Cultural and creative life

In pictures: Sydney welcomes the new year

The city sends off 2022 in true style

  • Crowds flock to the foreshore

    More than 200,000 revellers attended New Year's Eve vantage points after 2 very quiet years to join the celebrations.

    Photos: James Coles, Paul McMillan, Morris McLennan

  • The stage is set

    A balmy summer evening with a glorious sunset set the stage for a New Year's Eve to remember.

    Photo: Keith McInnes

  • Welcome to Gadigal Land

    The Tribal Warrior performed a smoking ceremony on Sydney Harbour. The ceremony is a ritual of purification and unity, cleansing the space for the new year.

    Photo: Paul McMillan

  • Inspired by the land, sea and sky

    The 9pm Calling Country fireworks and pylon projections were inspired by colours of the land, sea and sky. First Nations artists Dennis Golding and Carmen Glynn-Braun curated the display, in collaboration with Gadigal artist Nadeena Dixon.

    Photo: Keith McInnes

  • A celebration of First Nations culture

    Nadeena Dixon’s projections on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons highlighted the story of Gadigal fisherwomen with illustrations of land, water, marine life and figures of her ancestors.

    Photo: Morris McLennan

  • Sydney welcomes WorldPride

    Sydney Harbour comes alive with the colours of the Progress Pride flag. Sydney is proud to host WorldPride in 2023.

    Photo: Paul McMillan

  • A rainbow across the harbour

    Sydney Harbour becomes a shimmering rainbow at 11pm.

    Photo: Matt Lambley

  • Sydney Harbour Lights

    Boats illuminated during the Sydney Harbour Lights display paint the harbour with streaking light trails in this image captured from North Sydney.

    Photo: Daniel Tran

  • Welcome to 2023

    More fireworks than ever before were launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 2022 New Year's Eve celebrations.

    Photo: Morris McLennan

  • Happy New Year Sydney!

    More than 8 tonnes of fireworks, with over 100,000 pyrotechnics, were launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 4 rootops, the sails of the Sydney Opera House and 6 floating platforms.

    Photo: Matt Lambley