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Early Bird Special: Sydney NYE Parties To Book Before They Sell Out

As the first major international city to celebrate the end of one year and start of another, Sydney sets an example with its NYE parties for the rest of the world to follow. And time and time again, it delivers. The city’s NYE soirees are truly something special.

And while some of this year’s celebrations have yet to be announced, there are a handful that have. From parties in unparalleled, harbourside locations to exquisite five-course tasting dinners – we’ve rounded up those among them that are our Sydney New Year Eve favourites.

ARIA Sydney

Sydney New Year Eve

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Matt Moran’s Aria Sydney has long been an upscale NYE celebration venue thanks to its prime position overlooking Sydney Harbour. And this year will be no exception with the restaurant going all out for their landmark 20th anniversary.

Executive Chef Joel Bickford’s highly regarded culinary chops will be highlighted on the night with a five-course tasting menu elevated by matching wines. Also included is caviar on arrival, a surprise course and unlimited Champagne.

And with the package also including exclusive terrace access, a remarkable view of the fireworks is guaranteed. And if that wasn’t enough, the Aria team will throw in a $50 Uber voucher to take care of transportation, as well a take-home gift pack packed with goods, including a signed Matt Moran book.

Tickets to the event are priced at $2,020pp.


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Few NYE sights are as iconic as the Sydney Opera House’s splendid sails lit by the harbour’s midnight fireworks. And it doesn’t get any better than actually being inside the Opera House to witness all the action as it unfolds.

Tickets to the Opera House’s restaurant Bennelong event include Champagne and canapes on arrival, world-class entertainment and the main event: a divine five-course dinner paired with an Australian-only wine list.

While Bennelong is also curating an unparalleled ‘Front Row Table’ experience for $35,00 for a party of up to 12 guests, the offering is now already completely sold out. The other standard package is still available, however, costing $1,690pp.

Pier One Sydney Harbour

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There aren’t many New Year’s Eve experiences quite as spectacular as standing beside the Harbour Bridge as it snaps, crackles, and pops at midnight. Luxury hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour offers just that with an exclusive party in its indoor-space so you can welcome 2020 in style.

The all-inclusive event will feature various premium street food stalls lining the hotel’s section of the pier, as well as pop-up bars and roving entertainment. Tickets to the party start from $699pp for general entry and $899 for VIP.

To get the full experience, pair this with a pre-party, six-course feast at the hotel’s hatted restaurant The Gantry. Crafted by Head Chef Thom Gorringe, each dish was designed to reflect the best of Australian produce.

Dinner-only tickets are priced at $799pp while the dinner and party will see you back $999pp.

InterContinental Sydney

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A large chunk of prime Sydney real estate – 382sqm-worth – can be all yours for you and a few dozen friends if you take advantage of what InterContinental Sydney is offering this NYE. Putting up three of their best interconnecting suites and rooms – including their legendary Presidential Opera Suite – what is touted as the ultimate luxury private guest experience, spanning almost all of the 29th floor, is up for booking during NYE.

Panoramic views taking in the entirety of Sydney Harbour will be complemented by Champagne on arrival, a private butler service, and access to the property’s highly awarded InterContinental Lounge, which is otherwise completely sold out. There you can expect a separate, ticketed party where you and your guests will have access to the wraparound outdoor terrace. Stretching into the morning, the stay package also includes a gourmet breakfast for you and your guests.

Those wanting to book the experience are looking at a rate of from $25,000 per night.

Black Tie New Year’s Eve

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Billed as the world’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve, this mysterious Black Tie event will mark the very first time the covered open-air lounge connected to Overseas Passenger Terminal and Quay Restaurant known as Sydney’s The Observatory Lounge will be used for the year’s swan song.

Curated by The VIP Sydney, Black Tie will unlock this secret part of Sydney Harbour with sweeping, all-encompassing views for up to 40 VIP guests. Anyone who has a ticket will also have access to the adjoining party, which has been planned with pure luxury in mind.

At the party, you can expect cocktails on arrival, along with free-flowing Ruinart Champagne and fine wines. The legendary Chef Peter Gilmore will be taking care of a substantial canape menu, while entertainment will come in the form of Australia’s very own Deni Hines, international DJs and a saxophonist.

For a ticket to The Observatory Lounge and the cocktail party you’re looking at $3,500pp, but for tickets to the cocktail party only it’s $2,500pp. Both events are invite-only, but it is possible to apply to purchase tickets via The VIP Sydney’s website.

Opera Australia

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End the decade with a slice of refined culture as Opera Australia occupies the halls of Sydney Opera House with two different performances, followed by an unparalleled perspective of the fireworks. Whether you’re opting for show-only tickets (starting from $199), or giving yourself over to the entire experience, here you are sure to welcome 2020 with pure inspiration.

You can choose from either Puccini’s popular La Boheme in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, or the Opera Gala in the Concert Hall. The latter will be a particularly dramatic way to farewell the year that was, with a 60-piece orchestra of opera’s most impressive arias by Australia’s finest singers and musicians.

Bookend the night with a pre-performance dinner and a midnight party to get the full scope of what Opera Australia have planned, which includes prime vantage points behind Sydney Opera House, offering up a jaw-dropping perspective of the main show.

If you’re looking at the entire experience – including pre-performance dinner, the show and a midnight party – expect to be paying $1,422pp. For other pricing options check the Opera Australia website.

(Lead image: Aria / Cole Bennetts)

Published 18 November, 2019