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New Year in Sydney - The Place To Be

sydneyfireworksSydney is the first major worldwide city to celebrate the New Year and so they are proud to make their show the best on earth. They know that the rest of the world are watching in anticipation and excitement before their own impending New Year celebrations begin.

Once I had planned the route for my year of travel and knew I was going to be in Sydney for New Year, the organising began. It is important to think about it well in advance. Accommodation is ridiculously expensive around this time and is booked out well ahead. Even the cheap hostels fill up quickly. Fortunately I had friends in Sydney who I was able to stay with.

Deciding on what and where to celebrate the New Year can be difficult as there are many options, but close proximity to the harbour is a must. There are choices for every budget, ranging from a do-it-yourself picnic in the park, to a private yacht party in the harbour itself. The friends I was meeting for New Year already had tickets to dinner in the Botanical Gardens, so my choice was simple. It was expensive, but at $300 we got welcome champagne, 3 course meal, with additional midnight snack, band, bar, disco, DJ and quite possibly the best view of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and fireworks that there is. So all in all I think it was worth the money!

The weather was perfect and we enjoyed relaxing in the park, just next to Mrs Macquarie's Chair (a sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench) but separate from those with picnic tickets. We relaxed while watching the sunset and as beer, champagne and cocktails flowed the anticipaction grew. At 9pm there are some fireworks. These cater to the families with children but get the whole crowd going. As the hour approached we stocked up on drinks and watched as the countdown clock began on the Harbour Bridge.

newyearSometimes fireworks are fireworks and yeah, after a bit they can become a bit boring, but not these. The sky was lit up and the Opera House and Bridge illuminated; fireworks were being lit from on top of skyscrapers in Sydney's CBD. The whole of Sydney's harbour area was alive with the atmosphere and maybe it was the frozen daiquiris that helped, but we all felt a little bit emotional. (One of my friends then tried to snog a policeman - not to be advised, but he took it in good spirits). The dancefloor was in full flow by then and to be able to dance the night away.  Being outside with such a perfect backdrop is truly an amazing experience.

There are other options available for viewing the fireworks. Tickets can be bought for sections of the Botanical Gardens where you can bring a rug and a picnic and settle down for the night. Taronga Zoo on the north side is also a good spot for a great view. Find friends that live somewhere with a view, Neutral Bay for example, and have a BBQ and garden party. Dinner from a harbour view restaurant would be spectacular. Or if you are feeling flush, hire a yacht in the harbour for possibly one of the best views ever and have your own private luxury party!

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