Sydney New Year's Eve Events Map
Sydney New Year's Eve
Because Sydney is in one of the first time zones to ring in the new year, the dazzling pyrotechnic displays at its annual New Year's Eve event kick off not only celebrations for Australia but celebrations around the world. This highly anticipated, multitiered event gathers more than a million guests of all ages around Sydney Harbour -- near the famous Sydney Opera House -- to witness the spectacle of light. The celebration commences with a thrilling Aerial Show at 5 p.m. At 9 p.m., the Family Fireworks show illuminates the sky with an eight-minute performance designed specifically for children, and the famous Harbour of Light Parade follows. The main event comes at the stroke of midnight, when fireworks are launched from city skyscrapers, barges and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to create a stunning display.
Sydney Resolution New Year's Eve Concert
Sydney's Glebe Island offers the best in live music on New Year's Eve at the Sydney Resolution New Year's Eve Concert. The bash features international superstars Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard in performances that begin at 4 p.m. and continue until about 1:45 a.m. on New Year's Day. Festivities also include a showcase of Sydney's local and international cuisine and an array of retail vendors. Concertgoers must be at least 18 years old. Tickets range from $198 to $528 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Harbour Ballroom Party Cruise
Revelers who can afford a one-time splurge can welcome 2012 in style by embarking on a luxurious Harbour Ballroom Party Cruise. In addition to a prime view of Sydney's finest fireworks, the cruise features a deluxe buffet and drink selection. The buffet includes Thai green fish curry, beef stroganoff, honey-glazed carrots with sesame seeds, pesto penne with toasted pine nuts and a Waldorf salad; drinks include juice, mineral water and premium Australian wine and beer. A disc jockey will be on board to spin so that cruisers can dance into the new year. As an added bonus, the paddle wheeler is an official vessel in the Harbour of Light Parade, allowing guests to participate in the festivities while watching the show unfold. The cruise sets sail at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. Early-bird tickets are $650 for children 5 to 14 years old and $750 for adults.
New Year's Eve In Sydney: VideoThis time-lapse video gives a unique look at the 2010 Sydney New Year's Eve event.
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