New years eve ideas for every budget
Picnic with a view of the fireworks (Free!)

If you really can’t afford to dine out this year but you don’t want to miss out on the festivities, gather your friends, dust off your picnic basket and get out there early to stake out a prime position to view the fireworks.
Check out the official Sydney NYE website for a list of locations and rules. Some locations charge a fee and have restrictions on alcohol, so best to suss out which locations are a little more lax.
Tip: bring some mosquito repellent, a blanket and some portable iPod speakers and you’ll be the envy of all the picnickers.
www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

Ravesi’s ($100)

If you liked Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love NYE at Ravesi’s. This unique event at Bondi Beach is guaranteed fun for those who want to release their inner pirate. Enjoy a two hour, complimentary beverage and canapé selection with live entertainment for just $100.
www.ravesis.com.au/page/nye_2014.html

Slide ($139)

Craving some quality NYE entertainment, other than the usual firework display? Marvel instead at the artistry of the circus acts at Slide in Darlinghurst. They will be providing a 9 course degustation to accompany their 9 NYE circus acts and a glass of sparkling wine to top it all off.
slide.com.au/shows/new-year-eve/

Cafe Nice ($199)

Enjoy a 7 course degustation with matching wines, overlooking the Harbour Bridge firework display in classic French style. This is the New Year’s Eve dining experience everybody wants, at the most affordable price. They’ll even throw in a glass of champagne on arrival and during the fireworks so you can enjoy the show in the classiest way possible.
www.fratellifresh.com.au/whats_new.asp

Black ($295)

An eight course menu, a glass of bubbles and live entertainment, all set against magnificent harbour views. Feast on a contemporary Australian style menu in the true patriotic spirit and celebrate the New Year in the most luxurious Aussie way possible.
blackbyezard.com.au/news/black/2013-12/new-year-s-eve–degustation-by-the-water

Galileo Restaurant ($350)

Want to be right where the action is this NYE? Treat yourself to a 6 course degustation at the Galileo Restaurant, located in the very heart of the Rocks. As a special treat, after your meal you will be taken to an invite-only gathering at Observatory Hill where you can experience amazing panoramic Harbour views, and a VIP viewing of the fireworks.
sydney.langhamhotels.com.au/restaurants/new-year-eve.htm

NYE Party At The House ($554.95)

It’s little wonder that this event has been voted the best NYE destination in Sydney. Matt Moran’s ARIA inspired canapés, unlimited drinks and entertainment by Sneaky Sound System and the Faders, all set at the iconic Opera house. There’s no better option for those who love a bit of a party and crave more excitement than a sit down dinner.
www.nyepartyatthehouse.com/