All you need to know about New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour

Sydney will again set a benchmark for the rest of the world.

Tens of thousands of fireworks, weighing in at 8.5 tonnes, will explode over Sydney Harbour this New Year’s Eve.

Here’s all you need to know.

8:57pm: We Are Warriors

Created by Indigenous social enterprise, We Are Warriors, the show starts at 8:57 pm with pylon projections that celebrate the past, present and future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

An Elder and child come together to deliver a Welcome to Country that ends with a symbolic Aboriginal message stick being presented to the Lord Mayor as a gift to the people, acknowledging Sydney for recognising the lands and the First Peoples of the city.

The family-friendly show features an exclusive soundtrack by producer and singer 18YOMAN and producer and rapper Nooky and will sync with the live New Year’s Eve broadcast on ABC.

Simultaneously, projections on the bridge will depict the story of Pemulwuy, a famous Aboriginal resistance fighter of the colonial era.

9:10 pm: Sydney Harbour Lights

From 9:10 pm, the iconic Sydney Harbour Lights, featuring tall ships, commercial craft and ferries, will make a majestic passage around the harbour.

The vessels will add to the spectacle of the night and join hundreds of other boats before anchoring in designated viewing zones ahead of the midnight fireworks.

In a finale of celebrations to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, images and visuals created by Vandal will be projected onto the pylons, followed by AI-generated imagery including doughnuts, balloons and flowers.

Midnight: Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks

For 27 years, Foti Fireworks has created Sydney’s globally renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks and will welcome 2024 with an exhilarating 12-minute spectacle.

The midnight fireworks will be launched from 6 water-based platforms, 5 city building rooftops, 4 pontoons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. More than 8.5 tonnes of fireworks will be used in the display, fired from 18,000 cues across the locations.

The bridge alone will have 7000 cues fired from 184 different positions. The display will feature 36,000 shooting effects including comets, mines and crossettes, 13,000 aerial shells including serpent, Saturn ring and horse tail willow shells, and silver and gold pyrotechnics to commemorate the Opera House’s 50th anniversary. is the ultimate guide to visiting Sydney. It provides up-to-date information on attractions, places to visit, restaurants, shops, visitor information and transport. The site is published by Cruise Media Australasia, a Big Splash Media company. Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: Peter Lynch.

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