How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard a Superyacht in Sydney

By Rebecca Bradbury   10 October 2016

The spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney are among the best in the world and what better way to take in the world-famous waterfront firework display than from the vantage point of a luxury charter yacht.

Every year, on 31st December, more than a million people descend into the cosmopolitan streets of Sydney preparing for the stroke of midnight when a mesmerising kaleidoscope of colour lights up the glittering cityscape and magically reflects in the harbour below.

Escape the on-shore crowds, however, and secure front row seats aboard a superyacht. Indeed, Sydney is particularly special as it’s one of the first destinations to welcome in the New Year and such an occasion is best experienced in the luxury exclusive to a private boat rental.

Adding to the appeal is the fact that December and January are peak summer months in Sydney, creating the perfect opportunity to escape the cold winter of the northern hemisphere and enjoy the glorious sunshine of east-coast Australia.

Be sure to book up early though as yacht charters are in high demand across the Christmas and New Year period. Read on to discover some more tips on spending New Year’s Eve aboard a superyacht in Sydney.

fireworks in Sydney Harbour on New Year's Eve
yachts line up in Sydney Harbour Marina on New Year's Eve to watch the spectacular firework displays
a charter guest sips champagne while watching the fireworks in Sydney Harbour


Ensure you anchor in a prime position well before sunset, and start the celebrations early by making the most of the yacht’s entertainment and leisure facilities. Unwind in the Jacuzzi, dine alfresco on food freshly prepared by the on-board Chef and sip champagne on the sundeck.

At 9pm, an eight-minute firework display dubbed as the ‘family fireworks’ get underway, whetting spectators’ appetites for the main event. This, of course, launches into action on the stroke of midnight, with yacht-goers treated to 360-degree views of awe-inspiring pyrotechnics.

The 12-minute spectacle sees fireworks launch from the iconic landmarks of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as well as seven barges strategically placed across the harbour. There is certainly no New Year’s Eve celebrations quite like Sydney.

Start the celebrations early by making the most of the yacht’s entertainment and leisure facilities

motor yacht Oscar II’ anchors in a quiet bay against the backdrop of Sydney's cityscape


Charterers can anchor in a number of locations across the glittering harbour and be in a prime position to take in the New Year’s action. Hot spots north east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge include Neutral Bay, Shell Cove, Mosman Bay and Athol Bay, with gun barrel views available just opposite Bradley’s Head.

Clarkes Point, Greenwich Ferry Jett, Mann Point, Balls Head, Berrys Bay and Lavender Bay offer fantastic views in the north west of the harbour opposite the anchorages of Mort Bay, Ballast Point and Snails Bay in the south west.

South eastern vantage points, meanwhile, include Woolloomooloo Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Rose Bay and Farm Cove, a brilliant spot set against the backdrop of the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

upmarket bars and restaurants line King Street Wharf as the sun sets over Sydney Harbour
the glamorous bar The Ivy in Sydney
charter guests celebrate New Year's Eve with champagne


Sydney has a vibrant and eclectic nightlife scene, where the partying endures well after the fireworks have finished. If you want to get involved, step ashore and join the late-night revellers continue the celebrations into the early hours at a whole host of bars and clubs across the city.

Many upmarket establishments are to be found in harbour-side terraces and rooftop bars, with venues along the cobblestone streets of The Rocks and the waterfront precinct of King Street Wharf among the most exclusive.

Partygoers may prefer to take advantage of the city’s thriving clubs such as the world-renowned Chinese Laundry, known for attracting a standout list of international DJs, house and techno hubOne22, and the glamorous urban oasis of The Ivy.

The meandering waterways of the city will be able to offer the perfect remedy to a lively night of festivities

charter guests relax in spa pool on foredeck of superyacht Oscar II


Extend your yacht charter and the meandering waterways of the city will be able to offer the perfect remedy to a lively night of festivities. Indeed, beyond Sydney Harbour, the coastline encompasses national parks, historic sites and beautiful beaches best explored by luxury yacht.

Destinations to include on your sailing itinerary include Sugarloaf Bay, where yacht-goers can unwind in secluded surrounds or try their hand at the on-board water toys.

Little Manly Cove is a laidback beach town suitable for family visits as well as surfing and diving, whereas the nearby North Head Nature Reserve is perfect for those wanting to explore New South Wales’ pristine bush. 

The sweeps of golden sand at Whale Beach and Palm Beach make for idyllic days spent in Pittwater, while active guests will love taking advantage of the plethora of activities offered by the natural playground of Cowan Creek and Hawkesbury River.

helicopter lands on expedition yacht on Caroline as the sun sets
charter guests relax on the sundeck of motor yacht Quantum
charter guests enjoy alfresco dining on charter yacht 'Ghost II'


An array of superyachts are available to charter in Sydney, with the 43m/139ft expedition yacht TANGO among the biggest on offer. A go-anywhere explorer from Austal, she is equipped with features such as a sauna and spa, a touch-and-go helipad, chic deck areas and and interiors, a long list of water toys.

Plus, she is able to accommodate up to 60 guests at harbour cruises, making her an ideal choice for hosting an event charter on New Year’s Eve before exploring the other costal delights of New South Wales with a smaller number of eight people.

The 37m/122ft motor yacht ‘Ghost II’, launched in 2016 by Gulf Craft, is another top choice. With head-turning looks, she boasts a jet black hull and metallic superstructure as well as state-of-the-art entertainment systems, luxurious interiors and the capacity to host up to 120 day guests.  

Other options include the sleek and sporty 37m/120ft motor yacht QUANTUM and the 31m/103ft motor yacht ‘Oscar II’. Both were delivered by Australian yard Warren Yachts and boast amenities such as a barbecues, spa pools, luxe deck areas and contemporary interiors.

spa pool on board superyacht Tango as she cruises on charter in Sydney

For further information on planning a New Year’s Eve charter, speak to your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, compare all luxury yachts available to charter in Sydney.

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