With a reputation preceding itself as the place to be come December 31, the harbour city’s famed firework fanfare is one to experience in the flesh at least once.
Staking out a spot at one of the harbour’s vantage points is a noble pursuit, sure, but it isn’t exactly a walk in the park figuratively as its literal interpretation would have it.
To save yourself from New Year’s heartache, we’ve curated an edit of luxe Sydney hotels boasting harbour, bridge and opera house views in 2023. Read on for our top picks to book, from Walsh Bay to Mosman.
The InterContinental Sydney lies within a 19th-Century building on Macquarie Street in the city’s dress circle. Offering luxe vistas of the harbour and opera house, this 509-room hotel boasts bars, restaurants, a pool, gym and day spa to round out your New Year’s stay.
Tucked into the other harbour, the soon-to-be-opened W Sydney is the third W hotel to be unveiled in Australia. Featuring 585 rooms, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa, restaurants and a Pets Welcome policy, this contemporary build is primed for firework-viewing.
The first Capella property in Oz, Capella Sydney is situated behind Edwardian Baroque sandstone and offers signature touches of the hotel group. Beyond a marble foyer lies 192 guestrooms, an indoor pool, yoga platform, Auriga spa, the private Living Room space and in-house restaurant Brasserie 1930.
Boasting 564 guest rooms and suites, Chi, The Spa and award-winning dining, Shangri-La Sydney offers old-timey glitz and primo harbour views in the coveted Rocks district.
A white marble lobby, chandeliers of yesteryear and mahogany furniture add to the Langham’s luxe profile in Millers Point. Home to Observatory Bar, a tennis court, day spa, pool and hot tub, New Year’s Eve recovery is made all the more luxe in this primely positioned hotel.
Airy and understated, the Four Seasons is thoughtfully designed with uninterrupted harbour views – hosting a spa and wellness centre, state-of-the-art gym, pool, and Mode Kitchen that heroes modern Aussie dishes and Milanese-style aperitivo.
Beside the southern pylon of bridge in Dawes Point lies Pier One in an unrivalled location close to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Featuring clean lines and nautical décor, this wharf hotel is a off-duty sailor’s delight.
An eco-hideaway within the sprawling lands of Taronga Zoo is a fine choice for those seeking panoramic harbour views removed from hustle and bustle. Wildlife Retreat captures harbour views amongst animal sanctuaries and its award-winning Me-Gal restaurant offers a seasonal menu with locally-sourced, native ingredients.