Backpackers believe the impending NSW alcohol curfews are a cocktail for trouble and won't do much to stop violence in Sydney's night spots.
As part of the government's response to alcohol-fuelled bashings, 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks will be in place in central Sydney from February 24.
Extra police powers to ban trouble makers from central Sydney, a prohibition on takeaway alcohol sales after 10pm and a freeze on new liquor licences for the new Sydney CBD entertainment precincts will kick in on the same day.
But Alex, 23, a tourist from Germany, said on Wednesday the measures wouldn't reduce alcohol fuelled violence and predicted revellers would simply hit the drink earlier.
"I think it doesn't change anything," he told AAP.
"People start earlier to drink, it's the same.
"I don't think that this could solve the problem."
Canadian mates Derek Cuff, 27, and Darrell Lozinski, 29, from Toronto where clubs open and close at the same time, reckon the 3am curfew will create a headache for police.
"When it closes there's thousands of people on the street at the same time," Mr Lozinski told AAP.
"But if they offset the clubs a little bit, you could at least police it better."
A group of young British girls, who didn't want to be identified, said the government's plans could be a good thing.
"But there might be more fights outside the pub," one of them said.
And while they might not be able to grab a drink when they want, all the tourists agreed the laws wouldn't deter tourists from Sydney.
"You've still got the weather, the beaches. I'm mean, look around, it's a pretty multicultural life," Mr Cuff said.
Inspectors and police will be out and about from February 24 to check the tough reforms are being followed.
Last week NSW parliament passed legislation for tougher sentences around alcohol and drug-fuelled crime.
The measures include an eight-year minimum mandatory sentence for fatal one-punch assaults if alcohol or drugs are involved.
They come following public outrage over the rise of serious drunken assaults in Sydney including the fatal one-punch assaults on 18-year-olds Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie in Kings Cross.