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NYE Opera Gala on Cockatoo Island

Farewell 2021 with a boozy three-course feast, operatic tunes, an epic NYE party and some of the best firework views around.
By Cordelia Williamson
November 25, 2021
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By Cordelia Williamson
November 25, 2021
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No doubt you're ready to farewell 2021 in style. If you plan on being in the Harbour City this New Year's Eve, what better way to see out the year than a night on Cockatoo Island? The island, located smack-bang in the middle of the harbour, is doing things a little differently this year — on top of its usual NYE party, it's throwing a classy opera gala concert, hosted by Opera Australia. Because nothing says style like falsettos and fireworks.

The inaugural openair New Year's Eve Opera Gala will see a suite of arias from operas such as The Barber of Seville, Carmen, La Traviata and Tosca, and star an impressive lineup of homegrown talent. But you'd be mistaken if you thought this NYE shindig was all about fanciful outfits and operatic tunes.

First up, your gala ticket ($199–349) includes your ferry ride to and from the island, so you don't have to stress about traversing the harbour on one of the busiest nights of the year.

You can then opt for a pre-show dinner at 5.30pm for $499. Held in Cockatoo Island's historic Turbine Hall, the dinner includes three courses paired with sommelier-matched wines. Prefer an al fresco feast? You can pre-order a three-course picnic hamper for a more reasonable $70.

You can also tack on tickets to the after party for $419 a pop, where a live band will usher you into 2022 as you dance under the stars.

Keen to do it all? Instead of booking your dinner, front-row seats and NYE party separately, save yourself the hassle and opt for the platinum package for a cool $1417.

And for those who'd prefer not to schlep it home after all the fun, you can book in for a two-night stay (December 31–January 2) in one of Cockatoo Island's luxe glamping tents ($480–1100).

For more information on Opera Australia's NYE events on Cockatoo Island — and to book tickets — head to the website

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