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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise

Set sail on 6-hour Sydney Harbor cruise for an exclusive New Year's Eve celebration that includes fireworks displays, cocktails and dancing.  Glide around the fairy-lit harbor as part of the Harbour of Lights Parade, and enjoy front-row views of Sydney’s spectacular fireworks shows at 9pm and midnight. Includes hearty appetizers, unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, and DJ music to get the dance floor hopping. Countdown to 2016 from center stage as you watch Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks displays from the harbor’s central exclusion zone.


  • New Year’s Eve Sydney Harbour cocktail cruise
  • Enjoy a six-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve on the luxury glass vessel
  • Enter the harbor’s central exclusion zone and be in prime position for Sydney’s breathtaking 9pm and midnight fireworks
  • Be part of the Harbour of Lights Parade
  • Snack on a delicious cocktail menu and drinks all night

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise

Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise

Your New Year's Eve cocktail cruise departs from King Street Wharf aboard the Bella Vista, specially designed to provide 360-degree views on every level through 10-foot-high (3-meter) windows and the open-top deck.

Join the Harbour of Light Parade a procession of decorated vessels invited to cruise in the exclusion zone in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Cruise up and down in the center of the exclusion zone for the very best views of Sydney’s skyline and harbor. Nibble on cocktail snacks, enjoy wine, beer or soft drinks from the licensed bar and be in prime position to watch the fabulous 9pm fireworks display.

Dance to great music spun by your on-board disc jockey, and enjoy more cocktail snacks and drinks from the all-night bar.

Then count down the final minutes of 2015 and feel the excitement build as the Bella Vista joins an exclusive flotilla of boats to watch the spectacular midnight fireworks display. See fabulous views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its special display of cascading lights and symbols, known as ‘the Bridge Effect’, and celebrate as the year ticks over into 2016.

Your six-hour New Year's Eve cruise continues with more music and dancing, returning to the King Street Wharf at 1am.


Cruise Schedule
  • 6:30pm - Commence Boarding
  • 7:00pm - 'Bella Vista' departs King Street Wharf
  • 8:00pm - Canape selection is served
  • 9:00pm - Fireworks display
  • 9:10pm - Midnight Harbour of Lights Parade*
  • 9:30pm - Disc Jockey and Dancing
  • 12:00am - Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks! Happy New Year
  • 1:00am - 'Bella Vista' returns to King Street Wharf
New Year's Eve Menu
* Mini bruschetta with tomato and basil
* Caramelized onion and goat cheese tarts
* Tartlets of smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers
* Gourmet wraps with assorted fillings
* Spinach and ricotta triangles
* Assorted petite pies
* Assorted mini quiche
* Thai fish cakes
* BBQ beef fillet and capsicum skewers served with fresh tzatziki sauce
* Breaded calamari rings served with lemon aioli
* Prawn twisters accompanied with sweet chili sauce
* Chicken skewers with satay sauce

Individually Boxed
* Tortellini with porcini and mixed mushroom sauce with a touch of fresh cream, parsley and parmesan
* Penne pasta tossed in fresh basil and garlic pesto

From the Food Stalls
* Thai green curry chicken
* Singapore noodles with Asian-style vegetables
* Jasmine rice
* Thai beef noodle salad

* Chefs selection of cakes
* Tea and coffee - served with after dinner mints

Menu subject to change without notice

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I cannot tell you how amazing this night was!

Such a wonderful experience, ONCE in a lifetime:

Food was good, drinks were good, loved our time there!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Best time of my life with my family 2015 would be the best year....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great cruise - a lifetime experience - just a hassle getting the boat voucher from ATS

Brian R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

The view of the firework display from the ship in the harbour area was awesome. It was difficult to know in which direction to look.

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

A once in a lifetime experience, not to be missed.

Brian C

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Excellent experience, excellent boat and the excellent crew. The experience measured up to expectations, the boat surpassed expectations and comparable options and the crew definite got it done that night. Definitely choose this tour if you want a top 5 Sydney NYE experience.

Loriel L

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else on New Year's eve! The views of the harbour, the fireworks, and the brudge from onboard was second to none. The crew, especially Dan, was friendly and professional. The food was quite good, served to temperature, and plentiful. I say go!!!

Mark B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was the best new years Eve that i have ever had. Sydney being one of the most beautiful city's in the world only added to the experience. But you had the added bonus of seeing the fireworks from the water. What a view it was, the show was second to none.
The staff on board were friendly and i were at hand with food and drink, which seemed to be endless. There was a good choice of food and i am sure there would have been something for everyone.
After a bad 2013 i had at least a memorable day to go out on. I had a fantastic time.


4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

I recommend the Sydney Harbour New Years Eve Cocktail Cruise because it is beautiful and terrific, but there is a big problem for me, sometimes the music is too loud. I am not a young man anymore!

Karyn M

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

We enjoyed the evening, but had been advised by yourselves that the meal was a seated meal at shared tables. It was a slight disappointment that the meal was actually a buffet meal with space very limited, but enjoyable all the same.
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