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New Year's Eve Opera Gala & Accommodation

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Eager to end 2021 on a high? Spend the biggest night of the year at Cockatoo Island! Revellers can enjoy an evening of opera and stay in our award-winning accommodation...

Hosted by Australian actor Jonathan Biggins OAM, Opera Australia’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Opera Gala is an opportunity for ticket holders to enjoy performances by a line-up of international opera stars on Cockatoo Island’s Eastern Apron – a raw industrial setting with sweeping harbour views.

Tickets for this exciting, open-air event will be available alongside our NYE 2021 accommodation. As a guest in either our waterfront campground or heritage accommodation, you’ll get to bask in Sydney’s world-famous NYE fireworks and watch the sun rise on the world’s best harbour in the new year!

New Year’s Eve at Cockatoo Island is a chance to celebrate a new dawn with loved ones in the heart of Sydney Harbour, removed from the crowds. PLUS: Accommodation guests and opera lovers will have EXCLUSIVE access to the island on Friday 31 December. What better way is there to raise the curtain on 2022!

Want to stay at Cockatoo Island AND enjoy the opera? Opera Gala tickets and accommodation are sold separately. Full details below…

NYE Opera Gala

Presented by Opera Australia, the NYE Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island (31 Dec) will feature some of the country’s finest performers for a two-hour concert of opera classics under the stars, hosted by the irreverent Jonathan Biggins.

Tahu Matheson will conduct a full orchestra and an all-star cast of singers including Stacey Alleaume, Natalie Aroyan, Chanyang Choi, Diego Torre and Luke Gabbedy.

Tickets include pre-booked ferry transfers and a ticket to the performance with the option of adding a 3-course pre-performance dinner, interval drinks and the post-show midnight party to their booking. Alternatively, more casual food and beverage options will also be available.

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Accommodation

Ring in 2022 with one of our deluxe camping packages (now on sale) and spend two nights under the stars during the NYE 2021 period...

Deluxe camping packages – now on sale

Deluxe camping packages for New Year’s Eve 2021 are now on sale. A stay in our waterfront campground, facing Woolwich, is guaranteed to make you a happy camper this New Year's Eve. There are four deluxe camping options to choose from, catering for different preferences, budgets, and group sizes. Each package includes a pre-erected dome tent for a hassle-free stay as well as a charcuterie pack. 

  • Deluxe camping package (two raised single beds) – $500
  • Deluxe waterfront camping package (two raised single beds) – $550
  • Two-bedroom deluxe waterfront camping (four raised single beds) – $1,100
  • Deluxe camping package [No deck] (Two raised single beds) – $480

Note: A minimum two-night stay applies to stays in our campground – guests will arrive on Friday 31 December 2021 and depart Sunday 2nd January 2022. The Eastern Apron is reserved for NYE Opera Gala ticketholders on the evening of 31 December 2021; however, campers will have access to a special viewing area near Societé Overboard for a vantage point of the Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks. 

Accommodation ballot – CLOSED

The ballot to hire one (or more) of our houses and apartments ran from 11am Thursday 4 November until 5pm Sunday 7 November, with winners notified that evening. The winning entrants will unwind with friends and family in one of our beautiful holiday houses or apartments across a five-night stay*. The price for a five-night stay (minimum) in one of our houses or apartments ranges from $2,000 to $7,500:

  • Heritage House 24A (sleeps up to 12) – $7,500
  • Heritage House 24B (sleeps up to 12) – $7,500
  • Harbour View Apartment 23A (sleeps up to 5) – $4,000
  • Harbour View Apartment 24B (sleeps up to 5) – $4,000
  • Harbour View Apartment 23C (sleeps up to 2) – $2,500
  • Garden Riverview Apartment (sleeps up to 5 people) – $3,500
  • Fire Station Studio (sleeps up to 3 people) – $2,000

*Check-in/check-out dates and times vary. For our Heritage Houses, check-in is from 3pm on Wednesday 29 December 2021 and check out is by 11am on Monday 3 January 2022. For our apartments and studio, check-in is from 3pm on Thursday 30 December 2021 and check out is by 11am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

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