New Years Eve Sydney accessible options

New Years Eve Sydney accessible options
Posted on Wed 20 Dec 2017

Each year, Sydney New Year’s Eve is viewed by more than 1 million people around Sydney

Harbour and more than 1 billion people worldwide.

The City of Sydney aims to produce a New Year’s Eve experience that is safe, inclusive, accessible and enjoyable.

Whether you watch the celebrations on the foreshore or take part from the comfort of your own home, here’s some useful information to welcome in the New Year.

Top tools to plan your night!

  • Your one-stop-shop for everything accessible.
  • Our event guide is available in large print, audio and an Easy Read version of the guide has also been created for the first time this year. The guide will also be available in many different languages.
  • From 27 December, volunteers from our information booths will guide individuals or groups along routes between public transport and vantage points. They will help guests become familiar with the route and any changes on New Year’s Eve.
  • Spaces are limited. Bookings essential.


Celebrate in Sydney

  • Viewing areas - Take advantage of the designated accessible viewing areas throughout the city and harbour foreshore. These are reserved areas for people with disability to enjoy with their family and friends. Bookings are essential.
  • Vantage points - Our vantage point map shows general public viewing areas that re accessible. Select the accessible filter.
  • Pylon Projections - Keep an eye out for the Auslan, BSL and ASL interpretations of Welcome to Sydney. These will be projected on the east and west Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

Other ways to celebrate

  • Audio description – Listen to a live audio description from 8:30pm on ABC Extra on digital radio and on the ABC Listen app and also through your radio reading service 2RPH on AM 12.24 or FM 100.5 in Sydney and Newcastle. Highlights include the Welcome to Country, 9pm family fireworks, Harbour of Light Parade and midnight fireworks display. Bring your own radio with headphones to tune in. KIIS 1065 will also simulcast soundtracks for the 9pm and midnight fireworks.
  • TV and online - You can watch the event on the ABC and iView. The broadcast begins at 8.35pm. Live closed captions available.
  • Radio – KIIS 1065 simulcasts the soundtracks for the fireworks at 9pm and midnight.


Make and enquiry

Sydney New Year’s Eve Accessibility Officer

Phone: +61 2 9265 9333


If you are deaf or a person with low hearing or speech considerations, contact the

National Relay Service. You’ll need to provide them with the number 02 9265 9333.

If you need to contact us through an interpreter, call the Telephone Interpreting Service

(TIS) on 13 14 50, and ask them to contact us on 02 9265 9333.

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