Cultural and creative life

In pictures: Sydney celebrates New Year’s Eve

Re-live the moments that made an epic #SydNYE.

  • The anticipation

    New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a bucket list experience for many.

    Lisa-Marie and Tana travelled from Germany to see the fireworks.

    Credit: Getty Images / City of Sydney
  • Getting in early

    The first vantage point filled up at 10.30am, more than 12 hours before the midnight fireworks.

    Instagrammer @thiliniishaka snapped this photo of Bradfield Park from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Play date

    Sydney Opera House and Mrs Macquaries Point proved the most popular free spots to view the show and filled up quickly.

    This group of friends travelled from the United States, Argentina, Italy and Buenos Aires.

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  • The crowd takes cover

    A thunderstorm did little to dampen Sydney’s spirits on its night of nights.

    Crowds ducked for whatever cover they could find as the Bureau of Metereology issued a severe weather warning in the afternoon.

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  • Drenched!

    At Dawes Point, pink ponchos were out in force.

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  • Calling Country

    Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit red as part of the new Calling Country segment: a stunning harbour-wide celebration that welcomed all to Gadigal land.

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  • The early show

    The 9pm fireworks set the scene for a massive celebration.

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  • Spectacular family fireworks

    Our littlest spectators, who may nod off a little earlier, saw a fantastic display.

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  • The main event

    The moment the crowds were waiting for.

    A 12 minute fireworks spectacular lit the skies as we welcomed in the new year.

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  • Midnight fireworks

    “We got scorched by the sun, drenched by the rain and smashed by the crowds, but it was all worth it,” says Instagrammer @markfetic.

  • Pretty in pink

    We loved seeing the crowd's photos coming in on #SydNYE.

    Instagrammer Martin (@visualspassport) made this epic capture.

  • ‘That moment’

    “You know that feeling when you are so happy that you are alive in the moment, and everything else fades. That's how I felt last night,” says Instagrammer @thatgirlfrommountains.

  • A race against the clock

    When Sydney photographer Daniel Tran was brought on board to capture the fireworks, he knew just how he wanted to shoot it: by layering some of the best firework moments into a single image.

    “With a video you can watch the whole display or even the highlights of it but with a single image, it's more difficult to convey just how spectacular the fireworks really are in Sydney,” he said.

    Creating an image like this usually takes a few days worth of editing, but Daniel turned around these pics in less than 30 minutes.

    The results speak for themselves.

    Credit: Getty Images / City of Sydney

Sydney New Year’s Eve is a celebration like no other. Every year, more than a million spectators gather along the shores of Sydney Harbour to watch one of the world’s biggest fireworks displays.

Despite some wild weather, this year was heralded as one of the best ever.

From all of us at the City of Sydney, we wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2019.

Published 4 January 2019