New Year's Day 2016


Whether you’ve enjoyed New Year's Eve at an exclusive cocktail party on Sydney Harbour, taken a cruise, or simply enjoyed the spectacle from one of Sydney’s many foreshores with friends, the warm summer ambiance continues with a range of activities to enjoy on New Year's Day in Sydney.

  • Field Day 2015, Sydney
  • Sydney Harbour

Celebrate New Year’s Day in Sydney

Field Day 2015, Sydney

After Sydney's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks, New Year’s Day brings another of Sydney’s biggest parties with Field Day. Since 2002 this open air festival has featured local and international artists performing over multiple stages at The Domain, in the heart of the city. It’s a great way to kick off the New Year, with 2016 welcoming groups such as Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and Pusha T. This relaxed music festival in the park runs through the day and into the evening.

The Splash Festival meanwhile launches in Rose Bay, with up to 800 dinghies gracing Sydney Harbour’s shoreline to showcase the best of dinghy racing and youth sailing in Australia. This event will attract national and international sailors testing their skills on the iconic harbour. Racing is held across four course areas, from Kirribilli to Middle Head, offering multiple vantage points.

Art & About  features riveting public art displays throughout the city through the summer, with thought provoking pieces and performances exhibited in unusal spaces. Enjoy the latest installation at your leisure as you wander through Sydney City.

Before you start your day indulge in a post-NYE breakfast debrief at one of the city’s cafes. Most inner-Sydney cafes are open on New Year's Day, with Reuben Hills, Edition Coffee Roasters and Room 10 popular venues. If you're in the mood for dumplings and delicious fried treats, head to Chinatown for yum cha (dim sum). Grab a table at the famous Marigold, or pop in to the popular Zilver or nearby The Eight for plump dumplings, bbq duck and delicious Chinese greens with oyster sauce.