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Big change to NYE fireworks

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Revellers will have the best chance yet at catching a glimpse at Sydney’s world famous New Years Eve fireworks display. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone

Revellers will have the best chance yet at catching a glimpse at Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display after a shock reveal.

NSW Premier Chris Minns stunned partygoers on Sunday by announcing the Harbour City’s fireworks display would again be free.

Delivering on an election promise, Mr Minns said he would scrap the “out of control fees” introduced more than a decade ago.

Popular viewing spots such as Barangaroo Reserve, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Domain, will now be free for visitors on NYE.

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Revellers will have the best chance yet at catching a glimpse at Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone

The change will also free up viewing spots at Mrs Macquarie Park, West Circular Quay, Campbells Cove, and Hickson Rd Reserve.

The Premier said the change would allow more than 60,000 visitors to once again watch the world-famous fireworks for free.

This year, costs ranged for the fireworks show from between $20-40 for Mrs Macquarie’s Point to as much as $89 for The Amphitheatre.

Tickets to watch the show at Portside, on the western boardwalk in front of the Sydney Opera House, would cost a whopping $850 a ticket.

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As many as one million people were estimated to have lined Sydney’s foreshore for the last fireworks show. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone

Sydney’s Harbours islands, including tiny Clark Island, Shark Island, and Goat Island ranged in cost from $185 to as much as $286.

In a statement, the NSW Government revealed most of the locations will now be administered on a first come, first served basis.

Limits will be in place with state-operated sites closed once reaching capacity, with other areas will require a pre-purchased ticket.

Those locations include Bradleys Head, Strickland Estate, and the idyllic Clark Island, Me-Mel (Goat Island), and Shark Island.

NYE Crowds
Certain limits on the NYE fireworks display were first introduced in 2011. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brendan Read

Previously, Observatory Hill at Millers Point and Blues Point Reserve at McMahons Point were touted as free alternatives to paid spots.

The NSW Government will also from Tuesday open applications for 6000 “front row” spots atop the Cahill Expressway for NYE.

Taronga Zoo and the Botanic Gardens‘ Foundation and Friends Picnic will still be allowed to charge for tickets to their New Year’s Eve events.

The not-for-profit charities will be permitted to operate events so as to raise funds for their conservation and scientific work moving forward.