Having been away travelling on New Year’s eve for the past couple of years, it was nice to be home in Sydney to watch the fireworks display. I was fortunate to win some tickets to watch the midnight fireworks on the Cahill Expressway. However, as we weren’t able to to access the viewing area until 10:30pm, we decided to watch the 9pm fireworks at Observatory Hill.
Arriving at the observatory around 6:30pm, we had limited choices for seats, and ended up low down on the hill. We had a great view of one of the fireworks barges, but were unable to see much of the harbour water and didn’t have a great view of the bridge – fortunately for us, the bridge wasn’t used at all for these fireworks! Surprisingly, the crowd was very relaxed, with no one standing up during the fireworks!
Afterwards, we quickly made our way to the entrance of the Cahill Expressway, and were several hundred people back in the queue. Despite this, we were still able to get a good front row position for viewing the Harbour Bridge. While more packed than Observatory Hill, it was still much more relaxing than my experiences in other public areas around the harbour in previous years, and the views for the midnight fireworks were brilliant.
Below are some of my favourite photos of the night. And of course, Happy New Year!