New Year’s Eve will go off with a bang on the Beaches this year, so pack your picnic and prepare for an evening of celebration with our top spots for 31 December.


Rowland Reserve | 9pm and midnight

Two fireworks displays are planned at Rowland Reserve, one at 9pm and one at midnight, presented by local businesses with the council’s support.

Fireworks can be enjoyed from nearby locations as the reserve will be closed for the event.

Opened alcoholic drinks are prohibited at Rowland Reserve from 6am on 31 December to 6am 1 January.

If you watch the display from Winnererremy Bay in Mona Vale, opened containers of alcohol are banned from 8pm to 8am daily.

Manly Cove

Esplanade Reserves | 9pm

Local businesses, supported by Northern Beaches Council, will put on a family fireworks show in at East and West Esplanade Reserves, Manly Cove.

Some roads will be closed from 5pm to 10.30pm, including parts of West and East Esplanade, Belgrave Street, West Promenade, Victoria Parade, Wentworth Street, Eustace Street and Gilbert Street.

It is prohibited to have opened containers of alcohol on West Esplanade Reserve 24 hours a day and on the East Esplanade between 8pm and 8am daily.

Frenchs Forest

Lionel Watts Reserve | 9pm

Lionel Watts Reserve is the place to be on NYE if you live in the Forest area, where you can watch a fireworks display at the Frenchs Forest Showground.

The Showground will be partially closed from 2pm to 8pm and fully closed from 8pm.

The Showground, which is used as a dog park, will be cleaned overnight and ready by 6am on 1 January for your pup’s morning run.

Having opened containers of alcohol is prohibited between 8pm and 8am on Lionel Watts Reserve. Also, no glass is allowed on the reserve.

Sydney Harbour fireworks

North Head

9pm and midnight

If you want to see the fireworks in the city but don’t like the idea of getting there, why not watch them from North Head? The best vantage point is 1.8km from the gate, with no vehicle access on New Year’s Eve, so visitors need to be able to walk the distance.

Get there early and watch the sunset with a picnic dinner.

For more details, see the Northern Beaches Council website.