NYE 2018 at Barangaroo Reserve Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information  | T&C


When will tickets go on sale?

Pre-sale tickets on sale from 12 noon on Monday, 8 October for subscribers to the Barangaroo e-Newsletter. General Public tickets on sale at 12 noon on Friday, 12 October. 

Buy tickets through Ticketek

How much are they?

Adult aged 16+        $41.80
Concession              $18.90 (Full Time Student, seniors and pensioners)         
Child aged 3-15       $5.65  
Junior aged 0-2        Free
Ticket limit               10 tickets in one transaction

Plus fees and charges as below

What are the fees and charges?

Fees and charges are the standard Ticketek Charges as follows:

  • Handling fee - $2.50 per transaction
  • Service fee (included)
    • $1.80 per Adult Ticket
    • $0.90 per Junior or Concession Ticket
    • $0.65 per child ticket
  • Delivery fee (if applicable)
    • Registered mail - $4.95 per transaction (via call centre only)

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

Tickets can be purchased on Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au

Can I purchase tickets on the night?

Last year this event sold out well in advance. It is expected this year will sell out in advance, with no tickets available on the night. Please act early to secure your tickets.

How many tickets are going on sale?


Will the Reserve be crowded?

Tickets to the event are limited to 10,000. The Reserve is busy, however tickets have been limited to ensure there is space for a safe and enjoyable evening. It is recommended to arrive early to secure your place, as the best picnic spots will fill quickly.

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

Yes, there is a limit of 10 tickets per transaction.

Is there an accessible area?

There is a designated accessible viewing area for people with disability to enjoy with their family and friends. Capacity is limited and tickets to this area must be pre-booked as accessible tickets to receive entry. To book accessible tickets, please contact Barangaroo directly, by calling (02) 9255 1700 or email nye@barangaroo.com to discuss your accessibility requirements.

Bookings are essential and non-transferable. Access criteria applies.

Why are you charging entry to the Reserve?

Ticketing New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo Reserve avoids overcrowding, increases public safety and ensures it is managed as a family-friendly event.

Tickets have been priced as low as possible to recover part of the costs associated with hosting the event.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority provides entertainment before and after the 9pm fireworks as well as roving entertainers, a high level of safety and panoramic views of the western face of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

What to bring/What not to bring

What to bring

Here’s a handy list

  • tickets issued by Ticketek (essential for entry);
  • photo identification (a Passport, Australian Driver’s Licence, International Driver’s Licence or Adult Proof of Age card) to produce for any alcohol purchase and on collection of pre-purchased wine;
  • picnic blankets;
  • BYO picnic food and sealed, non-alcoholic beverages;
  • soft esky up to 20L capacity;
  • cash as there are no ATMs on site (food and beverages can be purchased using EFTPOS);
  • hats, sunblock and protective clothing (including raincoat/ponchos);
  • an empty water bottle to fill on site;
  • power banks (to keep your phone charged for NYE snaps!); and
  • card or board games.

What is not permitted

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

  • alcohol;
  • any illicit substances;
  • any beverage that is not sealed;
  • glassware or breakable containers;
  • hard eskies or any soft esky larger than 20 litre capacity;
  • knives (other than small picnicware) or laser pointers;
  • umbrellas above 50cm in length, camera tripods, tarps, tents, shade structures, tables, milk crates or chairs (other than low line beach chairs);
  • fireworks, sparklers, open flames including candles;
  • BBQs and cooking equipment;
  • balls, frisbees, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles, kites and drones;
  • pets other than assistance dogs; and
  • any item which is illegal or which the Authority considers dangerous, or could cause nuisance or offence.

Restricted items will be confiscated.

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

No. Cloaking services and/or lockers are not available.

Can I put a shade tent up?

No, shade tents, tents, or overhead not permitted. You are welcome to bring low level folding chairs. 

Food and Beverage

Plan ahead for a fuss-free night!

Gourmet hampers

Before 12pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018, you can pre-purchase a gourmet hamper via Ticketek.

Kids Picnic Hamper


View inclusions 

Classic Picnic Hamper


View inclusions 

Premium Picnic Hamper


View inclusions 

At the event, you can collect your pre-purchased hamper and/or pre-purchased wine by presenting your Ticketek Hamper Ticket at the Hamper Marquee.

Purchase food & Beverage

At the event, you can choose from a variety of tasty options including juicy burgers, scrumptious souvlaki, hot dogs, ice cream and special kids’ meals.
This is a licensed event and alcohol is available for purchase.
Click on the links to view:

BYO picnic

You are welcome to bring your own food and sealed, non-alcoholic beverages.

