Absolutely brilliant day!
We weren’t sure where we would watch the fireworks, how busy things would be or the best time to be there, so after some scouting of possible sites, we found one last free bench at Dawes Point (map: https://goo.gl/maps/B3puKDcRoJL2) close to the bridge around 3pm and decided to stick there (at least with two of us there, we could take breaks).
Quite a few people arrived in the hour or so after is, so we decided it was a good call.
Things kicked off at 6pm with an aerial display, unfortunately more on the Opera House side of the bridge to where we were, but I caught a few photos.
7pm saw a tugboat spraying water around the harbour. There were a lot of larger boats on the harbour, going backwards and forwards in display.
At 9pm, there was a family fireworks display, followed by the flotilla of boats returning, illuminated.
Photos to this point: https://goo.gl/photos/gicXXivwTUKXwakL8
From this point on, the area got a lot busier with people, but an absolutely lovely atmosphere. What was lovely to see as well, was just what a great mix there was – loads of nations and races happily enjoying the evening together.
I can’t do justice to the midnight firework display with either words or pictures, but I can honestly say it was an amazing experience.
The authorities were expecting between one and 1.5 million people around the whole harbour area watching the fireworks and around 10,000 in Dawes Point where we were, but the atmosphere was so relaxed, good-natured and fantastic, even in the inevitable crush to make our way back out into the city (it took us ¾ hour to get back to the hotel – normally a 15 minute walk).
An incredible evening.
Second party of photos: https://goo.gl/photos/ZMZ84iQFRTWb1THd9