HOW GOOD ARE FIREWORKS?

Middlingly good, that’s what. Like yes they’re cool, but their greatest purpose is giving you an excuse to make-out with someone for the first time, and if you’re successful, then you stop watching the fireworks. It’s an extraordinarily inconsequential catch-22. 

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

But if you ARE going to brave the crowds and/or your sanity to watch a few of the expensive sparkly things explode in the air this New Year’s Eve, here are the best free places to do so across Australia.

Be warned: most, if not all of these locations, are likely to be alcohol-free zones with a bunch of frustrated 8-year-olds and sexually frustrated 18-year-olds. But if you want to brave that mob, read on.

SYDNEY

Bradfield Park

Mrs Macquaries Point

Pirrama Park

Blues Point

Observatory Hill Park

Sydney Opera House steps

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

MELBOURNE

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / Vince Caligiuri.

Treasury Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens

Docklands

Domain Parklands

Federation Square

Westgarth overpass in Northcote

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

BRISBANE

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / Auscape.

South Bank Parklands

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Victoria Bridge

Captain Burke Park

Wilson’s Lookout

City Riverwalk

Dock Street

Rail Overpass, The Barracks 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

CANBERRA

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / UniversalImagesGroup.

Civic Square

Garema Place

Lake Burley Griffin

Commonwealth Park 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

DARWIN

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Darwin Waterfront Apartments.

Darwin Waterfront 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

ADELAIDE

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / Daniel Kalisz.

Elder Park

Glenelg Beach

Brighton Foreshore 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

PERTH

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / Paul Kane.

Northbridge

Mandurah Foreshore

Rottnest Island 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.

HOBART

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: TripAdvisor.

Bellerive Bluff Waterfront

Rosny Lookout

Sandy Bay 

At home, on your TV, where no one alive can bother you.  

Where To Watch Australia’s NYE Fireworks For Free If You Enjoy Absolute Hell

Photo: Getty / Tony Feder.