You might have seen New Year’s Eve fireworks before, but Sydney’s NYE fireworks display is something else.
Even though I’d lived in the state of New South Wales for nearly 4 years, I’d never seen the Sydney fireworks. The previous NYE I’d been in Prague (which of course was a totally awesome place to spend NYE), and prior years I’d celebrated in Newcastle and Hobart.
I’d always avoided Sydney because of the crowds. The idea of being packed around the harbour with 1.5 million other people was not a pleasant one for someone with mild claustrophobia.
In 2014, a friend invited us to a house party at his new apartment in McMahons Point. Apparently, if we leaned out of one of the windows, we’d be able to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its famous fireworks display. It was good enough for us!
In true Australian style, we spent the afternoon having some bevvies (Aussie/British slang for alcoholic beverages) with our mates.
It came to 8:30 PM, half an hour before the 9:00 PM fireworks display. Somebody enquired whether the apartment building had a rooftop, of which our host had no idea. Curious, we filed out of the apartment and made our way up the stairs…
…and holy-freaking-shamole, did it have a rooftop!
Our view from the rooftop
The view was incredible. The spacious corrugated iron rooftop was the perfect vantage point for the upcoming fireworks display.
We went back downstairs, then came up again for the midnight fireworks. As we admired Sydney’s greatest landmarks, we watched comet-like streaks shooting upwards from the Harbour Bridge’s arch while barges in the harbour shot shimmering explosions high into the sky.
The entire night lit up with colour. People around us ooh-ed and ahh-ed whenever something particularly spectacular happened. Sydney had never looked so beautiful as it did in that moment.
Getting home after midnight was a mission. The train stations were severely overcrowded, there were drunktards everywhere, and police were standing on every corner, making you constantly feel like you were doing something wrong… but it didn’t matter. Our trip across the harbour had been worth it.
Seeing Sydney’s NYE fireworks had been on my to-do list, and I can satisfactorily say that I’ve now ticked it off. One item down, about a million to go…
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