New Year's Eve at Barangaroo FAQs

 

What should I expect on the night?

You can expect to see the 9pm and midnight fireworks presented by the City of Sydney from Barangaroo Reserve while being entertained throughout the night with great food and beverages, live music, roving entertainers and games for the whole family to play.

More information

Food & beverages

This year, Barangaroo Reserve has teamed up with Together with Solotel, the award-winning events and catering arm of Bruce Solomon and Matt Moran’s Solotel group, formally known as Events by Aria, to provide a range of options to suit every taste and budget.

To make your night stress free, pre-purchase a gourmet hamper. These exquisite food and beverage offerings have been designed to suit every taste and budget. Generous offerings range from oysters with Mumm champagne through to a full gourmet picnic. Whether it be a snack or a full grazing platter to last the night – we have you covered.

Four dining outlets will also be onsite: Chiswick – serving their famous slow roasted lamb shoulder; The Erko – burgers, ribs and wings from their smokehouse; or Goros serving Yakitori and other delicious morsels; and, North Bondi Fish featuring oysters, fish tacos and fish and chips.

The event is licensed and there is a range of beverages to suit any New Year’s Eve budget. Ticket holders will not be allowed to bring in their own alcohol, they can however, bring in their own food.

What to bring/what not to bring

What should I bring?

  • Hats, sunblock and clothing that provides weather protection;
  • Empty water bottles to be filled on site;
  • Charged mobile phone;
  • Camera;
  • Groundsheet or blanket; and,
  • Cash (ATM facilities may not be available onsite).

What not to bring?

In the interest of public safety and amenity, these items are not permitted at the event and will be surrendered at entry:

  • glassware
  • pets - assistance dogs permitted
  • tarps or shade structures
  • barbecues or cooking equipment
  • tables
  • alcohol
  • bicycles, scooters or skateboards
  • knives other than standard cutlery
  • fireworks or sparklers
  • footballs or frisbees
  • large umbrellas over 50cm in length
  • illicit substances
  • opened beverages including thermoses; liquids will need to be disposed of at entry.
Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. Licencing restrictions prevent BYO alcohol. However, we will have a selection of alcohol for sale from a number of bars. Prices will vary and start from $8 through to $110 for beer, wine and cocktails.

How many alcoholic drinks can a person purchase at one time?

There will be signage regarding regulations and conditions at the bar areas. Accepted ID is a valid passport, NSW Photo Card or driver’s licence.

Will full strength alcohol be available?
Yes.
Will there be an alcohol free zone?
No.
Can I bring soft drinks?

Yes, but to meet licensing restrictions only unopened, sealed non-alcoholic drinks are permitted. Thermoses are not permitted. Water fountains are available across Barangaroo Reserve.

Can I bring an esky?

Yes, but no alcohol. BYO ice.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, BYO food is allowed. Please ensure all non-alcoholic beverages are sealed and unopened. There will also be a range of quality catering options available at the event for purchase. Alternatively, to save time and effort you can pre purchase a picnic hamper which will be ready for pick up once you arrive on the day of the event

Download Hamper menu (pdf)

Download Dining menu (pdf)

Can I buy food onsite?

Yes. Four dining outlets will also be onsite: Chiswick – serving their famous slow roasted lamb shoulder; The Erko – burgers, ribs and wings from their smokehouse, Goros, serving Yakitori and other delicious morsels; and, North Bondi Fish featuring oysters, fish tacos and fish and chips. 

Download Dining menu (pdf)

How do I purchase a food hamper?

To make your night stress free pre purchase a gourmet hamper. These exquisite food and beverage offerings have been designed to suit every taste and budget. Generous offerings range from oysters with Mumm champagne through to a full gourmet picnic. Whether it be a snack or a full grazing platter to last the night – we have you covered. 

Download Hamper menu (pdf)

Can I book a restaurant in the Barangaroo southern dining precinct?

For information regarding restaurants opening on NYE please contact the restaurant directly or visit www.streetsofbarangaroo.com.

Please note the Reserve opens to ticket holders at 6:00pm and fills on a first come, first served basis. You also can only access the Reserve via Hickson Road.

Can I have dinner at Barangaroo and then walk to Barangaroo Reserve afterwards?

For information regarding restaurants opening on NYE please contact the restaurant directly or visit www.streetsofbarangaroo.com.

Please note the Reserve opens to ticket holders at 6:00pm and fills on a first come, first served basis. You also can only access the Reserve via Hickson Road.

Is the waterfront at Barangaroo’s southern precinct open to the public on NYE?

The waterfront in front of the Barangaroo restaurants and offices will be open. Bear in mind there are only restricted views of the Darling Harbour fireworks.

Tickets

When will tickets go on sale?

Limited tickets will go on pre-sale at 12noon on Tuesday, 3 October for subscribers to the Barangaroo e-newsletter. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12 noon on Wednesday, 5 October. If you don’t already receive our monthly e-newsletter sign up here.

Tickets available through Ticketek

How much are they?

Adult (16 years and over):$40.00*

Concession: $18.00* (Full Time Student, seniors, pensioners, Australian residents only)      

Child (3-15 years old): $5.00*

Junior (0-2): free

Ticket limit: 10 tickets in one transaction

*Booking fees and charges apply to all tickets. Review the website for full details.

