Planning to watch Sydney Harbour Fireworks this year? The great news is that Sydney City Council has decided to go on with the Fireworks that are normally attended by over a million spectators every year. Around 3 billion people around the world watch this impressive display of firework around the world. This year's firework will have a number of restrictions in place that will require visitors to obtain a pass from Service NSW after making a reservation at a hotel or restaurant in the vicinity of Harbour Bridge.
Here are some of the changes from the last years for Sydney Harbour Bridge Fireworks.:
1. There will be no 9 pm Fireworks for the families.
2. Designated zones will be allocated around the Harbour Bridge Area, North Sydney and the City Area.
3. A green zone is around the Circular Quay area will be accessible by pass-holder that can be downloaded by people who have already made bookings at the venues with a vantage point. Local residents will be allowed into these zones.
4. Those with confirmed bookings will be required to download a from Service NSW website.
5. A Yellow zones will be enforced behind Green zones that will allow visitors (crowds) to enjoy the fireworks. A police presence will enforce social distancing in these zones.
6. Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Cremone Reserve, Kurraba Reserve, Quibaree Park will not be open to the public.
Public Transport for Sydney Harbour Fireworks
If you are planning to enjoy the fireworks this year, planning ahead is essential to ensure that you enjoy the most of this event. With zones established, using you should have a plan to use public transport. Taxis dropping off people at green zone will be required to check-in with a QR code with the venue, pub or bar.
Circular Quay area near the Opera House is Green Zone only accessibly with a pass
Some taxi services will be carrying a QR code that will be required to be scanned with the Service NSW APP installed on the customers handheld device. Alternatively, book the cab with a taxi service by providing your details to the operator.
Planning your trip ahead of time is a great idea. If you are catching a train to watch the fireworks, avoid peak hours traffic. Make sure your opal card is registered an working. A new feature on public transport will be indicated by green dots providing safe spaces for the passengers to stand or sit. A red do will mean that the passengers should wait for the next service. Students will be given priority on the trains.
What are some of the best sports around Sydney commanding good views of Harbour Bridge?
Eastern Suburbs in Sydney
Easterns Suburbs in Sydney commands great views of Harbour Bridge from a distance. Nielson Park in Vaucluse, Green Point Reserve in Watson Bay, Dudley Page Reserve in Dover Heights commands amazing views of the Harbour Bridge. The streets between Military Road in Dover Heights and Old South Head Road attracts large local crowds who can enjoy the clear view of the fireworks from the streets.
Strickland House is a Heritage Building in Vaucluse command amazing views of Sydney CBD. The venue is sometimes booked for private parties. The rolling lawns and the beach area overlooks the Harbour Bridge.
Watsons Bay, Vaucluse in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
View of Harbour Bridge from the Western Side of Harbour Bridge
Observatory Hill, The Rocks
Observatory Hill is located next to the rocks and commands a great view of the Harbour Bridge from the Western Side. This location is a popular spot for picnics and wedding photoshoots. The park is easily accessibly by walking up the road on Argyle Street in Rocks. Alternatively, you can walk up the stairs near the junction of Harrington Street and Argyle Street that will link up with the road leading to the Observatory on the Observatory Hill.
Observatory Hill. The Rocks commanding great views of the Harbour Bridge
undoubtedly has one of the best views of the Harbour Bridge from the west. Historically traffic would stop momentarily to enjoy the 12 minutes fireworks. This amazing vantage point started attracting large crowds in the last few years. The bridge is s monitored by police during the fireworks. The park adjacent to the East Balmain Ferry Terminal is a great place to relax and enjoy the views of the western side of Harbour Bridge. This spot is sure to be filled early by the enthusiastic firework lovers. Make sure make it early with your picnic basket,a mat and plenty of water.
Restaurants that commands great views in this neighbourhood includes Woolich Pier Hotel near Woolich Lookout. Drummoyne Sailing Club in Drummoyne and Birkenhead Shopping Malls also sits in the life of sight of the Harbour Bridge.
End of Darling Street in East Balmain
East Balmain is a Yellow Zone and public gathering with active police presence with move-on Police Powers. This area attracts plenty of local crowd from Rozelle, Birchgrove and Lilyfield area. This section of the cities is popular with families. There is no train access.
The nearest point accessible by Light Rail is on Catherine Street in Lilyfiled. Alternatively, you will be required to catch a bus.
City Locations to Enjoy the Fireworks
Pyrmont and Glebe enjoy great views of the Harbour Bridge. Ballarat Park and Piramma Park are great choices for most enthusiast visitors. These parks are yellow zones, therefore, early birds will get the best spots. Pirmma Park has public toilets and BBQ spots as well.
Chukka Asian Fusion Restaurant the end of Jones Bay Wharf overlook the Harbour Bridge. Therefore, booking this restaurant for a dinner can be a great idea.
Bangaroo Reserve is a new addition to Sydney Landscape developed at the end of Hickson Road near the new Barangaroo Casino. The park was developed even before the construction started for the Casino to be completed towards the end of next year. The open space commands fantastic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Paramatta River overlooking Balmain and Glebe.
This park is expected to fill up early with firework enthusiasts and families. The rolling grassy knoll commands amazing views of the Harbour and is an ideal spot to enjoy the magnificent fireworks on the new years eve this year.
What are some of the hotels with the best views of the Fireworks?
Sydney has a number of hotels with amazing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The hotels located on Circular Quay include Sydney Inter-Continental , The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney , Shangrila Hotel Sydney and Park Hyatt . These are all 5-Star Hotels. Book online in advance to get the best rates. The rooms might not be available near Christmas.
Another amazing Hotel with great views is Sydney Harbourside in North Sydney, overlooking the Harbour Bridge.
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