The countdown is on to the biggest night of the year. Here’s some last minute inspiration to get in the mood for NYE 2011.
It is one of the best places on the planet to bring in the New Year: Sydney, Australia, world famous for it’s fantastic firework display seen by over 1 billion viewers around the world on TV.
If you’re lucky enough to be among the thousands of people celebrating in the harbour city on December 31, you’ll be in one of the first places in the world to experience the start of 2012.
Each year Sydney has a theme to it’s pyrotechnic show and this year’s mantra is ‘Time to Dream.’ Around 1.5 million spectators will line the harbour foreshore – so plan ahead to ensure you have a safe and fun-packed night. The fireworks can be seen all the way from the Gladesville Bridge in the inner west to the famous headlands forming the entrance to the harbour.
Best seats in the house
For top views of the fireworks head here: popular vantage points include Sydney Harbour Heads, Cremorne Point, The Rocks, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Darling Harbour, Mosman, Balmain and Glebe. Barangaroo is also a fantastic vantage point to watch fireworks with friends and family. Pack a picnic and book tickets or make a day of it to get the best spot.
Here’s what to expect and when:
The Acknowledgement of Country
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ships engage in a Smoking Ceremony where vessels will cleanse the Harbour of negative spirits as images projected on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons mark the start of the New Year countdown. Teaser fireworks will follow.
The prelude to the main event are the family fireworks that spark up at 9pm. Designed and choreographed specifically for the little ones, these fireworks will fill the night sky fills with colour to chart topping tunes. The eight-minute performance is accompanied by a soundtrack featuring chart hits from 2011.
Harbour of Light Parade
Following the 9pm fireworks, a flotilla of vessels switches on their lights and begins a spectacular 15-kilometre parade around Sydney Harbour. Selected from design entries, there are tall ships, Sydney’s Heritage Fleet, commercial charter vessels and Sydney Ferries chosen to take part to illuminate the 2011 Sydney New Year’s Eve theme Time to Dream.
The main event fireworks
At the stroke of midnight, Sydney celebrates the start of a new year in style by lighting up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display launched from seven barges on the Harbour, the rooftops of seven city skyscrapers and, unforgettably, from Sydney Harbour Bridge in a majestic 12-minute fireworks display. The atmosphere is electric.
Getting the party started
Check out the Opera Bar right under the Opera House, the bars at King Street Wharf, fireworks and beachside parties at Manly, Bondi and Coogee Beaches, fairground fun at Luna Park or cocktails and fireworks at Cockatoo Island.
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