New Year's Eve Celebration - Sydney Style
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new year eve in sydney is all about fireworks display...if you want to watch the fireworks in the city, you have to come in and reserve your spot early in the morning. that is not eve a guarantee as some folks stay and reserve the spots a day or 2 before. they literally camp out and save the space.
in the city, the best spot would be the lady macquarie's chair at the royal botanic garden...you will have an unobtructed view of the harbour bridge and the opera house. or you can go at the forecourt of the sydney opera house and the neighbouring area around the circular quay.
another good spot is up the observatory hill. access through the rocks. if you have friends in high places, literally in the offices around the rocks area or george street like the grosvenor building at the 40th+ floor.
in north sydney side or accross the bridge, around the milsons point and the kirribilli side would be the best spot. if you are willing to part with $700 you can book a spot at a cordoned off area at the opera house and with that amount you get champagne and canapes. and a band and a fantastic view of the fireworks. the restaurants around the area also offers NYE deals.
there are 2 fireworks in the evening. the first one is at 9:30pm so that kids can enjoy the fireworks and can go home and sleep afterwards. and then the 12 midnight which includes the harbour bridge surprise with a display of the year;s theme...one time there was 'eternity'..or 'peace' as in dove display. the fireworks normally lasts between 20 - 30 minutes. and costs the state government millions of dollars.
the harbour bridge has the traditional waterfall or cascading fireworks and the shooting stars (see the pics below). a portion of the harbour is cordoned off to the boats for safety reason. the barges that contains the fireworks are all located around the harbour and are all electronically controlled from one of the buldings in the city.
there is an island that also allows visitors to watch the fireworks from...i think it is called shark island. it would be nice to be on a boat and watch the fireworks. i haven't done that one.
there are other great spots to watch outside the city too...but it depends on where you live. it is nice to be in teh city and have a party afterwards in one of the pubs.
anyway. sydney fireworks in new year's eve is a must see. try to come during new years eve.