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Being situated at the 'bottom' of the planet (or the top,
depending on how you view the world!) brings more
benefits than just a warm climate; Australia is one of the
first countries to enter the New Year, and is therefore one of the
first to start the party! Where would you rather be when the clock
A Sydney shindig
Often featuring on news stations around the world, Sydney's
New Year celebrations are famous for fireworks displays, which
seem to get bigger and better every year. It's safe to assume that
2012/13 will be no different, so pack the caravan and head to
New South Wales.
Settle in at Sydney Harbour for the best view of the fireworks.
Themed, multi-coloured pyrotechnics will explode off the
Harbour Bridge and from several barges in the harbour. If you
really want to get up close to the dazzling display, purchase
a ticket to a harbour island, take a harbour cruise or book a
table at a waterside restaurant. There's no doubt that children
appreciate fireworks more than most, but unless you fill them
with red cordial and other sweet stimulants, they'll probably be
fast asleep by midnight. Don't worry, most New Year events,
including the Sydney party, will feature 'family fireworks' at the
more child-friendly time of 9 pm.
If they can keep those little eyelids open past then, the
Harbour of Light Parade is a great event for children -- and
adults, too. First held in 1999 as part of Sydney's millennium
celebrations, this year's parade will feature 60 illuminated vessels,
including tall ships, Tribal Warrior Association boats, and the
Sydney Heritage Fleet.
The vessels will travel from Cockatoo Island in the west, on a
colourful pilgrimage to Clark Island in the east.
All the glitz and extravagance of New Year's Eve in Sydney
is designed to entertain all ages, but attendees can now also
feel good about the environmental impact of the party. In 2008,
the City of Sydney became Australia's first carbon-neutral
council, and the city's New Year event is accordingly carbon-
Carbon credits offset all emissions from the event, 80 per
cent of rubbish collected is recycled, props and decorations
are re-used, and partygoers will be encouraged to catch public
transport to the event, so leave the van behind and party green!
A Hobart hullabaloo
Want to ring in 2013 by partying like it's 1985? Hobart's
waterfront is the place to be, with a 1980s-themed New Year's
Eve in the planning. Authentic '80s tribute band The Old
Romantics will be performing all the hot hits from the decade of
leg warmers and leotards.
If that sounds a little too Flashdance for you, head inside
the shed where the DJ will be spinning some more democratic
musical offerings of all decades and genres. There will even be
a performance by Keshie, a Melbourne-based West African
Of course, there will be fireworks aplenty, with a special family
display in Sullivans Cove at 9.30 pm, as well as a huge midnight
finale on the waterfront.
It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without fireworks, and it
wouldn't be Tasmania without fantastic food and wine! Hobart
holds The Taste Festival over the New Year period, and there are
plenty of delicious local delicacies to sample, as well as roving
performers entertaining the crowds around the city. It seems
there's more than one reason to visit Tassie at any time of year!
An Adelaide affair
Adelaide's New Year's Eve party is all about 'fresh'. Acting Lord
Mayor David Plumridge says the CBD event will be 'unique' and
'imaginative', and judging by the city's reputation for holding
impressive arts festivals and events, you have good reason to
Along with performances by Adelaide's hottest swing band,
Lucky Seven, and the Atlantic Street Band with jazz-inspired
New Year's for nomads
Technically, it is possible to enjoy two New
Year countdowns in one year -- if you celebrate
midnight at an airport in Australia, then
immediately board a flight to American Samoa for
touchdown in time for the countdown! With so
many celebrations happening all over the world,
the craziest among us might consider this option;
but for most people, one New Year party is more
than enough, and those on offer around Australia
will more than satisfy.
By Eden F Cox
Fireworks off the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image © Tourism Australia
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