New Year’s Eve Fireworks Locations: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

New Year’s Eve marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new year filled with the promise "New Year’s Eve Fireworks Locations: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane"

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Locations: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

New Year’s Eve marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new year filled with the promise of opportunity. You might be celebrating at home, a mates, a trendy restaurant or on a boat. However there’s no argument that the best way in Australia is to see the fireworks by Sydney Harbour, Brisbane River or Melbourne Skyline.

Most major cities around Australia will have early fireworks around 9pm to suit the families with small children, followed by the popular midnight fireworks. Before you decide to head into the city for a night to remember there are a few things you need to consider, let’s start with a couple of top tips.

Midnight Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Tips

– Choose a vantage point with easy transportation back home
– Get there early or better yet hire an Airtasker to mind your spot
– Pack a blanket, sparklers, funny hats and glasses
– Put together a picnic basket with food and drinks to last the evening

Let’s look at the best vantage points for the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


Fireworks are based on the Brisbane River with The Story Bridge and Southbank as the main locations. While the Southbank Parklands is the traditional venue for viewing the fireworks, they have strict regulations regarding alcohol and glassware etc, so it’s important to do a little research before you make a decision.

brisbane new year's eve fireworks

Other vantage points are:

Mt Coot-tha for an amazing panoramic view of Brisbane.

Portside Wharf provides plenty of places for food and drinks during the show.

Coorparoo means partying with the locals as they line their streets to watch the fireworks.

Highgate Hill brings you nice and close with the fireworks at the corner of Dornoch Terrace and Hampstead Road.

Latrobe Terrace, Paddington goers gather with others on the street to watch the fireworks and then head to a bar or nightclub afterwards for a dance.


From almost anywhere in Melbourne you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular fireworks however they are concentrated at several locations around the city.

Federation Square has music and entertainment until the clock strikes 12 however it is a glass and alcohol free zone.

Docklands also has live music and entertainment on the main stage.

Rooftop bars host many New Year’s Eve parties around the city and it’s worthwhile shopping around to find yourself a good deal.

Skyline view can be attained by heading out of the city and getting your own great vantage point.

melbourne fireworks
Source: Visit Melbourne Blog


Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks are considered one of the best fireworks displays in the world. In the map below you can see that there are vantage points all over the place, which means you don’t need to travel all the way into the city but stay closer to home.

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Blues Point right near North Sydney train station is a popular spot for people living north. It is typically a dry-zone and has a capacity, so you might need to get there early.

Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the more exclusive vantage points with only around 700 people allowed and you need to buy a ticket. It’s a family friendly location with no alcohol allowed and food available for purchase.

The Rocks on east Circular Quay allows you to get up close with the fireworks but it does fill up fast and hard to get a spot to sit down.

Hire a boat on the harbour for your own semi-private vantage point, but be wary there are many other boats big and small that you’ll need to look out more. You could also consider buying a ticket to one of the big party boats. You’ll meet a few new people and have a New Year’s Eve to remember.


Top Midnight Food Delivery in Sydney

Home late or weren't hungry at dinner time? Here's where to get a late night meal in Sydney.

Top Midnight Food Delivery in Sydney

Got a feeling of emptiness in your stomach around the time the clock strikes 12 in the morning? Well, it sounds like you’ve got a case of the ‘midnight munchies’.

Although your local Dominos and Thai restaurant might be closed, there are still plenty of places busy cooking delicious food that an Airtasker can deliver right to your door. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the top midnight food delivery options in Sydney.

Chat Thai

If you’re hankering for a northern Thai feast in the middle of the night, then Chat Thai is your place. Its Thaitown Haymarket branch is open for supper serving an extensive menu till 2am. Whether its old favourites such as chicken satay skewers ($2 each), chicken chilli basil ($14) or pad thai ($9.90); a delivery of a delicious Chat Thai meal is always welcome.

Golden Century

Where do Sydney chefs head for dinner after they close their kitchens, rumour has it Golden Century is the spot. It’s popular for its salt and pepper squid and crisp-skinned chicken, but for $44 per person, the banquet will give you a taste of everything.

Open until 4am, it suits hungry late night revellers and busy Airtaskers delivering midnight munchies!

Yumcha at Golden Century

Wondering what other types of food delivery alternatives are popular on Airtasker? Check out our Top 5 Airtasker Foods Delivered list.


It’s another inner city staple, which if you haven’t been to yet, is an absolute must. Mamak has introduced Sydney-siders to the wonders of Malaysian food with their moreish puffy roti bread along with their curries jam-packed with flavour.

With lines of hungry people often queued around the block, have an Airtasker wait in the line for you while you enjoy your night. Mamak is open till 2am on Friday and Saturdays.

Harry’s Café de Wheels

A Sydney institution, Harry’s Café de Wheels has over 70 years experience of supplying pies to the locals of Woolloomooloo.

Source: Cookies and Tomatoes blog

These scrumptious pies are arguably the best pies in Sydney with a signature Harry’s Tiger beef pie topped with mushy peas, mash and gravy (image above). But if pies aren’t your cup of tea, they also have other favourites such as pasties, sausage rolls and hot dogs.

Pancakes on the Rocks

It’s open 24 hours a day, every day. Yes, that means if you ever have a pancake craving, you are in luck to tuck into a banana pancake stack regardless of the time at Pancakes on the Rocks.

A favourite amongst tourists and teenagers post school formal, Pancakes on the Rocks has both sweet and savoury menu options. For people with a serious sweet tooth, you can’t go past a Devils Delight ($14.95), which is a stack of chocolate pancakes topped with strawberries and ice cream – enough to satisfy any midnight craving!

pancakes on the rocks sydney airtasker delivery
Source: feedmygrumbles blog

We suggest that every member of your party choose something different so that you can swap and taste a variety of pancakes.

What’s your spot for a late night feed? Let us know in the comments below.