How To Spend New Year’s Eve In Sydney On A Backpacker Budget

2022 Update

If you’re lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney, you want to do it right without breaking the bank. Many events can charge upwards of $200-$300 per person, not including alcohol or food. We’ve done some digging to find the best places to kiss 2022 goodbye in Sydney on a backpacker budget. From watching the fireworks, to glitter parties, bottomless drinks packages, and music festivals, keep reading to find out where you should go this New Year’s Eve!

Of course, one of the main attractions in Sydney is the fireworks above the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are two shows, one at 9pm and one at midnight. The 9pm show is intended to be family-friendly. Many free locations, especially those with good views, will reach capacity early in the day. If you decide to head to a free park, be sure to pack snacks and get there early! Otherwise, we’ve let you know below some areas where you can purchase inexpensive tickets.

Best 2022 NYE Events For Backpackers

1) Side Bar NYE Glitter Party

Glisten into the New Year with free glitter makeovers, glitter cannons, and DJ’s until 3am. $20 for Express Entry before 10:30pm, with a complimentary drink on arrival. Or, why not UPGRADE to the 3 Hour Bottomless Package, with free-flowing cocktails, beer, wine & spirits and unlimited pizza. Find out all the sparkling details here.

2) Robertson Park

This is one that not many people know about! Head to Robertson Park in Watsons Bay for incredible views, and an amazing atmosphere for the NYE countdown – and you don’t have to pay a penny! Free.

3) Darling Harbour

Book a dinner reservation at one of Darling Harbour’s beautiful restaurants, and you’re guaranteed a good time! There will be general access to the area, but get in there early to avoid missing the best spots! Find out more here.

4) New Years Eve In The Rocks

Entry to The Rocks is selling fast! With tickets starting at $25, you’ll have access to some of the best vantage points for The Fireworks and access to a brilliant selection of Food and Drinks venues! Purchase tickets here.

5) NYE In The Park

This is the only NYE festival in Sydney, so it would be one not to miss if you are a festival-lover! This year they’re bringing a MASSIVE line-up to Victoria Park, including Flight Facilities, Lime Cordial, Cut Copy, The Poof Doof Drag Jamboree, and heaps more. Last release tickets $169! Purchase here.

6) Salty’s Bondi

Celebrate in the heart of Bondi Beach, with ocean views! Indulge in a 3 hour bottomless experience, with unlimited beer, wine & seltzers, and an all-you-can-eat Bondi X Socal sharing feast of food for $199pp. Tickets here.

7) Harbour Party At Luna Park

Start your new year, in the most thrilling way possible, at the famous Luna Park – with some of the best views possible in Sydney! This one is a bit on the expensive side, but sometimes New Year’s Eve is worth the special splurge! Last release $200, available here.

backpacking australia, budget, travel tips australia

Check In
Check Out