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.
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
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.
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
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.
To find out more about chartering in the region, please see our in-depth Australia yacht charter guide. For some inspiration, check out our sample itineraries handpicked by experts with in-depth knowledge of the region.
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.