Australia rings in new year with skies lit

(Australian Associated Press)


Skylines across Australia have lit up as tonnes of fireworks exploded and the nation ushered in the new year.

Sydney yet again wowed an estimated one million bedazzled revellers around the harbour with a 12-minute display from midnight that featured new firework effects, a brighter bridge display and 500kg more explosives than the previous year.

Lime and peach were new additions to the pyrotechnic colour wheel while a new “wave effect” design gave gold palms coloured tips.

The famous coathanger was adorned with an extra 1000 lighting effects and lit until 1am while the Opera House had more than 800 fireworks shot from its sails.

Revellers had endured an early thunderstorm and late scattered showers before the stunning midnight show.

More than 350,00 revellers poured into Melbourne to see 14 tonnes of fireworks burst into the sky across a 10-minute display from the stroke of midnight to welcome in the new year.

Dazzling circles of fireworks to Saturn ring-shaped displays were among the crackling roar of effects to fire from 22 CBD buildings, which could be seen from all angles of the city.

It was synchronised to a soundtrack by Aboriginal Australian hip-hop artist Adam Briggs.

It cost $3.4 million for the displays, despite just $235,000 of that being spent on fireworks product, with the majority for operational, safety and security costs.

In Brisbane, tens of thousands packed into South Bank to mark the start of 2019 with the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display and a soundtrack of the past year’s biggest music hits.

Adelaide ensured its status as a UNESCO City of Music was promoted with live music the highlight of the festivities ahead of two fireworks displays.

Midnight and family-friendly firework shows were held across the eastern seaboard from Hobart to Queensland’s Cape York to celebrate.


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