Five Sydney Ways to Celebrate NYE 2015 for $100 or less

Nicki Alchin
28th Dec 2015

Here at Sydney Scoop we understand that the pressure of festive party season can unravel the best of us. To help you enter 2016 in a state of zen, we’ve scoured Sydney’s event pages and delivered five top notch value for money 2015 NYE experiences. The premise was to find fun celebrations that give the biggest entertainment and catering bang for $100 bucks (or less). The list in no particular order is as follows:

Sydney Harbour Fireworks Picnic

Cost: $45 + bf pp (+$50 picnic/2) / $29.50 + bf pp (+$64 picnic/2)

Where: Bradley’s Head Mast Precinct, Sydney Harbour National Park OR
Barangaroo Reserve – Hickson Road, Sydney

When: Gates 3pm 31 December 2015 close 12.30am 1 January 2015
Gates 6pm 31 December 2015 close 12.30am 1 January 2015

Theme: Both venues offer a family friendly outdoor viewing of fireworks


Picnic: (+61 2) 9319 3019 /

Bradley’s Head Mast Precinct Pros:

a) safe / friendly / no glass
b) Sydney Harbour fireworks
c) live music and entertainment
d) pre-ordered picnic for 2 (veg avail) – menu on
e) food outlet


a) alcohol free zone
b) lots of families

Barangaroo Reserve Pros:

a) safe / friendly 
b) Sydney Harbour fireworks 
c) food and alcohol outlets 
d) fancy pre-ordered picnic for 2 (veg avail)


a) no BYO alcohol
b) no music/entertainment
c) BYO radio
d) lots of families

Glam Rock Party and Darling Harbour Fireworks

Cost: $100 pp + bf

Where: Hard Rock Café Darling Harbour

When: 10pm 31 December 2015 10pm to 3am 1 January 2016.

Theme: Glam rock n roll NYE party (Package 2)



a) 5 hrs bar snacks / beer, wine, sprits
b) glam Rock theme – optional dress up
c) entertainment with DJs
d) Darling Harbour fireworks viewing – wraparound balcony
e) strictly 18+, no minors


a) no Syd Harbour fireworks

King Street, Newtown Precinct

Cost: no cover charge

Where: Newtown Hotel / Marlborough Hotel / Waywards (Bank Hotel)

When: 6pm 31 December 2015 to 2am 1 January 2016

Theme: local indie party, DJs, live bands


a) nil cover charge, nil lock out laws
b) well-known indie DJs or live music
c) out of the hustle of city
d) can spend as much as you want on food/drinks


a) no view of fireworks
b) pay as you go food/drinks

NYE City Rooftop Party

Cost: $60 pp + bf (1st release) / $25 pp + bf - $15 pp + bf students

Where: The Bristol Arms, Level 3, 81 Sussex Street, Sydney OR
Shellbourne Hotel, 200 Sussex Street, Sydney

When: 8pm 31 December 2015 to 3am 1 January 2016
8pm 31 December 2015 to 4am 1 January 2016

Theme: New Years Eve on a beautiful quirky Hamptons styled rooftop OR
South American Carnival with samba dancers and drummers


Bristol Arms Pros:

a) beer, wine, bubbles & canapés 8pm to 11pm
b) DJs playing all night – Retro nightclub entry included too
c) rooftop open till late
d) should be able to glimpse fireworks


a) food/drink cut out

Shellbourne Hotel Pros:

a) low cost of ticket
b) Samba dancers and drummer
c) see fireworks from rooftop
d) DJs – 3 levels of music
e) Includes carnival mask and party gifts


a) no food or drink included

Sophisticated 1940s Casino NYE party in Potts Point

Cost: $95 pp + bf

Where: The Roosevelt Bar and Diner, 32 Orwell Street, Potts Point

When: 6pm 31 December to 2.30 am 1 January 2016

Theme: 1940s Casino themed - touch of Hollywood glitz and glamour



a) entertainment / gaming chips – prizes
b) post midnight buffet
c) Mumm Champagne at midnight
d) frock up to impress


a) no fireworks
b) pay as you go for drinks
c) supper is after midnight