The New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne and Sydney are major events, not just for Australians, but internationally, as due to our timezone, they are often the first Midnight Fireworks celebrations to signify January 1st. As Europe, Asia and America countdown to midnight, images from Melbourne and Sydney are broadcast worldwide. As a result, each year Melbourne and Sydney try to out do one another; Melbourne's fireworks are often located in the city centre, while the Harbour Bridge (with a 'Bridge Effect' theme) is the centrepiece of Sydney's fireworks display each year.
Head to Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st, 2011 from 6:00pm for great pre-entertainment, including the 9pm Family Fireworks. The Harbour of Light Parade will then commence and will lead up to the Midnight Fireworks display. There are numerous vantage points around the Sydney Harbour; Blues Point Reserve, Dawes Point (Tar-ra) Park, Campbells Cove, The Rocks, First Fleet Park, Bradfield Park, Mary Booth Lookout, Kurraba Point Reserve, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney Opera House, East Circular Quay and Circular Quay Promenade are just some of the recommended locations. You can find a detailed map of all the Fireworks Vantage Points at the Sydney New Years Eve website.
Another way to view this year's New Year's Eve fireworks display is at the Sydney Resolution Concert Series New Year's Eve event, which will take place on Glebe Island on Saturday 31st December 2011. This anticipated live music event will feature performances from the likes of British funk band Jamiroquai, influential electronic music duo The Pet Shop Boys, Australian pop singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, Australian new wave band Pseudo Echo and the recently reunited Culture Club.
In addition to these live performances, there will also be 'The Village' - a special area set-up away from the main stage and seating, featuring a range of bars, restaurants, market stalls and much more. Here you will be able to relax and wine and dine as 2011 comes to a close.
New Year's Eve 2011 at Taronga Zoo is a great family friendly event. In the unique setting you can have a picnic and view the various animal exhibits until dark. Taronga Zoo is another prime viewing position for the New Year's Eve fireworks display.