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Mrs Macquaries Point

31 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017, Mrs Macquaries Point, the Domain

A free public viewing area in the Domain

 A free public viewing area in the Domain

With panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline, Mrs Macquaries Point is a popular vantage place to be on New Year’s Eve.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney offers a free public viewing area for New Year’s Eve celebrations for up to 14,000 people at Mrs Macquaries Point in the Domain.

Public Viewing Area Information

Getting there

Public transport is the best way to get around Sydney on New Year’s Eve. Leave the car at home and take advantage additional transport services on the night.

To plan your trip visit go to transportnsw or phone 131 500.

Please note there are additional road closures in place this year around the city. For information on public transport services and road closures including an interactive map please visit the Sydney New Year’s Eve website

You can also refer to the City of Sydney event guide for information on viewing areas, transport arrangements, program of events etc.

Access to and from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain 

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is open to the public on New Year’s Eve from 7.00 am but closes from 3.00 pm to protect the globally-valuable scientific plant collection contained within the Garden.

If you are visiting the Garden on New Year’s Eve Day access is only via the Morshead Fountain Gate (located on the corner of Macquarie Street and Bent Street). 

After 3.00 pm there will be no access to the gardens or the New Year’s Eve public viewing areas and event sites. All members of the public will be required to exit via the Morshead Fountain Gate at 3pm.

Entrance to the Free Public Viewing at Mrs Macquaries Point, the Domain

The Entrance to the free public event is via Art Gallery Road. Queuing starts early on the 31st with the gates opening at 10am. Entry is by a small donation ($1, $2 or note). Money raised supports the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which includes world-class science, conservation and education programs.

Access for people with disabilities

Limited accessible parking is available for eligible permit holders. To secure one of the limited accessible parking spaces please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Entrance fee

Entry is by a small donation ($1, $2 or note). Money raised supports the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, which includes world-class science, conservation and education programs.
Access for people with disabilities

Limited accessible parking is available for eligible permit holders. To secure one of the limited accessible parking spaces please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au 

Restrictions

We ask you to be respectful of the environment you are entering and to consider the safety of other patrons. All patrons entering the site will be subject to security searches.

  • No BYO alcohol
  • No glass – jars/glassware/food containers
  • No unsealed beverages, including water
  • No pets
  • No plastic sheeting/tarps
  • No tents, pegs or shade structures
  • No barbeques
  • No bicycles, scooters or skateboards
  • No sharp or serrated knives
  • No bean bags, mattresses or inflatable furniture
  • No sparklers
  • No footballs or frisbees
  • No umbrellas unless under 50 cm.

No pass outs – if you leave the site you are unable to return

What to bring: You don’t need to bring much as we have food and beverages available on-site and the less you bring the quicker entry will be. We do recommend bringing a picnic rug, radio (tune to 2DAY FM104.1 for NYE soundtrack), hat, sunscreen and suitable clothing for all weather conditions.

New Year’s Eve can be a long day while waiting for the spectacular fireworks. It’s a good idea to bring small passive forms of entertainment such as card and board games, particularly if you are bringing children on site.

Waste: This is a waste-wise and leave no trace event. Start the New Year with a favour to the environment and bring all your food in reusable and recyclable packaging. Help us reduce waste, keep recycling facilities uncontaminated and please bin your butts!

Alcohol: This is a licensed event. No BYO alcohol. Bars open from 12 noon. Alcohol sales are subject to Responsible Service of Alcohol and Harm Minimisation Practices which will be strictly enforced.

Food and Beverage: Food and Beverage will be available for sale. Picnics are permitted. Please ensure no glass is brought on site and all beverages including plastic drink bottles are unopened (see below for restrictions). 

Key things to remember 

  • Queuing starts from 7.00 am on New Year’s Eve, 31 December. There is no overnight camping or toilet access.
  • Entry to the Domain’s public viewing areas are via a donation to support sustainability and the Garden’s Save a Species conservation program.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney closes to the public at 3.00 pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December.
  • There is no public fireworks viewing from within the Garden on New Year’s Eve except if you have tickets to the specific events.
  • Bag searches will be conducted at all event sites on entry. For details of what not to bring and other site restrictions see above.
  • No BYO alcohol is permitted to any event site within the Domain. Alcohol can be purchased on-site.
  • We encourage and enforce the responsible consumption of alcohol. 
  • Anyone arriving onsite already under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted entry. 
  • Be waste-wise and leave no trace — help us care for our gardens, environment and plants. Don’t litter and take your rubbish home with you.
  • Be weather-wise — bring sun protection, warm clothing and comfortable footwear.
  • For event updates on NYE at Mrs Macquaries Point follow us at @RBGSydney and #SydNYE 
  • You can also visit Sydney New Year’s Eve for real-time updates, information on when viewing areas are filling up or full.


FAQs

Can I watch the fireworks from inside the Royal Botanic Gardens?

No. Only patrons with tickets to a ticketed event or at the free public viewing area will be granted access to the Garden and Domain area after they close at 3.00 pm on Saturday 31 December 2016. 

Will the Royal Botanic Garden be open on New Year’s Eve: 

Yes to day visitors only. The Royal Botanic Garden will be open from 7.00 am and close at 3.00 pm on Saturday 31 December 2016.  

Entry and exit via Morshead Gate only - located on the corner of Macquarie and Bent Streets. 
All members of the public must exit at 3.00 pm as there is no access to public viewing areas or ticketed event sites via the Garden at any time. 

