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Preparing for New Year's Eve at Portside

Access on the evening 

  • To gain access to the Event, YOU MUST:
  • Head to Macquarie Street where you will see a tent which is your initial identification stage. Please present your ticket, identification and credit card used to purchase the ticket at this stage.
  • All ticket holders will be subject to a search of the person and/or a bag search for security purposes.  Each ticket holder gives consent to such a search.  If a ticket holder does not permit that search, he/she will not be permitted to enter the Event.
  • Proceed along the forecourt until you reach the Western Broadwalk.
  • If you arrive before 7.00 pm, you will be asked to wait in an assembly area until ticket scanning commences.
  • A delay may be experienced at the entry point to the Event while tickets are scanned, identification is checked and unique wristbands issued and attached.
  • If accessing by car:
  • The Sydney Opera House car park will be affected due to road closures and will be closed before, during and after the Event. For the operating hours of the car park please check We recommend ticket holders check the official Sydney New Year’s Eve website for updates on transport including road closures, train and bus information, or for public transport information call 131 500.
  • Information regarding road closures will be available, when released, at For real-time updates on road closures and traffic, follow @LiveTrafficSyd

Important Information

As per our ticket terms and conditions:

  • All ticket holders must present valid photo ID upon entry. This can be a drivers license, passport or photo card
  • A valid ticket must be presented upon arrival, please print at home. As a back up, we suggest having your tickets on your phone
  • There is one ticket per person. Each ticket has a barcode and this needs to be scanned upon entry. Multiple tickets of one ticket will not allow multiple entries into the event. The unique bar code on each ticket can only be used once
  • This is an over 18's event, under 18’s will not be admitted and turned away
  • This event is strictly non-smoking
  • Unauthorised sale or duplication of this ticket will prevent your admittance to the event
  • If you have purchased a ticket from any source other than or, we are unable to verify if the ticket is genuine and cannot guarantee your entry into the event
  • In the event that duplicate copies appear, Portside Sydney reserves the right to refuse entry to ALL ticket holders
  • We suggest comfortable shoes as the event will be on granite all night
  • Should it rain, there will be ponchos available for guests

Conditions of Entry

  1. Although we will endeavour to adhere to the publicised package contents you accept that Portside Sydney has the right to alter elements of the event in our sole discretion. 
  2. The right of admission is reserved and is also subject to Portside Sydney and Sydney Opera House terms of admission. 
  3. It will be a condition of entry that a search of person or possessions may be required at the time of entry to the venue. 
  4. There is to be no glass, alcohol or illegal substances brought onto the Sydney Opera House site. 
  5. Entry will be refused if ticket is damaged, altered or defaced in any way or not purchased from an authorised point of sale. 
  6. Portside Sydney will not take responsibility for any loss or damage to your property (inc personal property such as bags or money) brought to or purchased at the event by you or your invitees. 
  7. All ticket sales are final. Tickets will not be refunded after purchase for any reason. 
  8. There are no refunds due to inclement weather, cancellation of fireworks, failure to adhere to any of the ticket information above or these terms and conditions. 
  9. Portside Sydney practices the responsible service of alcohol. Patrons behaving in a drunken, disorderly or inappropriate manner may be refused entry and/or can be evicted at any time. 
  10. You will be liable for any loss or damage caused at the event by you or your invitees. 
  11. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event for any reason. In the event of cancellation of the event we will provide a refund less an amount to cover the cost of ticketing. 
  12. There will be no refund on any unused portion of tickets if you or your invitees are asked or forced to leave or if you decide not to attend any part of the event. 
  13. Doors open at 7.30pm, event closes at 1.00am. All patrons must be off the Sydney Opera House site by 2am. 
  14. This is an over 18's event, under 18’s will not be admitted and turned away.

View full Terms and Conditions here

Dress code for the evening

While you’re able to dress in whatever you feel comfortable in, the theme is La Riviera. Think beachy vibes with beautiful blues and pastels to complement the stunning sunset along with romantic, airy and breezy summer dresses, smart white shirts with rolled up sleeves and Breton stripes. We also recommend comfortable shoes as you will be on granite for the evening. Take the above as a guide.

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