Top vantage points when the boats come in

Top vantage points when the boats come in

The City of Sydney is supporting the biggest celebration in the Royal Australian Navy’s history by hosting a number of vantage points around the harbour so all the action is accessible.

The City is one of the main sponsors of the International Fleet Review which will involve 16 local and international tall ships and more than 40 warships from 20 nations.

The event celebrates Australia’s first naval fleet sailing into the harbour for the first time on 4 October 1913.

On Saturday, the centenary celebrations will go off with a bang with the Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular which promises to set Sydney Harbour alight in celebrations reminiscent of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“The International Fleet Review fireworks display will be one of the best shows of its kind that we’ve ever seen,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“Much like New Year’s Eve, this is a celebration for the community and we want to ensure everyone has the chance to share in this once in a lifetime event.

“The Review will shine an international spotlight on Sydney and more than one million spectators are expected to line Sydney Harbour to welcome the fleet,” the Lord Mayor said.

Sydneysiders can catch all the action from a number of free vantage points operated by the City from 6am–10pm.

Observatory Hill Park

The Rocks park has a capacity for 8,000 people with 20 portaloos as well as accessible toilets.  Glass and alcohol are prohibited.

Embarkation Park

The elevated Potts Point site offers a great vista of the Harbour Bridge.  The park has a capacity of 1,500.  Toilet and accessible facilities are available on site.  The site will have managed access from 1pm and glass and alcohol are prohibited.

Bicentennial Park

The Annandale park, and adjoining Jubliee Park, are great options for families with a total capacity of 8,000.  More than 20 toilets, including accessible facilities, will be on site.  No BYO glass or alcohol.

Pirrama Park

The 8,000 capacity park in Pyrmont offers good views of the harbour, CBD towers and western side of the Harbour Bridge.  Glass is prohibited however BYO alcohol is permitted.  Toilets and accessible facilities will be available on site.

Giba Park

Located above Pirrama Park, the site is accessible by elevator and has a capacity of 500.  Glass and alcohol are prohibited.  Toilets and accessible facilities will be available.

Beare Park

The Elizabeth Bay site has a capacity of 1,000 and limited parking.  No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.

Arthur McElhone Reserve

Just off Elizabeth Bay road, the site has a capacity of 200.  No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.

Clynne Reserve

The Millers Point site has a capacity of 200. No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.

The fireworks Spectacular is part of the 9-day centenary celebrations.

The original Navy fleet was led by the flagship HMAS Australia and consisted of the HMA Ships Sydney, Melbourne, Encounter, Parramatta, Yarra and Warrego.

The City of Sydney has established an affiliation with the Royal Australian Navy since its inception, and also a close association with HMAS Sydney and the four ships that have carried that name.

Significant pieces of memorabilia commemorating the City’s association with the Navy and HMAS Sydney will be on display at a reception to be hosted by the Lord Mayor at Town Hall on Wednesday 9 October.

Hundreds of Australian and visiting navy personnel will take part in a combined ‘Navies Parade’ along George Street from The Rocks to Sydney Town Hall for the Lord Mayor’s reception.  The reception will take place almost 100 years to the day since Lord Mayor’s predecessor joined the Governor General Thomas Denman and Prime Minister Joseph Cook in welcoming Australia’s naval fleet as it first sailed into Sydney Harbour.

For more information on the International Fleet Review, visit:

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 9265 9106 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.
Phone 0427 044 768 or email