Patrons attending the public viewing areas and ticketed events must enter via the entry points.

Where are the vantage points for watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain? 

Non - ticketed: There is a managed viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point that is available to the general public on New Year's Eve - access is via Art Gallery Road. This public viewing area offers catering and bar services. Security bag checks will be in operation at all access points and restricted items will not be permitted.

Ticketed: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain manages four ticketed events:

Midnight at the Oasis
The Point 
Lawn with the View
Harbour Hoopla 

There is one private ticketed event occurring within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain which are managed by independent event operators:

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Botanic Gardens  at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant. 

Any enquires regarding these last two events should be directed to the event owners via their contact details on their respective websites.   

What is the best time to arrive to secure a position in the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point (i.e. a non-ticketed area)?

The public foreshore viewing areas usually reach capacity and close by early or late afternoon. Queuing starts from 7.00 am on New Year’s Eve. Please note there is no camping overnight as there is no access to toilets. 

When choosing a vantage point, make sure you have a “plan B”, as popular areas fill up quickly. It is best to follow @RBGSydney and #SydNYE on Twitter for updates.

Visit Sydney New Year’s Eve for real-time updates, information on when viewing areas are filling up or full.

Are the public areas free to enter?

Entry is via a donation ($1, $2 or note). Funds will support sustainability and the Garden’s Save a Species conservation program saves plants from extinction. 

With an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s plants threatened, conservation and preservation of our native species in state-of-the-art facilities such as the Australian PlantBank is crucial to securing our plant biodiversity. 

Is there public parking available close to the site?

Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve as extensive road closures will be in place on Thursday 31 December 2016. 

There is no parking available on Art Gallery Road or Mrs Macquaries Road from 8.00 pm on 30 December 2016 through to 4.00 am on 1 January 2017. 

Limited accessible parking is available for eligible permit holders only. To enquire about accessible parking or options please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au 

The closet public car park to the site is the Domain Car Park.  Please refer to Domain Carpark website for further details and we recommend you contact the operator for access instructions on New Year’s Eve.

Are there long distances to negotiate?

The event sites and public viewing area are approximately 800–900 metres or 12 – 15 minute walk from the entry gate on Art Gallery Road. Pathways are sealed and relatively flat but there are moderately steep slopes to negotiate from Mrs Macquaries Road down to the some site entries. 

The entry gates for the Garden Picnic and The Botanic Gardens Restaurant events do have steps but a step free alternative entrance is available on enquiry. 

Please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au if you have mobility support requirements. 

Are there accessible facilities and services onsite for someone with a disability?

Yes. Our ticketed events and public viewing areas are accessible in a wheelchair but please refer to the accessibility tab for each event site for further details.

If you have a disability and wish to discuss available services further please contact nye.disability@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au  

Is there shelter onsite?

No. All general public and ticketed events within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain are outdoors with limited shelter. The event will go ahead even if it rains so spectators should be prepared for all weather conditions and bring a jumper, poncho or spray jacket. 

Are pass outs allowed once I have entered the event?

No – there are no pass outs from the event once a guest has entered the site. There are no exceptions.

Can I bring a camera and tripod on the night?

You can bring standard camera to the event for non-commercial purposes. Small Portable fold up tripods are allowed.

What time is the harbour entertainment and fireworks?

Visit Sydney New Year’s Eve website for details on the program of events around the Harbour.  

What can I bring to the public viewing site at Mrs Macquaries Point?

We recommend bringing a picnic rug, radio to tune to 2DAY FM104.1 for NYE soundtrack. 

If you plan to arrive early and it is a hot day, we recommend you bring a hat and sunscreen lotion and suitable clothing for all weather conditions.

Picnic and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed (i.e. unopened) plastic containers are allowed to be brought in. Otherwise patrons may buy food and beverages on site. 

No glass bottles or containers of any kind will be allowed onto the site. Please pack your own food in recyclable or reusable plastic containers.

What items are NOT allowed on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and The Domain sites? 

We ask you to be respectful of the environment you are entering and consider the safety of other patrons. 
Restricted items include: 

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No pass outs - if you leave site you are unable to return

Where can I buy food and drinks if I’m attending the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point?

There will be a vending outlet on Art Gallery Road near the Art Gallery of New South Wales to service the public queuing area. There are vending outlets along Mrs Macquaries Point operating until midnight (selling food, drinks and alcohol). Locations of vending is on the Wooloomooloo or eastern side of Northern Island. Refill water taps are available on both sites. 

What type of food is on sale in the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point?

Mrs Macquaries Point will offer a mix of Asian and European inspired takeaway cuisines, ice cream, soft drinks and water, tea and coffee. 

What type of food is served at the ticketed events?

Please see details under the menus sections for ticketed events.

Can I bring in my own alcohol to the event?

No. You cannot bring any alcohol or opened soft drink containers to any event within the Gardens or at Mrs Macquaries Point. There will however be licensed bars at each event site. The responsible consumption of alcohol will be strictly enforced. If patrons arrive already under the influence of alcohol they will not be permitted entry. Bag searches will also be conducted on entry.

What time will the bars open at the public viewing area at Mrs Macquaries Point?

The public bars open at noon and close at midnight.  

What will the bars sell?

The public bars will sell a range of full and light strength beer, a small range of mixers, single serve wines, soft drinks, juice and water.  

Is there ATM or EFTPOS facilities onsite?

There are ATM facilities at the event.