New Year’s Eve celebrations may look a little different to the days BC (before children) but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. We’ve made a list of the best local places to enoy new years eve festivities!
Farewell 2019 at Parramatta’s ultimate end-of-year celebration in the World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park. Roll out your picnic rug and enjoy an evening of free family-friendly entertainment complete with amusement rides, live music (Murray Cook’s The Soul Movers), kids workshops, food, roving entertainment, MC Anthony Salame and a show-stopping fireworks finale at 9pm.
- Opens from 4pm
- More info here
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
From 5-9pm in the Piazza, Top Ryde Shopping Centre will be getting in on the NYE action with all sorts of fun activities from face painting, balloon bending, outdoor games, a magical magician and a kids disco! Check out the Piazza restaurant opening hours here.
Darling Harbour, Sydney
From 1 pm Darling Harbour will be welcoming thousands for free flame and fireworks shows every hour from 7pm and fireworks shows on Cockle Bay at 9pm and midnight. With toilets, food and free entry, it’s the family-friendly place to welcome in 2019. Areas around Cockle Bay may become congested for the shows.
- Opens from 1pm
- More info here.
Manns Point – Prospect Street, Greenwich
A family-friendly site with views over Darling Harbour and Barangaroo & obstructed views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. While there is no BYO alcohol, it would be wise to BYO food and drink. There are toilets nearby.
- Opens at 1pm
- More info here
Dunlop Reserve – Roseby St, Drummoyne
- Located near Birkenhead Point, this lovely grassy area has some shade, harbour views and it’s accessible.
- It’s an alcohol-free site.
Photo source: Daily Telegraph
Neild Park – Henley Marine Dr, Five Dock
- A less busy option for NYE is Neild Park, Five Dock. Although you won’t be able to see the Harbour Bridge, you can see the city skyline all lit up.
- There is ample street parking, toilets nearby and play equipment to keep the kids entertained until the 9pm fireworks.
- Bring a picnic.
- This venue is an alcohol-free space.
Photo Source: Little Munch
Balmain and Birchgrove
Balmain and Birchgrove are great areas for families and have really good views. There will be numerous road closures from 3pm onwards, so check local info. All parks and reserves in the Balmain peninsula are free, have toilets and are designated as alcohol-free areas.
Check out this website for more info on the following vantage points:
- Birchgrove Park – Grove Street
- Mort Bay Park – Cameron Street
- Yurulbin Park – Loiusa Road
- Elkington Park – Glassop Street
- Simmons Point – Simmons Street
- Lookes Avenue Reserve – Lookes Avenue
- Thornton Park – Darling Street
- Illoura Reserve – Darling Street
Photo Source: Postcards Sydney