What are the fees and charges?

Please visit the Ticketek website for booking fees and charges.

Why isn’t there a family ticket?

Families come in all different sizes. To make the event more family friendly, we have maintained the cost of a child’s ticket at $5.00 + booking fees and charges. This makes it fairer for everyone.

What is the website for purchasing tickets or for ticketing inquiries?

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek. Event information is available via the Barangaroo website.

Why are you charging entry to the Reserve?

We believe Barangaroo Reserve is one of the best value ticketed New Year’s Eve venues on Sydney Harbour.  The event is a safe and comfortable experience that allows ticket holders to arrive late in the day. 

Barangaroo Delivery Authority provides entertainment before and after the 9pm fireworks as well as roving entertainers, extra toilets, a high level of safety and security and one of the best views on the western Harbour.

Ticketing Barangaroo Reserve for New Year’s Eve also avoids overcrowding and ensures it is a family-friendly event.

Revenue from ticket sales offsets part of the cost of delivering the event.

How many tickets are going on sale?

10,000

Will the Reserve be crowded?

The event is ticketed as we want to ensure our visitors have a safe and memorable experience. While the Reserve will feel busy, you will still be able to secure a space for your viewing enjoyment. 

 Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can purchase?

Yes, we have a limit of 10 tickets per transaction.

Getting to and from the venue

Can I drive my car and park?

Major roads in the city will start closing from late morning on 31 December. With so many restrictions in place you won’t be able to drive or see the fireworks from your car.

Please also note that no vehicles will be able to exit any car parks or drive on closed roads. Penalties may apply. Wilson Carpark located at Barangaroo Reserve will be closed to parking from midnight 30 December 2017 – 0600 1 January 2018. Visit https://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/road-closures/ for further information.

What is the closest train station?

We recommend alighting from Wynyard Station and making your way down Hickson Road by following the signs. It is a 10 mins or less walk to the Reserve.  It is also possible to walk from Martin Place and Circular Quay stations which is around 15-20 mins walk to the Reserve.

What time do the Ferries operate into Barangaroo?

The Sydney Harbour Ferries schedule for NYE is currently being developed. For information on operating times visit https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/ways-to-get-around/ferry.

What time do you shut?

The fireworks will commence at midnight and last up to 15 minutes. The site will be officially shut at 12.45am so we recommend you plan to leave between 12:15am and 12.45am.

What’s the best way to get home?

There are extensive plans put in place to get everybody home via public transport.  Please note the way you arrive may be different from the way you get home. There are many roads closed to people walking, driving and cycling, so follow directions and check signs.

Be prepared for a longer walk to buses and trains and note that some train stations may have different entry and exit points.  The official New Year’s Eve website https://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/ will feature a map for people to download which will help plan your night.  It also provides specific information for visitors to plan their trip. This will be available from mid-December.

Entry and on the night

When/where will gates open?

Gates will open at 6pm at the Hickson Road entrance near Nawi Cove. No other entrances to the Reserve will be open. Please keep in mind that the event entry area is exposed to the weather, so be prepared for sunny or wet weather.

Will I have to queue to get in?

To ensure public safety inside the Reserve, security checks will be conducted during the entry and ticket scanning process, which unfortunately makes entry a little slower.  Adequate security will be in place to make this process as quick as possible.

Please keep in mind that the event entry is outdoors so it is good idea to be prepared for sunny or wet weather conditions.

When people leave will they be able to get back any items surrendered at entry?

No. Unfortunately cloaking services/lockers are not available.

Can I leave and re-enter the site?

No. there are no pass outs. Once you leave you cannot re-enter.

Can I put a shade tent up?

For safety reasons for yourself and others around you, we don’t allow shade tents. You are welcome to bring low level folding chairs or personal umbrellas with you.

What is the entertainment program on the night?

A mix of roving and musical performers.  More information will be provided in the coming months.

Will everyone be able to see the fireworks?

Even though Barangaroo Reserve is located on Sydney Harbour, not all of the park has direct views of the Harbour Bridge fireworks. You will be able to view the fireworks detonated from the barge between Walsh Bay and McMahons Point.

Is there priority seating or a VIP viewing area?

No. To make it fair for everyone there is one price for adults and one for children. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Is there an ATM at the Reserve?

No. Please bring sufficient cash if you intend purchasing food or beverages.

Are there baby change facilities at the Reserve?

Yes.

Is there free drinking water at the Reserve?

Yes.

Is there first aid at the Reserve?

Yes

Are there accessible toilets at the Reserve?

Yes

Is there an accessible viewing area at the Reserve?

An accessible viewing area for those with mobility requirements is available. Before purchasing your NYE ticket please  email nye@barangaroo.nsw.gov.au for information on how to book this viewing area. Access criteria apply.

Is there accessible parking at the Reserve? 

Please email nye@barangaroo.nsw.gov.au for information regarding accessibility parking.

Any other questions?  

If we haven’t answered your question in this FAQ, please email nye@barangaroo.nsw.gov.au with your contact details, nature of your inquiry and we will get back to you.

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