A Banging Start to 2012
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
84Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We weren't quite that fanatical but still, we wanted to have as good a spot as we could (without having to give up several full days to sitting around). So we rounded up the troops and the four of us (Sean, Katy, Julie (Sean's sister) and Tasmin (Sean's cousin)) set off at lunch time into the City with a picnic blanket, snacks and camera's at the ready
We got into the city at about 2 o-clock so had 7 hours to kill before the first set of fireworks and 10 hours to kill in total as we waited to ring in the New Year. We setup our picnic blanket, got the radio going and played cards whilst catching the sun as it was such a beautiful day and really quite hot. Then at around 6 the first bit of entertainment started with a stunt plane flying over our heads and doing air acrobatics above the Opera house whilst a different plane wrote an advert in the sky. By 6 o-clock the whole place was absolutely packed and they closed the whole area off to new entrants, people were literally shoulder-to-shoulder but as we had setup our picnic blankets and were lying down we had tons of space which was awesome!
Our area was an alcohol free zone along with most of the city centre and the police came round a couple of times asking to check our bags for alcohol
At 9 o-clock the first set of fireworks began and it was fantastic, we had a brilliant view and could see them exploding over the Opera house! All the waiting around was immediately worthwhile and we could see why so many people want to come to Sydney for New Years, and why it is hailed as one of the best New Year cities in the world. Somehow the combination of the fireworks with the iconic Opera House and harbour bridge created this breath-taking sight and an immense atmosphere. I can't imagine how anywhere could match it as the fireworks reflected off the skyscrapers and off the still harbour water.
Once the 9 o-clock fireworks were over loads of people who were with children or old people started to leave, presumably because they didn't want to stay until too late. The problem was that a channel opened up right through our picnic spot and dozens of people were literally walking over us and over all of our stuff to get out
When midnight finally came around the fireworks didn't disappoint. It was absolutely spectacular and the whole city centre was lit up with the most incredible fireworks we've ever seen. At one stage there were fireworks going all around us so you didn't actually know where to look, and at the finale the sky was lit up as if it was day-time. There was so much going on that we had to watch it over and over again on Youtube the next day. It was truly breath-taking and a New Year we will remember for a long time to come. There's no doubt that all the waiting around was worth it, and to be honest it was quite fun to sunbathe, chat, play games and people-watch throughout the day anyway.
The only negative was that as we left a guy who had climbed into a tree was climbing out, the branch snapped and him and the branch landed on me which again led to a lot of laughter, this time at my expense.
Ah well, Happy New Year!!!