Arrivals & Departures Spend New Year's Eve sleeping under canvas — in the heart of Sydney Harbour

Photo of Gemma Nisbet

Now this would be a New Year's Eve to remember: spending the night camping or glamping on an island in Sydney Harbour, with a spectacular view of the fireworks plus pop-up stalls, food trucks and a live DJ.

Historic Cocktaoo Island is the only island in Sydney Harbour where you can stay overnight, and it's offering a range of two-night glamping, camping and BYO camping packages for New Year's Eve. 

The least-expensive option is for camping sites (BYO tent), which start from $650 for a four-person site and from $850 for a six-person site for the two nights from December 30 to January 1. 

For NYE only, they're from $450 per person for a four-person site and $750 for a six-person site, depending on your location. 

A two-night camping package including a 2.4m x 2.4m tent, two sleeping mats and two chairs is $800 for up to three adults or two adults and two children.

Glamping packages start from two nights in a 2.4m x 2.4m tent with two single camp beds with linen, towels and two chairs for $950 for two.

They range up to a two-bedroom glamping package in two waterfront 3m x 3m tents with two camp beds with linen and towels, four sun loungers, two eskies and two lanterns for $2400 for up to six people. 

There will also be a variety of activities and entertinment available on the island, including guided tours exploring its convict and shipbuilding history, kids' games and crafts, historic steam crane demonstrations and movies.

There will also be food and beverage stalls, bar facilities and a DJ on NYE. 

(Picture at top by Alfonso Calero)

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