Famous around the world, Sydney's fireworks display to celebrate the beginning of a new year is not to be missed. Barges and buildings are used to launch the fireworks into the sky but it is the Sydney Harbour Bridge that is the star of the show. The Bridge Effect every year is something that people want to see. Various symbols, shapes, words and designs are formed with fireworks shooting out from all over the iconic structure.
An earlier show is the 9pm Family Fireworks Display. It is also an impressive display with backing music that the younger ones in the crowd will appreciate.
Among the many locations to see the fireworks are the free sites that include Birchgrove Park, Bicentennial Park, Blues Point Reserve, Bradfield Park, Bradley's Head, Campbells Cove, Christison Park, Circular Quay Promenade, Clarke's Point, Cremorne Point Reserve, Dawes Point, East Circular Quay, Elkington Park, First Fleet Park, Illoura Reserve, Manns Point, Mort Bay Park, Mrs Macquaries Point, Observatory Hill Park, The Rocks, Yarranabbe Park and Sydney Opera House.
It is important to grab your spot early. Many head out at lunch, or in the morning even, to stake a claim on the best locations. There are also ticketed events, the cost of these varies.
At Darling Harbour there is additional entertainment with bands and other acts.
A new addition to the night is the free iphone app for those who want to count down at the right time.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed at 11:00pm on New Year's Eve. Beginning earlier in the day they start closing lanes on the bridge. Other roads in the area are also closed.
Sydney's fireworks are broadcast live on television around Australia, and as it is the first large display for the world it is often shown live in other countries through cable news networks.