Australia’s favourite spot to celebrate New Year in ahead of the rest of us back home in the UK, Sydney sure knows how to put on a spectacular firework show.
Families tend to flock to the North Shore to watch the Harbour Bridge fireworks display whilst younger revellers squish into the packed out CBD viewing spots nearer the action. Alcohol isn’t permitted in the fenced off areas though, so if you’re looking for a proper party the Balmain bohemian pub may be a better bet for you.
Another fantastic option for unbeatable views and all the food and drink that you can carry, is to book a ticket for the NYE Rocket Fireworks Cruise. Tickets start from $490 (£265) for this four and a half hour boat ride making it a brilliant choice for that extra special celebratory romantic New Year’s Eve rather than one for the whole family.
Once the party’s died down, there’s plenty of places to explore on your bicycle whilst enjoying the Australian summer. Centennial Park, Ettalong Way, Sydney Harbour Bridge & Pylon Lookout and the Sydney Olympic Park all make for great family rides varying in length from just a few thousand metres to 35 kilometres in length.
For the more hardcore cyclists, a pedal to the beautiful Blue Mountains may be in order. The ride from the Harbour Bridge into the National Park is about 120km in length so you’ll be wanting to take an overnight bag and stay in the park for a day or two before making your way back to the city.