Counting down to 2014, the best places to watch Australian fireworks

There are only a few weeks left till 2014; time to start making some New Year’s resolutions, career change plans, holiday plans, but first of all: celebrate New Year’s Eve. Some essential elements are, of course; champagne, friends, family, counting down the last seconds of 2013 and then … fireworks. If you want to see the best fireworks in Australia this year, where are the best places to go?

Here is a breakdown of your top options:

Sydney Fireworks

Sydney
With over 1.6 million spectators, Sydney is quite possibly the New Year’s Eve capital of the world. Bcause the new year starts 10 hours earlier in Sydney compared with most European major cities and even 15 hours before New York, the fireworks in Sydney are televised all over the world. So not justthe 1.6 million local spectators see the fireworks, over 1 billion watch it globally.

Every year Sydney creates a new theme for the fireworks. This year the theme is ‘Shine’. So pack your stuff and shine during New Years Eve to watch the 7 tonnes of fireworks sparkle and glow over Sydney’s night sky! But whatever you do, plan ahead – as 1.6 million is quite a large number, even for Sydney. Why not consider a campervan hire, when the crowd becomes a little too much for you, just drive away from the city and relax on  the first day of the New Year in NSW.

Opera Sydney NYE

Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia’s second most populous city and it’s a similar story on New Years Eve. The first fireworks are to be seen at 9.30 pm when Lord Mayor Doyle will set off the family fireworks at Yarra Park. Later on that evening the Mayor will also set off the fireworks over the city. With fireworks launching from the beautiful Melbourne skyline you can watch the fireworks from many vantage points around the city, just look up and enjoy. If you do want some entertainment during the show the best places to go are Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Docklands.

Surfers Paradise
One of the best party places in Australia during NYE will be Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Gather your friends and family together and watch the fireworks from the beach. The fireworks will be synchronised to the most popular music from 2013.

Brisbane
Then there’s Brisbane of course, the capital of Queensland. Not the number one place in Australia to watch NYE fireworks but still a great place for an unforgettable start to the New Year. To watch the fireworks the best places to go are South Bank and Eagle Street Pier, as all the fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Brisbane River. If you’re just looking for an amazing night – and probably a huge hangover the next day – Fortitude Valley is no doubt the place to go!

Perth
Known as the most geographically isolated major city in the world,Perth is not the first place that comes to mind when making plans for New Years Eve. And though the best fireworks in Perth are seen on Australia Day, it still offers a great place for a perfect start to the New Year. “The George” is known for its stunning New Years Eve parties.

Adelaide
Planning to be in South Australia during New Years Eve? Then Adelaide is the place to be. For the best fireworks go to Elder Park where Adelaide City Council offers a great free event. Here you can view the city’s best fireworks combined with a music concert and the New Year’s Eve Beer Garden.

Canberra
The New Years Eve in Canberra is probably one of the best places in Australia to welcome in 2014 with your family. The non-alcohol and no-glass concert in Civic Square displays a spectacular firework show at 9pm and again at midnight while there are a number of national headline acts playing supported by local artists.

Hobart
Yes, even in Tasmania there’s a firework show to start the New Year, and a good one too! Superb festivals, many exhibitions and a number of exciting shows can be found, most of them on the Pier at the Hobart Function Centre. So come to Tasmania, Australian largest island and have an awesome New Years Eve celebration!

Darwin
Last but certainly not least in this list is Darwin. Find a spot with a view at Darwin’s Waterfront and enjoy the Darwin city fireworks.  The family fun starts here early at 5.30pm and the fireworks will be launched at 9pm. This all will be supported with a free outdoor concert at a sensational location.

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