Curtain rises on New Year’s Eve festivities
New Year’s Eve celebrations are in full swing across Australia with early fireworks displays raising the curtain on festivities around the country.
IMAGE: New Year’s Eve revellers get ready for the New Years Eve fireworks at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
NEW YEAR’S EVE celebrations are in full swing across Australia with early fireworks displays raising the curtain on festivities around the country.
In Sydney, where the theme for the night is Time to Dream, the Harbour Bridge went multilingual with a series of projections, including the words “Welcome to Sydney” in 16 languages.
In a modern twist on the traditional smoking ceremony, smoke in violet, blue, green and yellow floated across Sydney Harbour to cleanse it for 2012.
The 9pm (AEDT) fireworks then kicked off in an eight-minute pyrotechnic performance from barges, rooftops and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The fireworks were followed by the Harbour of Light parade of specially-lit boats – the biggest yet with 55 vessels, including Tall Ships.
In Brisbane, crowds of around 80,000 ignored the gloomy weather to watch an 8.30 fireworks display along the riverside.
Fireworks also lit up the sky on the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise foreshore at 9pm (AEST).
Humid weather in Melbourne brought out a crowd of 600,000, who were thrilled by a 10-minute golden fireworks display at 9.45pm (AEDT) and the first of a series of gold flares that will fire across the city every hour until the clock strikes midnight.
In Canberra, crowds in Civic Square and throughout the national capital enjoyed a 15-minute fireworks spectacular ahead of the midnight display.
Revellers in Tasmania have started ringing in the New Year at the Falls Festival and along Hobart’s waterfront. - AAP