Things to do in Sydney on New Years Day 2022

Welcome to 2022! Celebrate the first day of the new year in Sydney. Whether you partied hard or laid low during New Years Eve, take it easy on the first day of 2022. Catch the sunrise at any of Sydney's coastal locations. Take a ferry around Sydney Harbour. 

Catch the sunrise on the first day of 2022

Start your day of the new year by catching the sunrise at any of Sydney's beaches or coastal locations, including Coogee, Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach or Bronte Beach.

Sunrise at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney at sunrise.

If you love lighthouses, check out Cremorne Point Lighthouse, Macquarie Lighthouse in Watsons Bay or Barrenjoey Lighthouse in Palm Beach, Sydney. 

Cremorne Point Lighthouse, Sydney at sunrise
Cremorne Point Lighthouse, Sydney at sunrise. 

Sunrise at Macquarie Lighthouse in Sydney

Macquarie Lighthouse in Sydney at sunrise.

Go for an ocean swim

Enjoy your first swim of the year at any of Sydney's dazzling beaches or ocean pools. Take a dip at any of the Sydney Harbour, such as Camp Cove Beach, the Redleaf pool or Nielsen Park.

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park, Sydney

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park, Sydney.

Murray Rose pool (aka Redleaf pool) in Double Bay, Sydney

Murray Rose pool (aka Redleaf pool) in Double Bay, Sydney.

If you're on the lower north shore of Sydney, enjoy Cremorne Point Seawater pool which has lovely city skyline views, or Balmoral baths. 


Take a stroll at the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and The Strand Arcade

Check out the Christmas tree display at the Queen Victoria Building. This beloved tree takes up over 3 levels and stands 24 metres in height. Known as Sydney's tallest Christmas tree, this tree holds over 100,000 ornaments, 6400 rosebuds. 65000 twinkling lights and a white gilded crystal star. 

Christmas tree display in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Christmas tree display in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building.

Don't miss the Christmas display in The Strand Arcade. Check out the illuminated installation of the Christmas decorations inspired by native Australia flora. It features oversized acrylic green leaves, red budding flowers and golden gumnuts brought to life by the blinking lights. A lovely reflection of the Australian landscape.

Christmas display in The Strand Arcade in Sydney

Christmas display at The Strand Arcade in Sydney. 

Go for a coastal walk

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge that stretches from Milsons Point to The Rocks. It's the best way to enjoy the incredible city and harbour views.

Sydney Harbour views from the Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Sydney Harbour views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you find yourself in the beach mood, walk from Coogee to Bondi Beach or Manly to Spit Bridge.


Take a picnic basket

Picnic at any of Sydney's picnic spots in the inner city or suburbs. Fill it up with snacks, lay out your blanket and soak some sun. Some of my favourite picnic spots include Sydney's Lavender Bay, Clark Park and Bradfield Park in Milsons Point, and Milson Park in Kirribilli. 

Lavender Bay wharf in Sydney

Sydney's Lavender Bay wharf overlooking towards the harbour. 

Bradfield Park, Kirribilli overlooking towards Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Bradfield Park, Kirribilli.

Catch some shade at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

One of the most beautiful public gardens in Sydney with spectacular Sydney Harbour views and plenty of shady spots under the Moreton Bay fig tree and lush greenery. This garden is a popular place for small picnic gatherings or simply read a book.

Wendy Whiteleys Secret Garden overlooking towards Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden.

Catch the sunset at Sawmiller's Reserve, McMahons Point

End your first day of 2022 by catching the sunset at Sawmiller's Reserve located near McMahons Point, Sydney. This reserve is one of North Sydney's true hidden gems that boasts picturesque views of Sydney Harbour and the old shipwreck which lies offshore on Berry's Bay. A short 10 minute walk via Blues Point Road from North Sydney station or a 10 minute walk from McMahons Point ferry wharf.

Cremorne Point Reserve is another popular spot for checking out the sunset with its splendid harbour views. Easily accessible from Cremorne Point ferry wharf.

Check out my other top things to do in Sydney.


Love Karen

About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney.

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