One thing I learned while living in Sydney is that Australians love fireworks.
Every Saturday night at 9pm, they have fireworks in Darling Harbor. These are amazing fireworks in my opinion, because they are what you’d see on the 4th of July, not just another Saturday in Sydney.
Every week visitors line up early to watch them, so you have to get there early for a good view. One of the reasons I chose to start my Australian adventure in Sydney was because of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. I’ve seen the fireworks on TV a couple of times and always thought it would be amazing. Having already seen the Saturday fireworks, I knew that the fireworks for New Years would be spectacular. I also figured I’d have to plan ahead, so I could get a good spot.
When deciding where to watch the fireworks, I checked out a variety of websites. There were a lot of options for watching the fireworks. You could pay to watch it on a boat, Luna Park, the Botanical Gardens, or even special parks. I didn’t really want to pay for the Sydney fireworks, so I checked out the free options. There were also quite a few of these, including parks and along the Harbor.
However, the websites cautioned that many sites would fill up quickly and entry would be blocked early in the day. That meant that unless you wanted to pay for a spot, you would need to get there early and camp out all day. I ended up watching the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks under the famous bridge, close enough that I saw the stream of fireworks coming out of the bridge.
So much happened at once. A stream of fireworks rolled off the bridge like a waterfall, and then more fireworks shot off the top of the bridge. Around the sides, although we couldn’t see everything, were more fireworks. Some were coming off the top of the Opera House, and some were shot from behind the bridge like a backdrop. It was almost hard to take it all in, and I was snapping shots as quickly as I could. We could hardly believe what we had seen when it was all over. It had been breathtaking.
On our walk back, we saw a line of police officers on horses and another line of just officers standing. They stood there forever, and then just slowly walked. We overheard a police officer saying it was their way of clearing the streets so the cars could drive along the streets again. Looking back on the night, after talking to my roommates who watched from a park and had a faraway view, I think that I would pay to watch the fireworks. The boat, although crowded, would provide you with a view of all the fireworks. It depends if you want to see everything, or you want to experience fireworks up close and personal.