About 1.6 million revelers crammed into every available space around Sydney to watch as Australia’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration early Thursday morning.
More than one billion people across the world watched the lighting of the Harbour Bridge cente-rpiece on television — a spectacular, multicoloured lightbulb that burst into life as the city’s 12-minute fireworks spectacular drew to a breathtaking crescendo.
Two giant super yachts were among the hundreds of boats that took to the Harbour, with many arriving days early to secure prime views.
Two aerobatic displays kept the huge crowds entertained before the three separate fireworks displays kicked off at 9pm, 10.40pm and midnight.
The night was worth a whopping $133 million to the state economy as local spending went through the roof and visitors poured into the city’s bars and hotels.
In what was believed to be a world first, specially created drones were used to beam live footage of the fireworks.