As the world begins ringing in 2016, one of the first and most impressive fireworks displays will occur in Sydney. This year’s display begins at midnight local time (8 a.m. EST Thursday) and will feature 12 minutes of fireworks being shot off from seven barges in the harbor, the Sydney Opera House as well as the Harbour Bridge.
A broadcast of the full fireworks show is available online from Telstra and can be viewed here. Australian broadcaster ABC1 will start its coverage at 8:30 p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. EST) and it can be viewed here. You can also watch the display on the Telstra app that can be downloaded here.
Events in Sydney kick off at 6 p.m. local time (2 a.m. EST) with a flight show followed by a water display show at 6:50 p.m. The Harbour Bridge turns into a giant canvas at 8:30 p.m. with projections of images and videos along with a countdown to the fireworks show. The opening ceremony at 8:40 p.m. features aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the cleansing of the harbor with eucalyptus smoke to banish bad spirits.
The first round of fireworks for those who might not be able to stay awake until midnight kicks off at 9 p.m. local time (5 a.m. EST ) and this year’s theme will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden and the 100th anniversary of the Taronga Zoo. Before the main show at midnight, the annual harbor light parade will take place with ships decorated with lights gliding across the water.
Over 1 million people are expected to view the fireworks this year in Sydney. Last year 11,000 shells, 25,000 comets and more than 100,000 individual effects were used at a cost of over $5 million, local media reported. This year Sydney is again expected to spend over $5 million to ring in the new year.