Only soft eskies (cooler bags) under a 20 litre capacity are permitted.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo Reserve is a licensed event, alcohol is available for purchase.

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

The caterer’s licensing conditions are being finalised.  There will be signage regarding regulations and conditions at the bar areas. Accepted ID is a valid Passport, Adult Proof of Age Photo Card or Australian or International Driver’s Licence.

Will full strength alcohol be available?


Will there be an alcohol free zone?


Can I bring soft drinks?

Yes, but to meet licensing restrictions only unopened, sealed non-alcoholic drinks are permitted. As a result, thermoses or other unsealed drinking containers are not permitted. Water fountains are available across Barangaroo Reserve.

Can I bring an esky?

Only soft eskies will be permitted, up to 20 litre capacity.

Can I buy ice on site?

There is no ice available onsite.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, picnic and BYO food is allowed. Please ensure all non-alcoholic beverages are sealed and unopened.

Can I buy food on site?

Yes. Quality food selections will be available on the night. For something extra, see our amazing affordable hamper options for packaging with your ticket on purchase.

How do I purchase a food hamper?

Hampers can be purchased when you buy your tickets through Ticketek.

Find out what is in the hampers and how much they cost

Will there be queues at the food and beverage areas?

This year we have increased options and staffing at all food and beverage service areas which will reduce queueing times.

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

Yes. Barangaroo’s southern dining precinct will be open to patrons on New Year’s Eve. The precinct is accessible with views of the Darling Harbour fireworks.

For more information on restaurant bookings, please visit https://www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/things-to-do/eat-drink/

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

Some restaurants in Barangaroo’s southern dining precinct do offer ticket packages inclusive of dinner and a ticket to New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo Reserve. Please check with your preferred restaurant, or alternatively it is recommended to book with the restaurant separately and purchase a ticket to the Barangaroo Reserve event via Ticketek.

Please note the Reserve opens to ticket holders at 6:00pm and viewing areas fill up quickly. You also can only access the Reserve via Hickson Road. You cannot walk via the foreshore from the restaurants to Nawi Cove.

Entry and on the night

When/where will gates open?

Gates open at 6pm through the Cutaway, via the Hickson Rd entrance near Nawi Cove. No other entrances to the Reserve will be open. Please keep in mind that although the queuing area is mostly undercover, it has areas which are exposed to the weather, so be prepared for sunny, windy or wet weather.

Will I have to queue to get in?

To ensure the public are safe inside the Reserve, security checks will be conducted during the ticket scanning process, which can make entry a little slower.  

What is the entertainment program on the night?

A mix of roving and musical performances.

Will everyone be able to see the fireworks?

A pyrotechnics barge will be moored in the Harbour between Walsh Bay and Point, with another further up the Harbour off Cockatoo Island.

The location of Barangaroo Reserve means that not all of the park has direct views of the Harbour Bridge.  As it is one price entry for all, with no priority seating, ticketholders will be able to select a vantage point on a first-come first-served basis. But everyone will have a full view of the overhead fireworks.

Is there an ATM at the reserve?

No. However food and beverage can be purchased using EFTPOS.

Are there baby change facilities at the Reserve?


Is there free drinking water at the Reserve?


Is there first aid at the Reserve?


Are there accessible toilets at the Reserve?


Is there an accessible viewing area at the Reserve?

Yes, there is an accessible ticket option. Please contact Ticketek to purchase an accessible ticket.

Is there accessible parking at the Reserve?

No. Hickson Rd will be closed from 12pm with the surrounding roads in and around the Reserve and the CBD closed at 7pm until approximately 4am by the NSW Police to assist in crowd safety at the end of the evening. 

Getting to and from Barangaroo Reserve

Is there parking at or near the Reserve?

Barangaroo Reserve carpark is closed on New Year’s Eve. Driving to the event is not recommended due to city wide road closures and clearways.

What are the public transport options to get there?

The best way to plan your travel is via the NSW Transport website – www.transportnsw.info

After midnight, what is the most efficient way to get out of the CBD?

The best way to plan your travel is via the Transport website – www.transportnsw.info as the exit route may be different to your entry route.

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

Wulugul Walk, the waterfront adjacent to Barangaroo restaurants and offices, will be open. There is no vantage point within this area to view the harbour fireworks.

Any other questions?

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

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