Australia is a country known for having people that like to have a good time, and that’s just the case on New Year’s Eve. Most cities across the continent have their own celebrations, mostly consisting of large fireworks displays, but the city most closely associated with the big New Year’s Eve party in Australia is, of course, its largest city — Sydney.
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a coastal city located in southeastern Australia. The weather is warm this time of year, so a visit to Sydney could prove to be a perfect contrast to the traditional cold and crowded New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Here are just a couple things to do if you find yourself down under after Christmas.
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Big fireworks can be seen all over the country, but in Sydney, they do it big. The fireworks in Sydney are one of the most watched attractions in the world on New Year’s Eve, with 2.3 million watching them in 2013 in Australia alone on TV, and more than a billion watched across the world, the Telegraph reported.
When you consider the millions of people who watch it, it’s safe to say they’re a popular attraction. The show has a theme each year, and actually contains two different snows. The family fireworks display starts at 9 p.m., but the big show starts at the stroke of midnight. The show lasts 12 minutes, but pyrotechnics are released from seven barges all over Sydney harbor, making it one of the brightest displays across Australia.
— Breaking Sydney News (@iSydneyNews) December 29, 2015
Marquee At The Star: For those looking for a more dance-heavy option, the Marquee Sydney nightclub might have a better option. The club has booked the Dutch Trance music group Dash Berlin for its New Year’s Eve celebration, which will not only include some of Sydney’s most fashionable crowds, but also a view of the midnight fireworks. Tickets for the event aren’t cheap, however. They’re still available, but will run you at least $180. VIP tables are also available, but can cost up to $3,500.
A night at the Bondi Icebergs Club: While the Sydney fireworks are the star attraction New Year’s Eve in Sydney, the city and its surrounding areas have many more options for gorgeous attractions to see as you bring in the new year. One of these is Bondi Beach, which you can get a glimpse of if you attend the New Year’s Eve event at the Bondi Iceberg Club. The event will feature the Sydney band Big Toy, and tickets will allow you to eat a wide variety of canapes the club will have and give you access to four drinks from their beer taps and wine list. Tickets run about $150, and the event starts at 7:30 p.m., running until after midnight.
— City of Sydney (@cityofsydney) December 29, 2015
Harbour of Light Parade: While most parades are known to travel down the main streets of a city, the Harbour of Light Parade features more than 50 vessels gliding across the Sydney Harbour. The vessels will be outlined with white rope lights, and the whole show starts at about 9:15 p.m.