Sydney, Australia is always a top spot to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Not only is it one of the first major cities to ring in the festivities because of their position on the globe, the fireworks are just plain spectacular to boot. Usually, thousands of revelers and firework fans camp overnight on Sydney’s foreshore in order to secure a good viewing location for the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve firework show.
Even organizers report that 1.5 million people stay up to see this super-sized Sydney firework show. And, those folks that rough it for a night or two in order for a primo seat also report that their vigil was well worth the discomfort. More than 6,000 came at least 24-hours early just to be at the water’s edge when the show started. Revelers say that watching Sydney fireworks is one of the most amazing experiences ever.
At the annual event, approximately seven tons of pyrotechnics are shot up in an extravaganza of colorful sparks and smoke over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the famous Opera House in the foreground. This big load is estimated to cost around $5 million dollars and takes eight months to plan– that’s a lot of fireworks and a lot of time!
In addition to the 1.5 million person live audience, there are over one billion folks around the world that tune into the show on television to catch a glimpse of the earliest New Year on the planet. One of the most spectacular effects of the 2010 show was a new trick, a chessboard effect of red and white tumbling lights. If you are interested in watching the next Sydney firework show, put it on the calendar – it will be on New Year’s Eve 2011, just minutes before it becomes 2012!