Sydneysiders Urged To Plan Your Night Ahead Of New Year’s Eve 2016 Celebrations

Police are urging the community to plan ahead & consider the many options available for celebrating New Year’s Eve (NYE) in Sydney for 2016.

There are more than 1.5 million people expected to ring in 2017 while taking in the spectacular fireworks displays around Sydney Harbour so police are urging revellers to start considering plans for their night now to avoid disappointment.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said police have been working closely with the City Of Sydney, landowners & other government agencies to ensure everyone enjoys a safe & fun NYE for 2016.

“The Sydney NYE celebration is the biggest event on our annual calendar & we will be prioritising safety to ensure family & friends can all enjoy their festivities” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“Police, together with landholders & other agencies, will work alongside one another in the Police Operation Centre & Government Coordination Centre to coordinate resources across the multiple event areas on the night”

“There will be a significant number of police – both uniformed & plain-clothed – on patrol across the Central Business District & foreshore areas to deliver a highly visible & mobile policing response” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“We will also have specialist resources patrolling the waterways, transport hubs & PolAir keeping an eye on things from the sky to ensure a safe & secure event for everyone involved”

“In the lead up to NYE, over the Christmas period, police will also be out & about at local events across the Sydney Central Business District & regional areas” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“As part of the City Of Sydney’s ongoing commitment to making NYE family-friendly, there are extensive alcohol-free zones in place which will be enforced”

“Police & security will also be monitoring crowd numbers closely & sites will be closed as soon as they reach capacity to prevent overcrowding” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“If you are planning on watching the fireworks, you should start planning your night via the Sydney NYE website where you will find detailed vantage point information as well as helpful hints & tips for the evening” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“When sites reach capacity, details will be updated via the event website as well as the City Of Sydney & New South Wales (NSW) Police Force social media platforms”

For comprehensive event details & to plan your journey to a vantage point, visit

“Once you have made a plan for the night, we suggest you come up with at least 1 back-up plan just in case your preferred location is full when you arrive” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“We have previously seen several sites reach capacity & close early so we are urging people to arrive early, just in case you have to make your way to another viewing location”

Police are expecting significant traffic disruptions due to road closures which will be in place throughout NYE & into New Year’s Day.

“In order to facilitate crowds & the magnificent fireworks displays, there will be a large number of major road closures & special event clearways” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“With thousands of additional public transport services on offer, we are strongly urging revellers to leave the car at home & utilise the extra services available”

“If you must drive, please be patient & be aware of pedestrians as we are anticipating lengthy delays especially following the final fireworks display at Midnight” Assistant Commissioner, Mick Fuller, said.

“Drivers are also reminded that there will be no vehicle access on closed roads including from car parks so please ensure you have planned your journey ahead of time”

Special event timetables & route change advice for NYE is available at

Media Release: NSW Police Force