Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world.

When it comes to staying in Sydney on that special night some hotels have rooms with incredible views, others have special viewing areas to die for, and then there are those that have that location location location.

Even if your window doesn’t look out onto the action, in the right hotel you can step out and be in a prime position with the freedom to nip back to your room when nature calls, avoiding the whole public portaloo situation.

And when the night is over your bed is oh so close by. No battling for taxis or public transport queues for you.

Of course with this being the biggest night of the year a lot of the top hotels have a minimum night stay over New Year’s Eve and the sooner you can book the better. But it’s still worth checking closer to the time in case someone else has had to give up their prime position and there’s an opening for you.

So which hotels should be on your Sydney New Year’s Eve wish list?

Park Hyatt, Sydney

Nestled between the two biggest stars of the night, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt is a prime location any time of year. Add in the New Year’s Eve fireworks and it’s no wonder this is one of the hottest hotels to be in.

The boardwalk in front of the hotel is closed exclusively for hotel guests, both those staying in residence and those dining at one of the special New Year’s Eve events, which means you can be in the middle of the action without dealing with the crowds.

There’s also a party on the rooftop with unlimited Veuve Clicquot flowing, although that is a special event and hotel guests have to buy tickets before being able to take advantage of that one.

But that also means you don’t have to be staying at the hotel to see in the New Year on the rooftop before making your way home.

You can check out New Year’s Eve availability and prices for Park Hyatt Sydney through Booking.com here, and compare them to the other hotels in their links throughout the story.

Shangri La Hotel, Sydney

With killer panoramic views of both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House the Shangri La Hotel Sydney’s rooms with fireworks views get snapped up very quickly.

If you miss out on one of those premier rooms and want to be in the thick of it, it’s only about five minute’s walk to Circular Quay.

Keep in mind the 36th floor and the stellar vantage points offered by Altitude and Blu Bar are only for those who have booked and paid for a dinner reservation.

But again, you don’t need to be staying at the hotel to sip champagne and dine in this prime location with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the spectacle outside.

Sydney New Years Eve fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

The Macleay

Talk about front page views, The Macleay’s rooftop is where Sydney’s Daily Telegraph photographers have been taking their New Year’s Eve photos for the past ten years or so.

A mix of Hotel and Serviced Apartments, The Macleay in Potts Point looks out over Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline all laid out before you.

Guests who book Harbour View rooms also get access to that coveted rooftop position, and it’s so good the phone starts ringing on New Year’s Day with people trying to book for the next New Year’s Eve.

For the record, New Year’s Eve reservations open on the 5th of January and while they’re usually booked out by May I’m told it’s worth checking in as cancellations can happen. Who knows, you might just get lucky.

The Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Get the right room at Sydney’s Four Seasons and you can watch the fireworks over the Opera House from your bubble bath.

But don’t get any ideas about throwing a bubble bath party with all of your friends; this hotel is so hot on New Year’s Eve that public access is limited. Guests are given two visitor passes per room in case they’d like to invite someone up, and no, they won’t be replaced if you lose them so don’t try that old line.

Keep in mind that the fireworks can only be viewed from the Full Harbour View Rooms. But with the hotel’s location on George Street just across the road from Circular Quay you don’t have to walk far to be in the thick of the New Year’s Eve action. You’re already there.

Four Seasons Sydney Presidential Suite dining roomFour Seasons Sydney Premier Full Harbour View room

Pier One Sydney Harbour

Right on the water and just on the west side of the Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour is another top hotel with an enviable position.

Some rooms have private balconies where you can stand and look up at the bridge beside you, but if you miss out on a room with a view you can step out onto the pier and join the fireworks front row.

Pier One Sydney Harbour is also hosting a New Year’s Eve party with live acts, all you can eat street food style stalls and drinks all night at the pop up bars. This one is an adults only event and tickets are on sale to hotel guests and non-guests alike.

Pier One Sydney Harbour balcony image Jarrad SengPier One Sydney Harbour Hotel

InterContinental Sydney

With an enviable wraparound outdoor terrace, the Sydney InterContinental’s rooftop lounge is prime fireworks real estate.

As space is strictly limited up there on level 31, Club InterContinental access is exclusively for hotel guests who are either in Club Rooms or have purchased access to the Club Lounge.

Those lucky folks will have drinks, canapés and incredible harbour views. Guests without access to level 31 and without a view from their room will be able to get out amongst the revelry at Circular Quay safe in the knowledge that their bed is a short distance away when the midnight fun is over.

Sydney Harbour views from Sydney Intercontinental Hotel, Club Intercontinental

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

On the Opera House side of Circular Quay in the middle of the action you’ll find the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour.

As barricades are put up around prime viewing areas some people camp out all day to be in front of the Pullman Quay Grand at midnight. An area that the hotel’s guests can pop in and out of as they please.

Mind you, those with views of the Harbour Bridge from their room are unlikely to be going anywhere.

Pullman Quay Grand Quay Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

The Sir Stamford at Circular Quay’s rooftop is usually closed to hotel guests, but this is one of those times when exceptions are made.

The hotel opens the rooftop for a special New Year’s Eve event, where guests enjoy dinner and live entertainment in the hotel and have rooftop access for the fireworks at 9pm and midnight. The dinner is open to guests and non guests who get in before it’s sold out.

As for staying at the hotel, some rooms look out onto the harbour bridge but guests who don’t have that winning view and prefer not to go for the dinner and rooftop option can pop outside and join the crowds at Circular Quay when it’s fireworks time.

So there we have it, some of the best hotels for fireworks magic on New Year’s Eve.

But how about you? Have you had a wonderful New Year’s in Sydney and loved your hotel? If so do let me know and I’ll make sure to check them out for next year.

This post contains some affiliate links, so if you click on a link and book something I will get a little something to help pay those blogging bills. You can find out how and why I use travel affiliate programs here. 

Looking for more fun Sydney ideas? Check out my list of 20 great tours and things to do in Sydney for every budget.

The information in this piece is correct as at November 2017. Please be aware that minimum stays and special access to areas may change in the years to come.

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  1. Great round up of NYE Sydney hotel options Amanda!

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