New Year's Eve
Start the year bright

New Year's Eve

Darling Harbour is your ultimate family friendly destination to ring in the new year. Say hello to 2024 with spectacular fireworks at 9PM and midnight over Cockle Bay!
31 Dec 2023

Plan ahead and make your New Year's Eve extra memorable this year. Darling Harbour is the ultimate family friendly destination to ring in 2024.

Start your new year bright with spectacular fireworks at 9pm and midnight over Cockle Bay, and keep the whole family entertained with fun surprise and delight moments throughout the night!

Check out all the delicious places to eat and drink, from authentic Asian flavours in Darling Square, to casual eats for the whole family in Darling Quarter, Aussie seafood classics at Cockle Bay, and the best rooftop bars with spectacular views of the fireworks

Your visit to Darling Harbour doesn't have to end with New Year's Eve! Make a night of it, and treat the whole family staycation at some of the best hotels in the city, and then wake up to a day out at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Powerhouse Museum, or even a play at the Children's Playground

Looking for more options to celebrate NYE? Visit The Rocks and Barangaroo. Barangaroo also has a dedicated viewing area for people with accessibility needs.

What To Pack For NYE in Darling Harbour

To make sure you have an unforgettable night, it's essential to pack the right essentials. So, let's dive into the must-haves and the absolute no-nos to make this year's celebration as easy as counting down from 10!

Book Your NYE Stay

There's a reason Sydney's NYE fireworks is one of the most world-famous ways to bring in the New Year! Book at stay at any one of the great hotels in Darling Harbour and be right on the doorstep to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks.


The accessibility area in Cockle Bay is located on the western side of the bay, in front of the ICC. The accessible area is first comes first served basis and capacity will be monitored by Security. If the area reaches capacity, customers will be directed to the steps in front of ICC Sydney.

More information for patrons with accessible needs can be found here

There will be two displays of the Darling Harbour fireworks at 9pm and 12am. 

The Darling Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks are non-ticketed and free for all. 

Due to extensive road closures and high pedestrian traffic in the city, public transport is the easiest option to get to Darling Harbour on New Year’s Eve. Additional trains, buses and light rail services will be available.

The closest train stations are:

  • Town Hall Station (500 metres)  
  • Wynyard Station (1.2km)

The closest light rail station is:

  • Town Hall (650 metres)

It is recommended that you check your transport details at or by calling 131 500 before travelling. For live traffic updates, please visit For all the information specific to the above events, please follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts to stay up to date.

The following items will not be allowed to be brought into the event site: 

  • No BYO beverages including alcohol and water (soft water bottles allowed) 
  • No glass 
  • No sparklers, party poppers or candles 
  • No large umbrellas, beach chairs or other shades structures

Patrons will be subject to bag checks.

We recommend watching the fireworks from Cockle Bay. 
Pyrmont Bridge will be closed as a viewing location for both the 9pm and 12am fireworks. 

No. Umbrellas over 50cm in length, tarps, tents, shade structures, tables, milk crates or chairs (other than low line beach chairs) are not allowed. All umbrellas should be lowered during the fireworks to enable clear views for other patrons. There shall be no pegging or other penetration to the turfed areas.

There will be food trucks available on Cockle Bay. There are also over 150+ places to eat and drink in Darling Harbour. From authentic Asian flavours in Darling Square to alfresco dining in Darling Quarter and prime harbour views at Cockle Bay Wharf, there’s something for everyone. We recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Toilets are located below: 

  • Tumbalong Boulevard, near IMAX Sydney. Including accessible toilets.
  • Tumbalong Boulevard, near Betty's Burgers. Including accessible toilets.
  • Darling Quarter
  • Eastern end of Pyrmont Bridge
  • Cockle Bay Wharf 

See map below for details. 

Yes, drinking stations will be available throughout Darling Harbour. Please see map below for locations. 




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