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The ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House

The best Sydney has to offer, all under one roof

Gabrielle Anschau

Has your invite from that friend with the great pool not come through yet? Avoid the last minute shuffle for New Year's Eve plans and book in your celebrations at the Sydney Opera House.

Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, celebrate in style or impress the out-of-towners, a Sydney Opera House event (away from the crowds and chaos) is the way to do it. 

Read important information on visiting the Opera House on NYE here.

How does VIP access to a private dining room for $10 sound?

Where: Private room inside the Sydney Opera House

How much:
$10 per person (max 10 tickets available)

Want to experience the ultimate harbourside New Year’s Eve at the Opera House, for just $10? We’re teaming up with our partner Airbnb to offer 10 people a very special way to ring in 2020.

Guests will be hosted in a private VIP area in the heart of the Sydney Opera House. You’ll be treated to a superb dinner curated by hatted chef Karen Martini while learning the secrets of  Australia’s most famous building from an expert Opera House Host. Top off the evening with a series of intimate performances before stepping onto your private balcony to welcome 2020 in style.

Two tickets will be released every Wednesday at midday until 11 December. More info

Celebrate love at La Bohème

Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Suitable for: Ages 16+

How much: From $199 per person

Make this your most glamorous and memorable New Year’s Eve yet. Celebrate with the original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin. Interval is timed perfectly for the 9pm fireworks so you don’t miss a moment. 

Purchase tickets to the exclusive Midnight Party to receive access to canapés, drinks and live entertainment at the conclusion of the performance, with views of the midnight fireworks from the comfort of the Opera House Northern Foyers. More info

Presented by Opera Australia. 

Treat the family to a feast beneath the fireworks

Where: Opera Kitchen, Sydney Opera House

Suitable for: All ages

How much: $690 – $1,295 per person (inclusions vary)

Step away from the crowds and indulge in mouth-watering canapes, French champagne and sweeping views of the fireworks at Opera Kitchen. This family-friendly celebration will have you seeing out 2019 in true Sydney style. More info

Wine and dine in our brand new harbourside function centre

Where: Yallamundi Rooms, Northern Broadwalk, Sydney Opera House

Suitable for: Ages 18+

How much: From $650 per person

Be the first to celebrate NYE in the Sydney Opera House’s newest and most sought after party venue. Wine and dine your way through a sumptuous selection of live food stations curated by Ambassador Chef Karen Martini. You will also be treated to front row seats to the ABC concert as well as panoramic views of the fireworks. More info

Bubbles, bites, and beats

Where: Portside, Western Broadwalk, Sydney Opera House.

Suitable for: Ages 18+

How much: From $495 per person

Dance the night away at Portside Sydney’s NYE house party. Escape the crowded foreshore to the private Western Broadwalk where you’ll be treated to live entertainment, unobstructed harbour views, an abundance of circling canapes and plenty of friendly staff on hand to keep your drink topped up. More info

Watch the fireworks from the Forecourt

Where: Forecourt, Sydney Opera House (right in front of the sails)

Suitable for: All ages

How much: Free

If you’d like to join seven thousand other revellers on the Opera House’s Forecourt to watch the NYE fireworks, it’s a good idea to be prepared.

The site opens to the public at 7:30 am on Tuesday 31 December, and reached full capacity at 11am last year. If you’re lucky enough to nab a spot, there are no pass-outs so you’ll be there for the day. Bring lots of water, a hat, and a personal-sized umbrella for shade (anything bigger than your Bunnings umbrella isn’t permitted!)

Vendors on the Forecourt will serve up a selection of drinks and bites including gozleme, burgers, pies and salads. More info

The ultimate harbourside party

Where: Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House

Suitable for: Ages 18+

Tickets: From $495 per person

It’s no secret that Sydney knows how to throw a NYE party and Opera Bar is at the centre of the action. Boasting front row seats to the world famous Sydney fireworks, live music and more canapés than you can poke a sparkler at, Opera Bar is the perfect way to celebrate with friends in style or impress the out-of-towners. More info

Kick up your heels at the exclusive Opera Gala

Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Suitable for: All ages

How much: From $299 per person

Embrace the glitz and glamour of New Year’s Eve. Here you will be treated to a concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with the 9pm fireworks at interval. What better way to ring in the new year than dressed to the nines at this exclusive New Year’s event. 

Why not go all out and purchase tickets to our lavish Midnight Party? Here you will be treated to live entertainment, bubbles, canapes and spectacular harbour views in the comfort of the Northern Foyers of the Opera House. More info

Presented by Opera Australia.

Some tips for getting to the Opera House on NYE

A little organisation goes a long way when planning your NYE experience at the Opera House. 

  • With large crowds expected and significant road closures in place, public transport is the best way to travel in and around Sydney’s CBD on NYE.
  • Make sure you allow for extra travel time and plan your transport arrangements in advance.
  • The best way to access the Sydney Opera House is on foot via Macquarie Street.

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