Sydney where you can snag a great spot to watch the fireworks for free. But do get in early if you plan to drive, as you will have to park a long distance away, which is harder at the end of the night.

Otherwise, if you don’t mind the walk, most locations are near a train station, to reduce the stress of dealing with traffic and parking and other things on New Year’s.

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