New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour

Come and join thousands of other boaties on Sydney Harbour for the world’s best New Years Eve!

There really is no better place to welcome in the New Year than in Sydney – the New Year’s Eve Capital of the World.

Sydney dazzles with its world-class event and a spectacular midnight fireworks display. The internationally-loved event on Sydney Harbour brings in more than 1.5 million spectators and is watched by more than 1 billion viewers across the world.

Celebrations start with pre-show entertainment from 5.00pm and festivities get bigger with the not-to-be-missed 9.00pm family and midnight fireworks displays.

Exclusion Zone
In the interest of public safety, an Exclusion Zone – marked by lit yellow buoys – will extend from Cockatoo Island in the west to Clarke Island in the east.

The Exclusion Zone will be activated from 8pm on New Year’s Eve until 12.45am on New Year’s Day. No unauthorised traffic will be allowed inside the Exclusion Zone and there will be no access under the Sydney Harbour Bridge during this time.

The Exclusion Zone will remain active for about 45 minutes after the end of the Midnight Fireworks display to ensure the safety clearance of the fireworks barges. Vessels must keep outside this area until the Exclusion Zone is lifted.

A maximum 6-knot no-wash speed limit will be in force between Cockatoo Island and Steele Point from 3pm 31 December 2012 to 2am 1 January 2013.

With so many small and large vessels in the dark, it is important skippers use appropriate navigation lights for the safety of their craft and passengers.

For more information visit the Sydney New Year’s Eve website –

For spectator tips go to the below link.