The title of this post is stolen from the Sydney Morning Herald headline on January 1st, which featured an awesome photograph of the fireworks finale and a picture of a group of guys staying in the hostel room next to us! Wakeup! is definitely the place to be staying at this time of year, and we love Sydney so much that we’ve decided to spend an extra couple of days here. Our decision may also have been influenced by the fact that the weather up the East Coast is supposed to be absolutely awful until the end of February… can you believe that? I think we may have to hightail it back down to Melbourne if the forecasts are accurate.
New Year’s Eve in Sydney is legendary, and with all that hype you’ve got to think that there is going to be some disappointment somewhere. There wasn’t. The debate over where we were going to view the fireworks raged until the morning of, when we finally decided on Christison’s Park. It is one of the furthest vantage points but offers a complete view of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the harbour itself. A great decision. We arrived at around 1pm to a huge green field and a perfect view. We spread out our picnic blankets and gorged on smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, baguette, tim tams and Veuve Cliquot. Not bad for a couple of flashpackers! A group of people from our hostel joined us, we partied on the field and watched the every-hour-on-the-hour flybys and writing in the sky.
The family fireworks set off at 9pm. By this time our empty field was almost full to the brim with families and backpackers enjoying the view. One of the girls had a radio and we listened to the synchronized music as the fireworks filled the sky over Sydney. The Simpsons themesong played as huge “S”‘s appeared in the sky. Mika’s Everybody’s going to love today played as the fireworks exploded into hearts. It was very cool and went off without a hitch.
By now it was pitch black and we decided to pack up and head to somewhere a little closer to the action. Sarah and I went to Neilson’s Park on the other side of the promonatory from Christison’s Park. We parked ourselves down on the beach, opened some more champagne and witnessed some of the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen. There was no countdown to midnight but a huge cheer as the first explosion set off over Harbour Bridge. All in all an incredible new years, one of the best ever, and I just want to say… Happy New Year Everybody!!