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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Sydney’s NYE Fireworks

The safest place to watch the fireworks this year is from the comfort of your couch.

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is famous around the world.

However, like most things that have happened in 2020, this year’s display is going to be a little different. While some things are remaining the same — like the display’s Sydney Harbour location — many other things, including the display’s timing and crowd allowance will be changing. Below, you can find everything you need to know about this year’s Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.


What Time Is It All Happening This Year?

Unlike previous years, there will be no 9pm NYE fireworks display in 2020. Instead, there will be one display at midnight, which will last around seven minutes — a substantially shorter time than past midnight displays, which normally last around 12 minutes.

Who Is Actually Allowed To Attend?

Anyone who wants to watch the fireworks close-up and IRL will need to apply for an entry pass on the Service NSW app or website. That said, these passes won’t be easy to come by. Residents of the area and their guests; people who have a confirmed booking at nearby restaurants, bars, or similar venues; and people who are working in the area will be eligible to apply for passes into the fireworks “green zone”.

From 5pm on New Year’s Eve, every single person coming into the area around Circular Quay will need to show their entry pass to police and other security who will be monitoring the area. Basically, if you don’t have a pass, don’t even bother trying to get in.

If you want to watch from the “yellow zone” (shown below) you won’t need a pass, but please be warned that this area will also be patrolled by police who will be enforcing social distancing.

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While there had been talk of offering frontline workers vantage-point access to the fireworks display, this plan has been postponed until NYE 2021.

So, How Can I Watch From Home?

The safest place to watch the fireworks this year is from the comfort of your living room. The ABC will be broadcasting the midnight fireworks live, so tune in there if you want to watch.


For more information on the Sydney fireworks, and celebrating New Year’s Eve safely in NSW, visit the NSW Government website.

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