Top 5 destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve on a luxury yacht

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Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve fireworks


Best for spectacular fireworks

Sydney detonates seven tonnes of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, if you think the Sydney Opera House looks a million dollars in daylight, see it when it’s reflecting AUS$7 million of fireworks.

The main arsenal is discharged from Sydney Harbour Bridge but the display is repeated all along the harbour from barges, so everyone gets a view. Really, everyone: 1.6 million people, a 14th of Australia’s population (give or take the odd tourist), pack the foreshore of Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve. Indeed, it is painfully crowded for those staking out a patch of grass by the water and those who pay for ticketed events. Get the best view of the world’s most spectacular New Year fireworks display from a superyacht, floating serenely in the harbour.

Where to anchor your superyacht in Sydney for New Year's Eve 

Yachts that have cleared customs simply liaise with harbour control and pilotage is not compulsory (but is available) for recreational vessel over 30 metres. These yachts anchor in an assigned area opposite Bradleys Head that offers a “gun barrel view of the harbour and all fireworks barges” on New Year’s Eve in Sydney, says Joachim Howard, director of Australian yacht charter and management company Ocean Alliance. Sydney Superyacht Marina at Rozelle offers outstanding facilities for yachts of up to 70 metres a few minutes from the heart of the city, while its external site Campbell’s Cove takes two vessels of up to 90 metres opposite the Opera House.
Spit Marina in Sydney is also currently undergoing an expansion to attract superyachts

Where to party

Sydney is packed with trendy, boutique cocktail bars – The Lobo Plantation in the CBD and Eau de Vie in Darlinghurst are fresh favourites. The Opera House holds a Midnight Party from 10.30pm, while further into town The Ivy Pool Club is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash at its chic, 1960s Palm Beach-inspired venue. Ultra-hip hangout Bondi Icebergs holds a fantastic New Year’s Day party.

Where to recover

Get out of town. Russell King, captain of 37 metre Sydney charter yacht Tango, says: “Following the New Year’s Eve festivities, we often head north, just 15 miles from Sydney Harbour, to the very peaceful Broken Bay – Pittwater area. There are many calm anchorages, surrounded by national parks – a great place to chill out or enjoy watersports.”

If you are looking for inspiration on where to head after New Year's Eve don't miss our nine day itinerary around Sydney Harbour

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