Coogee Sparkles

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The 9pm New Year’s Eve Coogee Sparkles fireworks display was able to proceed in 2021 under the NSW Public Health Order.

Road closures and special event clearways were implemented from midday 31 December, attendees were encouraged to walk, use public transport or ride share services to attend the celebrations.

Tips for Coogee Sparkles:

  • This event is popular, so arrive early to secure a spot.
  • Parking is very limited. Please walk, cycle or use public transport or ride share services (drop off/collection points will be advertised on Council’s website).
  • Glass, smoking and alcohol are banned on Coogee Beach and surrounding reserves.
  • Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly or take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Please see below for more information.

Road Closures, Special Event Clearways and Traffic Updates

Road Closures

In conjunction with NSW Police, Council will be managing access to Coogee Beach Vantage Points with the implementation of special event clearways and road closures.

Road Closures are subject to change at the discretion of the Council and the NSW Police Force. For live traffic conditions in real time, please visit Live Traffic NSW - Coogee NYE.  You can also download the Live Traffic NSW App on your smartphone.

Road closures will be in place on 31 December 2021 in the following streets:

StreetRoad ClosureTimes

Alfreda St

Between Arden St and Brook St

12 Midday – 9:30pm

Arden St

Between Bream St and Carr St

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Brook St

Between Dolphin St and Coogee Bay Rd

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Coogee Bay Rd

Between Arden St and Brook St

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Dolphin St

Between Brook Street to end of road, east of Arden Street

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Hill St

Between Bream St and Dolphin St

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Vicar St

Between Coogee Bay Rd and end of St

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Ormond Gardens

Between Brook St and end of Street

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Baden St

Between Beach St and end of Street

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Special Event Clearways

Special event clearways will be in place on 31 December 2021 between 12 midday and 10:00pm in the following streets:

  • Alfreda Street – from Brook Street to Arden Street (both sides)
  • Arden Street – from Dolphin Street to Carr Street (both sides)
  • Brook Street – from property no.120 Brook Street to Coogee bay Road (western side only)
  • Coogee Bay Road – from Brook Street to Arden Street (both sides)
  • Dolphin Street –from Brook Street to end of road, east of Arden Street (both sides)

For real-time traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW - Coogee NYE. You can also download the Live Traffic NSW App on your smartphone.

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, even for residents or Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed, call 132 701 to find its new location.

Public transport to and from Coogee will continue to operate. Routes may be altered to accommodate the road closures, please see transport info section below.

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Vantage Points

There will be multiple vantage points to view the fireworks around Coogee, including:

  • Goldstein Reserve, Coogee: located right next to the beach
  • Coogee Beach on the sand
  • Grant Reserve & Trenerry Reserve
  • Clovelly Beach Car Park
  • Burrows Park Headland
  • Local restaurants and hotels: many local establishments host excellent New Year’s Eve events within sight of the fireworks

Please note there will be a fenced fireworks exclusion zone on Dunningham Reserve Headland.

Tips for Coogee Sparkles:

  • This event is popular, so arrive early to secure a spot.
  • Parking is very limited. Please walk or use public transport or ride share services (drop off/collection points will be advertised on Council’s website).
  • Glass, smoking and alcohol are banned on Coogee Beach and surrounding reserves.
  • Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly or take your rubbish with you when you leave.

The event will be produced under the NSW Public Health Order.

Entertainment

Roving Programming

2pm - 5pmFace Painting
2pm - 2.45pmRoller Skating Duo
2pm - 2.45pmMeet the life-sized seagulls
2pm - 4pmToy Soldiers Roving Band
3pm - 3.45pmHula Hoop on Stilts
3.15pm - 4pmRoller Skating Duo
3.15pm - 4pmMeet the life-sized seagulls
3pm - 5pmBubble Show
4.15pm - 5pmStreet Act Juggler
4.15pm - 5pmHula Hoop on Stilts
5pm - 5.45pmButterflies on Stilts
6pm - 6.45pmSamba Ninja
6pm - 6.45pmStreet Act Juggler
7pm - 7.45pmButterflies on Stilts
7pm - 7.45pmSamba Ninja
7.45pm - 8.30pmHot Potato Band

Fireworks Program

8.57pmWelcome to Country spoken by Uncle Lloyd Walker from Gujaga Foundation
9pmFireworks Program with DJ Charlie Villas
Head to the beach to hear the soundtrack

About DJ Charlie Villas

DJ Charlie Villas' obsession with music began in the mid '90s when she was handed her very first funk vinyl by a friend.

This gesture spawned a disco and soul record collecting frenzy until eventually she'd saved up enough moula for a pair of her own decks and started rocking house parties. Before long, Charlie was presenting her own radio show called 'Soulicious' on Bondi FM and wrote reviews and articles for Oyster and hip hop magazines. This opened the doors to DJ'ing at many of Sydney's fave pubs and late night hot spots. She's a bonafide music lover, weaving in and out of genres in her set, whether it's soul, disco, electronic through to dancehall vibes to make yours one hell of a party to remember!

