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New Years Eve Sydney Style

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More than 1.5 million people are in Sydney for New Years Eve. Being the first country to bring in the new year, the world watches the fireworks on television. Everyone knows they are amongst the best, if not the best.

We’d decided on Australia for our honeymoon and planned to be in Sydney for New Years Eve. We couldn’t wait to celebrate and be a part of the world’s biggest crowd celebrating the new year. Those who had already experienced New Years Eve in Sydney told us to go to the free vantage points in Botanical Gardens. We’d need to get there early in the morning to get our spot and not move all day. This wasn’t ideal, we weren’t used to the heat and there is no way we would be able to sit in it all day. After doing a little research I found Midnight at the Oasis in Botanical Gardens. It was perfect with some of the best views, a three course meal and a disco. It was pricey but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we had to make the most of.

We went for a stroll through Botanical Gardens on New Years Eve morning and the free vantage points were already getting full with massive queues of people wanting to get their spot. We felt we’d made the right decision. The city was already filled with excitement and it was a great day.

When we arrived at Midnight at the Oasis we were given a wrist band. Our starters and a small bottle of champagne were given at the next gate and we were shown to our table. We were on the back row but still had a great view of the harbour. We got chatting to the family next to us who also turned out to be Brits. Once we’d eaten the delicious three course meal we brought a large bottle of champagne and went to stand at the front to watch the people on the boats and we managed to catch a little bit of the Harbour of Light Parade where decorated and lit up boats sail around the harbour.

The 2010 theme was ‘Make Your Mark’. A changing light board in the middle of the bridge changed between a red X, to a red spot to a red hand print. The theme was to inspire the crowds to think about the positive ways they could bring in the new decade.

At 9pm the family fireworks started giving us a taste of what was to come. By now the real party atmosphere had started. You could certainly feel the excitement and everyone was really jolly and friendly. The crowd’s at Mrs Macquaries Point were right next to us and they joined in with the disco. You can’t bring your own alcohol on new years eve so everyone is monitored with how much they drink so there was no trouble or hassle. Just a fantastic atmosphere.

When midnight finally arrived, I think the whole of Sydney counted down and applauded the display. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!!! The DJ put on the radio station that was commentating the events. When the fireworks started, the music that the display was in sync with started too. I didn’t actually realise this until Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World came on and the fireworks went green and then red with the line ‘fields of green, red roses too’. It wasn’t just the bridge that the fireworks were shooting from, it was the high rise buildings and boats too. After about fifteen minutes the display was over. The party atmosphere intensified and everyone went back to drinking and dancing.

Sydney Opera House silhouetted against fireworks

They started to kick us out at about 1am and the police came in to politely tell us last few stragglers to get out. The partying remained in the streets and all the Brit’s crowded to sing Auld Langs Syne. We really didn’t want to go back to the hotel because we didn’t want the night to end…we wanted to stay and take in every moment. The whole experience of new years eve in Sydney completely lives up to your expectations. We are so lucky to have experienced it! It’s definitely one of my travel highlights.



About Natalie Sands

Natalie loves writing about her travel adventures around the world. Writing has increased her hunger to travel more, see more, taste more, and simply try out new and exciting adventures with Stu. Adventures she has experienced includes snorkeling in Iceland, driving a Trabant in Berlin and bringing in the New year in Sydney. You can follow Nat on Google + or follow Wheres My Passport on Twitter, Facebook.

  1. Awesome photos! I am addicted to fireworks haha. Something about them just brings out the kid in me again 🙂

    • Thanks Cole, we had a prime position at the event and just clicked away whilst taking in the spectacular show that was on display. I would highly recommend it and we want to do it again!

      The photo with the red fireworks was selected to be exhibtied in a cross county photo competition. Stu should soon be posting some of his photos to the site when he gets 5 minutes.

  2. Hi, we wanted to book this for this NY eve, can you tell me how you booked? There are all sorts of websites, but I cannot find anywhere to book the NY celebration with dinner… Can you help? Thanks.

    • We booked it through the Botanical Garden website but I don’t think they’ll be on sale until later in the year, maybe September time. We didn’t buy our tickets till the end of Novemeber. It was an amazing night and if we return to Sydney for NYE we will go to Midnight at the Oasis again.

  3. Wow your photos are amazing and I’m so excited that we have tickets for this year’s NYE party!

    Just wondered if you might be able to say what the general dress code is? I’m worried about getting either too glammed up or too casual! Did you have a cardigan or was it really warm til 1am?

    Thanks so much in advance for any help!! Jill

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