Happy New Year!
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We got on the city rail to the city this morning and headed to the Chinese Garden in China Town. China Town itself was a bit naff to be honest - but after Vancouver's China Town anything pales in comparison. The Chinese Gardens however were wonderful and well worth the entry fee to see them. It was a typical chinese design, very tranquil, lots of water, structured trees and rocks. We had a drink in the tea house, Diane and Dave shared a pot of chinese tea which was very refreshing. We spent a while longer in the park, Pam and Dave found somewere where you could put on a traditional chinese costume and then wander the gardens, so they did. It was very funny especially when Dave got his sword out and pretended to behead Pam!
After all this excitement we headed back to our apartment for some food and a power nap in order to prepare for tonight's party.
We boarded the boat - The Southern Cross - just after 7pm. We were expecting it to be crammed full of people but it was just the right amount on the boat. We boarded and were greeted with waitresses offering trays of nibbles. Wine and lager was on a table (it is an open bar tonight) and the bar was ready and well stocked upstairs. At regular intervals throughout the evening the staff came with trays of various foods which included spring rolls, steak, chicken, prawns, oysters and mini quiches. They also walked around with bottles of wine and jugs of beer to get us in the party mood, not that we needed much encouragement.
The boat settled into a good position with gtreat views of the bridge and at 9pm we were treated to our first fireworks display, a warm up that is done for children. It was spectacular and gave us a taste of what was to come. After they had finished we carried on drinking and dancing, and the boats in the harbour all got into a big circle and sailed around - it was amazing to see all the boats lit up with green or cream lights.
We sialed around for a while before oing back to our position in the harbour, passing the lit up opera house on the way and huge crowds on the coast line. It was a fantastic atmosphere on board, and as midnight approached everyone made their way to the top deck, glass of champagne in hand. The last few seconds of 2006 were displayed on the harbour bridge and the whole of Sydney (and much of the world) were treated to a fantastic $4 million firework display.
Back at Bondi we went down to the beach for a brief look at the celebrations but it was due to finish. Apparently Basement Jaxx had been headlining, so no doubt everyone here had a good night too.