Public Transport, Taxis & Rideshare

Transport NSW are running bus services to and from Coogee Beach on NYE.

Services from Arden Street, Coogee (stop ID: 203471) are

  • Route 313 to Bondi Junction Interchange
  • Route 350 to Eastgardens and Domestic Airport
  • Route 370 to Green Square and Glebe Point
  • Route 373 to City - Museum Station
  • Route 374 to Railway Square (Eddy Avenue, Central)

Services from Brook Street (Stop ID 203454) are:

  • Route 350 to Bondi Junction Interchange

For the latest information and scheduling please visit https://transportnsw.info/

Buses will operate on their normal timetable until 6.00pm, when special event buses will run. Buses will have direct access to Dolphin St (set down) and Arden Street (pick up) for pick up between 6.00pm - 9.30pm.  Road closures will no longer in place after 9.30pm and normal bus services will resume.

Rideshare

Taxi, Uber and other ride share services will operate in the area, however are also subject to road closures when in place (7.00pm - 9.30pm).

Havelock Avenue in Coogee is the recommended area to direct your ride share drop you / pick you up.

Taxis

Taxi, Uber and other ride share services will operate in the area, however are also subject to road closures when in place (7.00pm - 9.30pm).

A taxi rank is operating on Dolphin Street, near the Coogee Pavilion, from 9.30pm.

Parking & Accessible Parking

Parking is limited in Coogee and the surrounding precinct.  We recommend public transport, however if you wish to drive, please consider road closures and public parking station closures are in effect.

Dolphin Street Car Park and Coogee Bay Oval Car Park will be closed from 12noon.  If you are planning to park in either of these car parks during the morning, please return to your car before 12noon to avoid having your car towed.

If your vehicle is left in either of these car parks, or on a clearway, it will be towed to a nearby street and you will be fined. If your vehicle has been towed, please call 132 701 to find your vehicle location.

Accessibility options (is there any disabled parking)?

There are limited street parking options available for disabled parking. The closest bays to Coogee Beach are on Beach Street and Wolseley Road. Please plan your trip ahead of time.

Facilities

  • Life Guards are on duty and First Aid Stations will be available in Goldstein Reserve.
  • Public toilets and water stations are also available.
  • There will not be any food or beverage stalls in Goldstein Reserve, however you are welcome to bring a picnic, low rise chairs and a small sunshade.
  • Local businesses will also be open and operating including takeaway.

A reminder that Coogee Beach and surrounding reserves are alcohol free zones.

FAQ

What time are the fireworks?

The fireworks will take place from 9pm on December 31st for 20 minutes.  There are no fireworks at midnight.

What else is happening on New Year's Eve?

There will be roving entertainment along the beach and in Goldstein Reserve from 2pm to 8pm. There are also a variety of local venues hosting NYE celebrations - we recommend booking with venues in advance. Some venues are accepting walk-in’s on the night.

See 'Entertainment' (above).

Where are the best spots to view the fireworks?

See - 'Vantage Points' (above).

What Road Closures and Special Event Clearways will be in Place?

See - 'Road Closures' (above).

Where can I park?

See - 'Parking and Accessible Parking' (above).

What Public Transport is available to get to and from Coogee Sparkles?

See - 'Public Transport' (above).

How do the road closures affect Coogee Buses?

See - 'Public Transport' (above).

Is there ticketing / COVID vaccination / QR Code check-ins required for the event?

No, you will not need to check in with QR codes or display your vaccination certificate to attend NYE at Coogee Beach, although venues in the area may impose their own rules and restrictions to comply with Public Health Orders that exist at the time.

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are not allowed on Coogee Beach. We recommend keeping your pets safe at home.

What is not allowed on the Beach and Reserve?

Coogee Beach and the surrounding reserves will be operating as alcohol free zones on NYE.  Additionally, smoking and glass bottles are not allowed on the beach or in the reserves.  Drones are also not allowed and we ask that you do not use tents or sunshades in Goldstein Reserve after dusk. Vendors selling goods at Coogee Beach and surrounding reserves are not permitted.

NSW Police and Council Rangers will be enforcing these rules on NYE.

Access to Giles Baths

Giles Baths form part of the Fireworks exclusion zone and access to these baths will not be available after 6.00pm on the 31st.

What facilitates are available in Goldstein Reserve and Coogee Beach?

See - 'Facilities' (above).

Will the fireworks still happen if it's raining?

Adverse weather conditions including strong wind and storms may result in cancellation of the fireworks.

Conditions are monitored closely over the course of the afternoon and evening and updates will be made available on the council’s social media sites.  Additionally messaging display boards in Goldstein Reserve will be updated, as well as PA announcements at the beach.

Who can I speak to about the event for further information?

You can call our Customer Service Centre during business hours (8.30am - 5pm) on 1300 722 542.  Please note they are closed weekends and Public Holidays. You may also email us at events@randwick.nsw.gov.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enquiries

You can call our Customer Service Centre during business hours (8.30am - 5pm) on 1300 722 542.  Please note they are closed weekends and Public Holidays.

You may also email us at events@randwick.nsw.gov.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Last Updated: 2 March 2022
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