New Year’s Fireworks in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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The municipal fireworks on New Year’s Eve viewed from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; here the Sydney Harbour Bridge (closed at 4 pm to traffic) was the launching “platform” for literally tons of pyrotechnics

 

Before our visit to Sydney, Australia, we heard from friends who live in the city that the fireworks over Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve were not to be missed.  When the Sydney Opera House web site went live with tickets for the evening (back in March), we decided to book the whole evening there with friends: a pre–performance gala dinner, a live performance of Puccini’s opera La Bohème (with an intermission in time to go out on the terrace to watch the 9:00 p.m. “kids’ fireworks”), a post-performance party and supper and fireworks viewing from the terrace at midnight.  This turned out to be a really festive, fun, and memorable evening – definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visiting Americans.

 

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To get to the Sydney Opera House at 4 pm (the roads were closed!) on New Year’s Eve we took a water taxi to the nearby Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; the dock was full of spectators waiting since early morning for the 9 p.m. and midnight municipal fireworks

 

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The view from the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theater’s dining area on New Year’s Eve overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the fireworks launching platforms in the bay; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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The early evening dinner in the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theater’s dining area for those attending the New Year’s Eve Sydney Opera House performance of La Bohème; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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After sunset, following dinner, the view from the outdoor terrace of the dining area gave us an interesting night-time perspective of the adjacent concert hall; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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The view from the Joan Sutherland Theater’s terrace before the 9:00 p.m. fireworks was fairly tranquil, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; the Sydney Harbour Bridge is at the top and the ground level plaza was alive with a New Year’s Eve party in full swing

 

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The 9:00 p.m. municipal fireworks is affectionately referred to as the “kids’ fireworks” as they are held earlier in the evening than midnight for all the “kids” to be able to see the 12-minute pyrotechnics show and then get a good night’s sleep; viewed from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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The final curtain call on New Year’s Eve with the principal singers and the orchestra conductor of Puccini’s classic Parisian love-story opera, La Bohème; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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The midnight (“Happy New Year, 2017!”) fireworks started off like the 9 p.m. “kids’ fireworks”, but, as shown in the next photograph, had a superb finale on the Sydney Harbor Bridge; viewed from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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The finale of the midnight (“Happy New Year, 2017!”) fireworks extravaganza had a magnificent fireworks waterfall cascading off the deck of the Sydney Harbor Bridge along with massive numbers of fireworks launched from the deck of the bridge; viewed from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

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After the post-performance Opera party and midnight fireworks, we caught the 1:45 a.m. water taxi back to White Bay Cruise Terminal where our ship was docked – Happy New Year, 2017!; this view of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, was made from the water taxi

 

5 thoughts on “New Year’s Fireworks in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    • We’ve been following the N. CA storm with interest as there are many downed trees blocking roads and lost electric power in the hills. A good storm to have “missed”! And yes, this was a spectacular celebration and fun (and tasty) evening.

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