The New Year’s Eve event in Parramatta Park has been CANCELLED!! The decision has been taken by City of Parramatta to cancel the whole NYE event, in consultation with NSW Rural Fire Service and Bureau of Meteorology, due to the risk of extreme heat, dry conditions and strong wind forecasts. The safety of our community (stall holders and families attending) is very important and the event could not proceed without compromising this safety. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. PLEASE make sure to let friends and family know!

You can still make a donation to the RFS here.


Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event, in the beautiful and spacious Parramatta Park, is a wonderful alternative to the stress of taking the kids into the city or around the harbour. On top of the shorter, easier commute, you’ll get to enjoy hours of free live performances, roving entertainment, kids workshops, rides, yummy food stalls and a show stopping fireworks display.

This guide covers what’s on offer for families in the five event areas. Along with key info and helpful tips and how to get to/ from Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Five Family-Friendly Areas to Enjoy

Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are spread across the southern end of Parramatta Park. And divided into five areas – three stage and two ‘play’ areas.

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Celebrations start at 4pm, with a host of entertainment and activities. Then Parramatta’s skyline lights up at 9pm thanks to a spectacular fireworks display. And the event finishes at 10pm.

| Coronation Hill | The Fairground | Carnival on the GreenThe Crescent | Old Government House

Parramatta New Year's Eve NYE

You’ll be hard pressed to miss the explosion of light and colour at 9pm, with the fireworks visible from all five event areas.

NYE New Years Eve Parramatta

In light of the difficult times firefighters and communities across NSW are going through with the ongoing fires, City of Parramatta Council are making a $10,000 donation to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). They will also be collecting donating during Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event for the RFS. This means the community can come together to ring in the new year in a communal and celebratory way, whilst at the same time supporting our brave firefighters and the communities affected by the bushfires.

Parramatta's Australian Day Celebrations

A range of delicious food options will be available across all four event areas, including Mediterranean wraps, Korean rolls, gozleme, fried chicken, burgers, dumplings, buns, noodles, Indian treats, chip on a stick, pizza, crème brulee, ice cream, baklava, fresh lemonade.

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And remember, there’s also the great Domain Creek Playground, near the Westmead entrance, as well as the new fun Paperbark Playground at Pavilion Flat, for the kids to enjoy.

Paperbark Playground Parramatta Park


1Coronation Hill – Live Stage Entertainment

Tiptoe Giants

The large Coronation Hill is the place to be for families with young kids! Enjoy family-friendly entertainment live on stage, with performances by the Tiptoe Giants, eco-friendly group The Jitterbugs, The Upsized Science Show and MC Sean Murphy’s Game Boy 18.

  • 5:10pm – MC Sean Murphy
  • 5:20pm – Tiptoe Giants
  • 6:05pm – Australian Wildlife Displays Animal Show
  • 6:40pm – The Upsized Science Show
  • 7:30pm – Games Boy 18
  • 8:10pm – The Jitterbugs Green and Groovy

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Plus, from 5pm to 9pm there’ll be a number of cool kids workshops and activities at Coronation Hill.

  • Australian Animal Displays Show
  • LED Hula Hoops
  • Bubble07
  • Face Painting

2The Fairground – Play Area

The Fairground is near the George Street Gatehouse entrance, where you’ll find the fun new Paperbark playground. Within the Fairground there’s amusement rides, snacks, face painting and roving entertainment.


3Carnival on the Green – Play Area

Carnival on the Green at Cattle Paddock has one of the best views in Parramatta Park for the fireworks spectacular at 9pm. Plus, you’ll be able to indulge in something sweet, take a spin on the amusement rides, have your face painted and meet some colourful roving characters along the way.


4The Crescent – Live Stage Entertainment

Spread out your picnic rug and spend a night under the stars enjoying a great line-up of live entertainment. Hosted by comedian and western Sydney local Anthony Salame, the Crescent Stage will come alive with performances by local 5-piece Jackie Brown Jr., The Goods, and Murray Cook’s Soul Movers (5-piece soul outfit featuring Murray Cook ex Red Wiggle). Music will fill every minute of the program, with the talented Colin Ho hand-selecting music between band performances.

