Many major Australian cities celebrate New Year’s Eve by having parades, music festivals, parties and masquerade balls. A lot of the time celebrities are seen as a guest of honour or even hosting such New Year’s Eve parties that are broadcast on Australian television.
Many Australian’s even celebrate New Year’s Eve on yachts/boats, parklands (reserves), beaches while other Australian’s have special house parties or even the informal barbeque.
Public countdowns are massive in Sydney. A lot of time and effort are put into firework displays that surround the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera house. These are often great for spectators who enjoy a colourful view. It's claimed to be “bigger and speculator” each year. This is televised for other Australian cities/states to view (in celebration of New Year’s Eve).
As I stated before, the Sydney Harbour is an iconic Australian landmark that is a special symbol of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Australia. On this night, the harbor is lit with spectacular fireworks. Sydney also holds a Harbour of Light parade as well.
New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday in Australia, New Year’s Day is. During this period, a lot of schools are closed as it's still there Holiday (Summer Break). Some government offices are either closed or have very limited staff working during this day.
A glimpse of New Year’s Eve in other Australian States:
Western Australia: Bold fireworks with awesome displays over Swan River. A variety of New Year’s Eve parties and events are held all around Perth city and the suburbs. Perth also has a “Perth Cup” that is held on New Year’s Day.
South Australia: South Australia holds a free concert and TWO firework displays at Elder Park (one for the families with children *9pm* and the other for Adults *12am*). The Big Bash league Twenty20 double runs on New Year’s Eve and is ALWAYS sold out (Australian Cricket).
Northern Territory: 90’s rock sensation Diesel held a free concert. There was even free face painting and free balloons given to children to keep them busy till the main attraction of fireworks lighting up Darwin’s Waterfront.
Queensland: The city was brought to life near Brisbane River with a spectacular show featuring more than six tonnes of fireworks which lit up the city from Eagle Street Pier, South Bank to Portside.
New South Wales: As stated above in my MyTake, Sydney is the iconic Australian landmark to New Year’s Eve. A whopping 120 tonnes of fireworks were used. David Bowie, Prince, and Gene Wilder were also celebrated in the 12-minute midnight display. There was inspiration from a 3D paper sculpture of the city that recreated Sydney landmarks with native flowers. There was believed to be 1.5 million spectators viewing the firework bonanza.
Victoria: A massive fireworks display was held in the City Centre. The events and entertainment were made possible with a funding from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage of $240,000. Entertainment was provided. There were musical acts on the main stage near the legislature at Government Street/Belleville Street. There was also food trucks in front of the Empress Hotel and Royal B.C. The event started at 9:30pm following a theatrical fireworks display. Organizers are calling it the biggest in recent history.
Tasmania: Hobart waterfront and Falls Festival at Marion Bay were Tasmania’s hot spots for New Year’s Eve. The River Derwent was flooded with boats. Every pier was crowded with people enjoying the last night of the year. The Taste of Tasmania’s New Year’s Eve party was a hit with last minute party on-goers lining up to get tickets for Australian singer Kate Ceberano. There was also a separate Taste of Tasmania for children, where kids were able to dance to disco music and enjoy the fireworks at 9:30pm.
Well there you go GaGers! I hope you all enjoyed my Mytake.
I also would like to take this time to wish every single one of you a Happy New Year in 2017.
Thank you for reading :)