11/30/2011 12:00 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

New Year's Eve In Sydney: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in Sydney.

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 Harbor, Pirrama Road, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia

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.

Glebe Island Brace, Leichhardt NSW 2039, Australia

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.

Harbour Ballroom Party Cruise, King Street Wharf, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

New Year's Eve In Sydney: Video

This time-lapse video gives a unique look at the 2010 Sydney New Year's Eve event.

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