Once again I spent my New Years Eve on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
The plan for this year was to watch the fireworks from Blues Point. However, despite arriving before 11am the site was already totally full. So my friends and I ended up next to the Northern Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Bradfield Park.
As seen in the series of images below the fireworks off the bridge just kept on increasing in size as the performance went on and eventually the bridge was lost in a ball of white.
I spent New Years Eve in Sydney with friends overlooking the harbour. This year we went to Athol Lawn, Bradleys Head on the North Shore.
After being sent in the wrong direction by security, we got inside and found a good spot on the lawn looking between the trees across the harbour to the bridge and the city. We then had a eight hour wait for midnight, firstly in direct sunlight and then being cooled by cloud in the late afternoon.
The views from Athol Lawn were impressive. We were further from the bridge than we thought we would be, but being able to see five or six barges along the harbour is a view that I haven’t been able to see before. Glancing back at my photos from previous years, this is one of the best views of the whole city that I have seen.
I’ve been out all day walking around Sydney Harbour taking checking out the Sydney International Fleet Review. The morning wasn’t as exciting as expected, but the afternoon air displays and then fireworks were incredibly impressive. Below are some of the shots from the day.
For this New Year’s Eve a friend of mine won us tickets to be on the Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay for the midnight fireworks – giving us some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge. Because we couldn’t access the expressway until 10.30pm we watched the 9pm fireworks from Observatory Hill.
All up the evening was fun, and different to previous years which have been spent at Barangaroo. Observatory Hill would be a great place to watch both sets of fireworks, it doesn’t have the best angle on the bridge but you can see a lot of the harbour. While the views from the expressway were great, not staying in one place the entire evening was rather annoying, and we learnt that crowds of families push forward in lines worse than most young people do! A little bit of extra excitement was also added to the evening when something caught fire just before midnight in Circular Quay sending flames and smoke high into air.