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    Neighbourhood vantage points for New Year's Eve

    The parks with the views ... Be prepared for the invading swarms ... At least locals don't have to drive home ... Street closure information 

    HERE in postcode 2011, we're lucky enough to have everything we need for New Year's Eve right on our doorsteps - vantage points providing some of the best views of the fireworks in Sydney, not to mention being walking distance from all the clubs and bars for an easy trip home (no fighting over taxis or queuing for NightRiders).

    This year, up to 5000 people are expected to fill three major neighbourhood parks to view Sydney's famous NY Eve fireworks.

    Embarkation Park, Beare Park and Rushcutters Bay Park will all be council-managed sites, with special event restrictions and capacity controls for the December 31 celebrations.

    None of the viewing areas will be ticketed, you can just turn up - but be prepared for them to reach capacity late in the day, after which people will be turned away.

    You'll probably be there for several hours so take refreshments as there'll be no food and beverage sales on site. However, leave the champagne and crystal at home - no alcohol and no glass will be allowed into the parks and there will be bag searches on entry.

    All locations have toilets and are accessible for those with mobility impairment.

    If you've got visitors coming in from elsewhere, warn them there will be road closures. Kings Cross Car Park will be open but may fill up early.

    If you're lucky enough to have a good view from your apartment, be aware that some buildings institute special rules for New Year's Eve, which might limit rooftop access or require guest names to be registered in advance. Check with your owners' corporation, building manager or concierge.

    Embarkation Park 
    Victoria Street, Potts Point.
    Open: 6pm - 12:30am.
    Views: Excellent views of fireworks from the barges at the Harbour Bridge and just west of Fort Denison. Good view of the east side of the Harbour Bridge, including the sign and special effects on the bridge itself.
    Local's tip: The best viewing is through narrow corridors between the trees, so check your sight lines to the bridge when deciding where to stand.
    No pets allowed.

    Beare Park
    Ithaca Road, Elizabeth Bay.
    Open: 12pm - 1am.
    Views: Excellent, close, views of fireworks from the barges off Garden Island and Clark Island. Good views of higher fireworks from the barge located west of Fort Denison and off the Harbour Bridge. No views of the sign and special effects on the bridge.
    Local's tip: Take your pooch for a walk early in the day - the park will be closed to from 9am on the 31st and will be fenced off.
    No pets allowed the rest of the day.

    Rushcutters Bay Park
    Waratah Street, Rushcutters Bay.
    Open: 12pm - 1am.
    Views: Excellent views of fireworks off Garden Island and Clark Island. Limited views to the city. No bridge view.
    Local's tip: You can bring your pooch - this is the only one of the three sites where pets will be allowed.

    Street closures

    Victoria Street
    The northern end, between Challis Avenue and McDonald Lane, will be closed from 6am on the 31st to 4am on the 1st.
    The section between Orwell Street and Challis Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic from 7pm to 4am.

    Challis Avenue
    Closed to westbound traffic from 7pm to 4am.

    Ithaca Road
    The northern end, from Billyard Avenue to the marina, will be closed from 12pm to 1am. Resident access will be permitted during that time, when it is safe to do so.

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