Where Can I Best See Sydney NYE Fireworks by Boat?

New Year’s Eve in Sydney is truly something special, with its magical fireworks lighting up the sky. But let’s be honest, figuring out the best spots to catch the show can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gathered a list of recommended spots for positioning your boat to watch this year’s Sydney NYE fireworks.

The first thing to note is the Exclusion Zone, this comes into effect from 8pm onwards, specifics are below, but find your ideal spot, get anchored securely and then you’re locked in until after the show, so make sure you’re all set up and not planning any pickups after 8pm. See the details on spots below.


  • There are exclusion zones between Balls Head and Bradleys Head, as well as east of Cockatoo Island. These zones have changed from 2022 and are marked by yellow-lit buoys. No unauthorised traffic is allowed inside these zones from 8pm onwards.
  • A minimum wash speed limit of 6 knots applies from 3pm on New Year’s Eve until 2am on New Year’s Day.
  • Safety messages will be broadcast on marine VHF channels 17 and 13. In case of an emergency, dial 000 (triple zero).

North-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Clarkes Point Reserve

Clarkes Point Fireworks
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Enjoy stunning views of the fireworks against the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Cockatoo Island.

Balls Head Reserve

Balls Head Fireworks
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Experience panoramic views that serve as a captivating backdrop for the fireworks extravaganza.

Berrys Bay

Berrys Bay Fireworks
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Find a serene setting with unobstructed views and front-row seats to the mesmerising fireworks show.

Lavender Bay

Lavender Bay Fireworks
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Witness picturesque views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and an enchanting fireworks display

South-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Mort Bay

Mort Bay Fireworks
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Located south-west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mort Bay is a popular spot for boat viewing, surrounded by the beauty of the bay.

Ballast Point Reserve

Ballast Point Fireworks
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Enjoy a unique south-western perspective of the sparkling fireworks show from Ballast Point.

Snails Bay

Snails Bay Fireworks
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A peaceful south-western retreat to anchor your boat and take in the breathtaking fireworks display.

North-east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Kurraba Point

Kurraba Point Fireworks
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Offers stunning views of the fireworks display with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline as the backdrop.

Cremorne Point

Cremorne Point Fireworks
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Provides a prime location to witness the fireworks against the Sydney Opera House and cityscape.

Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay Fireworks
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Offers excellent views of the fireworks illuminating the night sky, surrounded by a charming waterfront atmosphere.

Mosman Bay

Mosman Bay Fireworks
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Provides a tranquil setting to enjoy the fireworks and the beauty of the Sydney Harbour.

Athol Bay

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A secluded spot in the north-east offering awe-inspiring views of the fireworks over the Sydney Harbour.

South-east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Farm Cove

Farm Cove Fireworks
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Provides an excellent vantage point to witness the fireworks with the majestic Sydney Opera House in the background.

Woolloomooloo Bay

Woolloomooloo Bay Fireworks
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Provides a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy the fireworks display amidst the lively waterfront scene.

Rushcutters Bay

Rushcutters Bay Fireworks
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Offers picturesque views of the fireworks display, anchored in this charming bay with a magical city ambiance.

Double Bay

Double Bay Fireworks
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Provides a chic and sophisticated spot to watch the fireworks with a stylish atmosphere.

Rose Bay

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Offers a scenic location to enjoy the fireworks display with breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour.






Whether you decide to position your boat at one of the recommended spots, immerse yourself in the heart of the city’s festivities, or find a cosy spot along the waterfront, embrace the enchantment of the moment and forge enduring memories as you welcome the New Year in Sydney. May your night be brimming with joy, laughter, and a profound sense of optimism for the exciting adventures that await.

Davis Marine Brokerage wishes you a happy New Year!


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