New Years Eve 11/12 Guide

New Year’s Eve is a ‘Time to Dream’. From the young to the old, from the moonstruck to the love-struck, each New Year’s Eve promises a blank canvas to launch into the next 365 days. 

With big things in store, Creative Director and design brainchild Marc Newson is at the helm of this year’s festivities and is promising an explosive spectacular.

We’ve handpicked events to ensure you welcome 2012 with your head in the clouds. It’s Time to Dream …

Sydney Resolution Concert Series on Glebe Island
A night of live music and fireworks on Glebe Island including performances by Jamiroquai, Culture Club, Pet Shop Boys and Guy Sebastian. Go early and nab a picnic spot or buy tickets to the VIP Marquee. Glebe Island, gates open 2pm. Tickets from $198 www.sydneyresolution.com

Camping on Cockatoo Island
Camp overnight on Cockatoo Island with family and friends and watch the fireworks from one of Sydney’s best vantage points. Food and beverages available for purchase on the island. Cockatoo Island, check-in from 9am. Camping site (x4ppl)  $362.10 / Camping site (x6ppl) $536.10  www.cockatooisland.gov.au 

Botanic Gardens Restaurant Degustation
Be treated to a seven course degustation in Botanic Gardens Restaurant and enjoy flowing beverages, live music and dancing. Gain exclusive access into the Royal Botanic Gardens and watch the fireworks from a private harbour-front lawn. Botanic Gardens Restaurant, 6 pm. $400  www.botanicrestaurant.com.au 

Toko & The Island
Celebrate from Sydney’s floating venue and indulge in a Toko degustation and open bar including free flowing Moet & Chandon and Don Perignon. Watch the fireworks and listen to music from the Sydney Youth Orchestra String Quartet and live DJs. The Island, 7pm. $795  www.theislandsydney.com.au

Harbour Party at Luna Park

Dance your way into 2012 at Luna Park with live music from an impressive line-up of international and domestic artists. Watch the fireworks from one of Sydney’s most iconic waterfront venues and enjoy free rides all night. Luna Park Sydney, gates open 6.30pm. Tickets from $119  www.harbourparty.com

Eau de Vie
Ring in the New Year with the Eau de Vie team. Celebrate with kicking drinks and swinging tunes while welcoming 2012 with plenty of bubbles. One to remember (or maybe not … ).  Includes four cocktails, canapes and Champagne at midnight. Eau de Vie. $100 
info@eaudevie.com.au

Midnight at the Oasis
Celebrate from a garden oasis within the Royal Botanic Gardens. Book a table with friends and enjoy a seated three course meal from Fresh catering. Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, gates open 6.30pm. $325 
www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

The Opera Gala at Sydney Opera House
Welcome 2012 in true operatic style with divine music and exquisite singing from underneath the sails of the Opera House. Continue celebrations in the Concert Hall at the After Party which includes canapés and beverages. The Opera Gala, 8pm. Gala Concert from $220 / Gala Concert+ After Party from $470 www.opera-australia.org.au

NYE at cocktail bar Cherry at The Star
Stunning views of the Harbour – check. DJs all night featuring DJ duo Flight Facilities supported by James curd, Graz and Christian Ralston – check. Glass of champagne at midnight – check. Best night of your life potential – check.  Cherry at The Star, from 6pm. $80 www.star.com.au

Night at the Savoy at The Loft
A decadent night at The Loft filled with live entertainment and burlesque performances. Enjoy cocktails on arrival, Moët & Chandon, gourmet canapés and an oyster bar. The Loft, 8pm. $225 www.theloftsydney.com

The Luminale Supper Club
An evening inspired by the glamour of the 1920s Gatsby era. Surely one of the most luxurious ways to bring in the New Year. Hosted by entertainment powerhouse Paul Capsis at the iconic Sydney Opera House, menu designed by Chef Matt Moran, with a troupe of musicians and performance artists including diva Marcia Hines. Sydney Opera House. $990 www.sydneyoperahouse.com 

Captain Cook Cruises MV Sydney 2000 Cruise
Get front row seats to the fireworks from the middle of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a four course seated dinner, vintage wines, spirits, and a live band.
Departs from Circular Quay, 8pm. Club Deck $799 / Show Deck $699 www.captaincook.com.au

House Boat on Hawkesbury River 

Escape the Sydney crowds and spend New Year’s Eve floating down the Hawkesbury River. Rent a house boat with friends and family, relax, and watch the New Year sail in. www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au

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