One of the first to kick off the festivities, Sydney’s fireworks are the most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations in the World. When the clock struck 12 last year, 2.3 million people were watching Sydney’s celebrations on TV in Australia – and more than a billion had tuned in worldwide.
We hadn’t anticipated being in Australia for New Years Eve, but when our plans changed we decided that Sydney’s fireworks were an experience not to be missed.
Throwing everything we had at enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime event, we decided to forego staking out a coveted spot on the banks of the harbour days in advance, and brought a (very) expensive all-inclusive ticket for a boat out on the water.
When the time came and the end of 2014 was upon us, we joined the crowds around the harbour to board our boat and set off for the most amazing New Years Eve I have ever experienced.
Seeing people stacked upon people on the most popular embankments, we knew we had made the right decision.
The boat was busy, but there was plenty of space. Food and drink was flowing merrily, and the party atmosphere was infectious. The feeling of excitement and anticipation spread around the deck like wild fire and everyone was happy and smiling.
After watching some of the crowd entertainment, including aerial acrobatics and an LED show, our boat settled into position in Circular Quay for a taster of what was to come at 9pm – a short ‘child friendly’ firework display.
As soon as the fireworks finished, all the boats around us (including ours) lit up and made its way around the harbour as part of the Parade of Lights.
After our boat had completed its circuit of Sydney’s entire harbour a part of the evening’s Parade Of Lights, we were back at Circular Quay again – ready for the big guns.
Standing out on deck, suddenly we could hear the heaving crowds on the bank chanting gleefully ’3, 2, 1…’ and the sky lit up around us.
100,000 pyrotechnic effects exploded above – shooting up from all sides. The Opera House to our right, the Harbour Bridge to our left, barges straight ahead – all of them were fizzing and popping with energy as lights burst and glittered above us.
I couldn’t hear anything but the huge bangs, fizzes and crackles of the fireworks overhead, and when I looked into the sky exploding colours and beautiful lights entirely filled my vision.
We were watching seven tonnes of fireworks exploding directly in front of us for a whole twelve minutes.
Even after they had stopped, my ears were ringing with the sound of the explosions and the cheers of everyone on board and across the harbour. I couldn’t stop laughing or wipe the huge grin off my face.
We finished the night dancing away below deck until the boat reached the harbour again all too soon. It was the most magical New Years experience I have ever had and if I had half the chance I would certainly do it again. It was expensive, but it was also worth every cent!