Sydney’s skyline has exploded as New Year’s Eve fireworks illuminated the city and dazzled spectators, ahead of the midnight extravaganza that will bring in 2011.
About 1.5 million revellers crammed into viewpoints on the foreshore, joining the people on board luxury yachts and tinnies in a celebratory roar as the party got into full swing.
The familiar rumble-and-bang of fireworks sounded shortly after 9pm (AEDT) on Friday as streams of incandescent colour shot into the heavens – a teaser for the much-hyped show-stopper set to wow the world at midnight.
An X on the Harbour Bridge reflected the Make Your Mark theme of the family-friendly display, which coincided with a lit parade of vessels on the waters below.
In true Aussie style, backyards will also be bustling with those who prefer a laid-back barbie and tinnie to soak up the last moments of 2010.
But the best views will be had by those who queued for hours to take temporary possession of a prime piece of real estate at the Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.
Some splurged up to $500 for a Baywatch-themed cocktail party at the Opera Bar where guests were being served drinks by waiters in swimming costumes.
I hope everyone had a fabulous New Years Eve. A new year begins, with new adventures, meeting new people, and no doubt a few surprises along the way. Have a great 2011.
Unfortunately this video is restricted because of music copyright.
Some people will be able to watch it here, others will have have to watch it on You Tube.
Regardless I hope everyone enjoys the show.