Australia's other big cities do New Year in their own way (and, of course, they all insist that their celebration is better). But to the international visitor, New Year's Eve in Australia is all about the fireworks on Sydney Harbour. And, once the interstate rivalry is put aside, it has to be admitted that Sydney puts on the biggest show.
The spectacle lasts all day,but the main events are the 9pm family fireworks at Darling Harbour and the midnight spectacular with the Harbour Bridge as a focal point. While the fireworks can be seen from all around the harbour, a little advance preparation pays dividends.
To see it from a boat or a harbour island requires buying a ticket in advance it's not free to watch everywhere while some locations are more family-friendly than others. Similarly, some locations allow BYO alcohol, while others ban it. At the latter, drinks can only be bought from licensed bars, and the queues can get annoyingly long on the night.
One final consideration is getting back home (or to your hotel). The public transport system is relatively good on New Year's Eve, but demand swamps supply. As for getting a taxi ha, ha, very funny.
For more information on planning and vantage points, visit www.sydneynewyearseve.com.