Message from the Mayor

Mayor of Woollahra - Cr. Peter M Cavanagh

Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve celebrations are a truly special experience.

Each year millions flock to watch the spectacular fireworks display light up the sky and the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The Woollahra local area offers some of the best front row seats to all the action. With many beautiful parks and recreational spaces overlooking Sydney Harbour, families and friends can enjoy a picnic and join in the celebrations.

Woollahra Council and Rose Bay Police want you to have a fun and safe New Year's Eve. This website provides useful information for those wishing to spend New Year's Eve 2017 in our municipality; including:

  • Vantage points across our municipality from Rushcutters Bay to Watsons Bay, capturing prime views of Sydney's world-famous fireworks display.
  • Alcohol free zones at Darling Point (McKell Park, Rushcutters Bay Park, Yarranabbe Park), Point Piper (Duff Reserve), Double Bay (Murray Rose Pool and Blackburn Gardens), Rose Bay (Dumaresq Reserve, Percival Park, Rose Bay Foreshore and Tingira Memorial Park) and Watsons Bay (Robertson Park), as well as streets in Darling Point and Rose Bay, will ensure New Year's Eve in Woollahra is an unforgettable and family friendly occasion.
  • Road closures, temporary one-way streets and special events clearways.

Together with NSW Police, Woollahra Council will be enforcing a no glassware policy to keep residents and visitors safe in our public parks and reserves this New Year's Eve. You will find plenty of useful information on the site and you are welcome to direct any queries to our friendly customer service team on 02 9391 7000.

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018!

Mayor of Woollahra - Cr. Peter M Cavanagh


NSW Police message

Rose Bay Local Area Command

NSW Police Force

NSW Police will be out in force this New Year's Eve to reduce crime and violence and to ensure everyone in New South Wales can enjoy the New Year's Eve celebrations in a safe and secure environment.

We work in partnership with other community groups including the local councils of Woollahra and Waverley, and State Government bodies including the State Property Authority and National Parks and Wildlife Service, to ensure our public places are safe and free from alcohol related crime.

Please note the following Police safety messages:

  • Do not drink and drive. Catch public transport, call the public transport infoline on 131500 for more information.
  • Do not drink alcohol in the designated alcohol free zones (AFZ) within the Woollahra and Waverley Local Government Areas. Police can issue on-the-spot fines to persons breaching this requirement.
  • Intoxicated patrons who refuse to stop drinking alcohol in local licensed premises or who fail to quit premises will be prosecuted. Anti-social behaviour will not be accepted.
  • It is a community responsibility that the drinking of alcohol occurs in moderation ensuring a safe occasion is had by all.
  • Drinking responsibly starts with the individual.
  • Parents and home owners are encouraged to follow the 'Safe Party Tips' on websites such as MyNite and register your parties at your local police station.

New Year's Eve is all about a family friendly environment. If we as a community follow these simple guidelines we will all have a safe and happy festive season.

If you need any emergency assistance from the Police over the festive season please call the Police assistance hotline on 131 444.

Rose Bay Police is also on Facebook. Like and receive regular information updates throughout New Year's Eve.