NYE in Sydney: hotels with firework views

By Lachlan Probyn,

Missed out on an epic NYE? We’ve all been there – from watching the fireworks from your parents’ living room to camping until your leg cramped outside the Opera House.

If you want to snag your next NYE accommodation with front-seat firework views this year, then make it your New Year’s Resolution to turn things around right now. You can save yourself from disappointment by booking your hotel early. We’ve got you and your mates covered with Sydney’s best hotels with firework views, from Circular Quay to Potts Point!

Opera House

NYE in Circular Quay

1. The Four Seasons Sydney


Four Seasons Sydney - room overlooking Circular Quay

If you’re venturing to Sydney for NYE, why not get in the thick of it all with a stay in Circular Quay? For some serious five-star luxury accommodation with views to envy, a night at The Four Seasons Sydney won’t disappoint. Choose one of the Harbour Rooms for unparalleled views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and settle in for the night with a camera and some bubbly in hand.

Four Seasons Sydney - bathroom overlooking Opera House

New Years Eve inevitably means celebration, so why not kick start your night with a gastronomic experience at in-house restaurant, Pei Modern?


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NYE hotels in The Rocks

2. Harbour Rocks Hotel

Just a short walk from Circular Quay through the cobbled street’s of The Rocks, is MGallery’s Harbour Rocks Hotel.

You could be forgiven for not noticing the hotel on first sight – it’s heritage facade and large industrial wooden doors do well at hiding the boutique rooms inside.

Step into the hotel lobby, which is actually more of an atrium. Help yourself to complimentary home-made lemonades, while perusing the extensive library of books that line the lobby walls.

For the best view of the fireworks, and Darling Harbour, opt for a Harbour View Suite. Be sure to enjoy a drink downstairs at Eric’s Bar in the hotel lobby, or venture up to the rooftop for drinks with harbour views. The wine list has an impressive mix of Australian and International vinos.

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3. Shangri-La Sydney



The rocks is Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, so why not celebrate the turn of the new year by paying tribute to the city’s rich past? Slightly less historical is the super luxe Shangri-La Sydney. You can be sure to secure the best seat in the house for the NYE fireworks at The Altitude Restaurant, which is located on the 36th floor.


As you sip a flute of champagne and begin the countdown, marvel at spectacular panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. After all the frivolity has come to an end, retreat to your room which is appointed with all the essentials for an indulgent stay – think a flat-screen TV, a dreamy queen-sized bed, and plenty of luxury linen. Heaven!

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NYE in Darling Harbour

4. Hyatt Regency Sydney

(Formally Four Points by Sheraton)


Darling Harbour is a great place to secure some spectacular firework views, and if you’re looking to experience these from the comfort of a hotel, Hyatt Regency Sydney delivers superbly. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows featured in the rooms, guests are ensured unobstructed water views. Our recommendation? The Suite, which comes complete with a wrap-around balcony overlooking Darling Harbour.

Four Points by Sheraton - room

Watch out for the new opening of the hotel’s rooftop bar, Zephyr, which will no doubt deliver some spectacular firework views come NYE!

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NYE in Potts Point

5. The Macleay


The word is out that local journos have been flocking to The Macleay in Potts Point for years to secure their NYE firework snaps. So are you ready to follow the experts? The Macleay comes with million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House – but without the matching price tag.

The Macleay - Room

The accommodation comes at a reasonable price, and if you’re looking for the best seat in the house, go for one of the Harbour View rooms. Now all that’s left to organise is the friends’ invite and some celebratory bubbly!

The Macleay - daytime view

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6. Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks



This moderately-priced gem in The Rocks is just what you and your girlfriends are looking for. A number of rooms open up to front-seat views of Sydney Harbour – perfect for a classy night of bubbly and some R&R the day after to ease yourself into the New Year. Let your hair down in the outdoor pool, hydrotherapy spa and sauna. And if you promised yourself a new year; a new you, perhaps a visit to the on-site gym is more up your alley!


Choose from a number of rooms including spacious studios, one-bedroom apartments and, in true Rocks fashion, historic terrace houses.

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