  • 5:00pm – Welcome to Country
  • 5:15pm – MC Anthony Salame
  • 5:20pm – Jackie Brown Jr
  • 6:05pm – Colin Ho
  • 6:40pm – The Goods
  • 7:30pm – Colin Ho
  • 8:00pm – Murray Cook’s Soul Movers
  • 8:59pm – MC Anthony Salame – Countdown

5Old Government House – Live Stage Entertainment

Sit back and relax to contemporary music from a range of up and coming artists at Old Government House.

  • 5:00pm – Colin Ho
  • 5:30pm – Freyja Garbett
  • 6:30pm – Rissa
  • 7:30pm – Amends
  • 8:30pm – Poolroom

Key Information and Tips for taking your family to Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

It’s forecast to be a hot NYE, but hopefully it cools off as the entertainment gets underway! Best to remember your hats and sunscreen if going in the afternoon. Plus a water spray bottle!

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  • It’s strongly recommended to take public transport, or park and walk in. There’ll be significant traffic delays around Parramatta Park and in Parramatta CBD due to road closures. See a list of the road closures here.
  • Entertainment on the three stages starts a bit after 5pm and the fireworks start at 9pm. The live performances especially for kids are at Coronation Hill. We usually arrive at about 5pm and it doesn’t normally start to really fill up until about 7pm.
  • To avoid long queues, it’s best to buy food from the many food trucks throughout the event before 6:30pm. After that, it can be at least a 30min wait. Otherwise you can bring your own picnic dinner.
  • Toilets are located within/ near each of the five entertainment areas.
  • ID wristbands for children will be available at the four information booth’s located throughout the event.
  • Bring your own water bottles and refill throughout the evening at the free Sydney Water drinking water taps.
  • There are two ATMs in the park – near the main entrance in the Fairground and in the Carnival on the Green.
  • PLEASE keep the walkway paths free and just spread out your picnic rug within the marked areas.
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PLEASE keep the walkways free and only sit within the marked areas
  • There will be first aid tents located next to the Crescent Stage, at Carnival on the Green and in between the Fairground and Coronation Hill.
  • Shade tents/ domes and other similar structures are not permitted at the event.
  • The ticket booths for the amusement rides close at 9:30pm. All rides close at 10pm.
  • This is a glass free event.

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  • Limited accessible parking is available within Parramatta Park. You need to register your vehicle prior to the event by emailing your name, contact number and car registration to [email protected].
  • This year for the first time, there’ll be an accessible buggy operating along a fixed route to assist people with accessibility needs get around Parramatta’s New Years Eve event. The stops will be signposted and the buggy will arrive at each stop approximately every 12-15 minutes. This loop will continue until 8pm.

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Getting to Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Parramatta Park is an easy enough walk from Westmead and Parramatta trains. Plus a few multi-level carparks.

Parramatta Park will be closed to all vehicles from 1pm on Tuesday 31st December 2019. There will be no parking inside the Park, except for a few accessible parking spots. It’s strongly recommended to take public transport to the event (or park and walk in). There will be significant traffic delays around the Park and in Parramatta CBD due to road closures. And getting home will take a long time if you park nearby to Parramatta Park.

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Public Transport

Parramatta Park is about a 5min walk from Westmead train station and under a 15min walk from Parramatta transport interchange. To help plan your trip, visit the Transport Info website.

Park and Walk

If public transport isn’t an option, there are five multi-story parking stations in Parramatta CBD that are a few hundred metres walk away. Unfortunately as NYE falls on a Tuesday this year, hourly rates apply. Keep in mind that there will be lots of road closures and your trip home may be long.

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Road closures Parramatta NYE 2019

We usually park at or near the Eat Street Car Park, which makes getting home very easy.

Parking is also available at Westfield Parramatta.

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