Sydneysiders Slugged A Fortune To Watch New Year's Fireworks

Sydneysiders pride themselves on having the best New Year’s Eve party on earth, but the cost of celebrating the end of 2018 could leave families with more than a hangover.

Some popular spots across the harbour are charging more than $300 per person without drinks, while venues that were previously free could set families back more than $750.

Of the 51 official harbour side spots on the City of Sydney’s website, 19 are ticketed with 16 already sold out.

Of the remaining 32 that are free, none are BYO.

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Last year Pirrama Wharf in Pyrmont was unticketed, this year it will cost $753 for a family of four for a gourmet picnic -- alcohol is an added extra.

Just metres away though, is Pirrama Park, which has a 15,000 person capacity, a similar view and costs nothing.

To celebrate at the Royal Botanic Gardens the ticketed event is $335 per person and that doesn't include drinks. However, if you want to brave the lines at nearby Mrs Macquaries Point , you’ll escape a fee.

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On the more affordable side - Athol Lawn at Bradleys Head is $89 for a family of four with around 900 tickets still available.

The NSW state government denies they are profiting from the evening.

“There is no privatisation by stealth when there are so many public places that are free for everyone to go and watch the fireworks,” the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton said

“We know some families want to ring in the New Year in alcohol free areas and there are many locations around the harbour where that will be the case”.

But the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor said we are becoming “fun police” and we should be able to enjoy a drink while watching the fireworks.

Colourful city light at Sydney harbour on August 31, 2016

“Sydney people are really responsible and they can bring alcohol from home and still enjoy a great night out in a crowd," Councillor Linda Scott said.

The City of Sydney interactive map does not count many other free vantage points -- such as water front parks and reserves.

People are also encouraged to check with their local councils for fireworks in their suburbs.

If you've got the cash to burn, Bennelong Restaurant inside the Opera House still has tickets available -- but bring your credit cards, a five course dinner, will cost $1590 per person.

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