Revellers are gathering across Australia for New Year’s Eve celebrations, with some in Sydney queuing for three days to gain the best vantage point for harbourside fireworks.

Celebrations are kicking off around the country ahead of spectacular fireworks shows tonight.

For those staying in, you can also follow the ABC’s exclusive broadcast of the Sydney Harbour fireworks on ABC TV and iview from 8.30pm (AEDT).

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People waiting in line to gain entry to Mrs Macquaries Point this morning.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Crowds have crammed onto the steps of the Sydney Opera House ahead of tonight’s firework celebrations.

The City of Sydney confirmed the Opera House was at capacity this afternoon, along with other spots along the 6 kilometre foreshore.

The Botanic Gardens, the Domain and Campbells Cove are also full.

Partygoers have been camping out for days to get the best vantage spot.

At Mrs Macquaries Point, the earliest group arrived three days ago to claim the best chance at a great viewing spot.

One member of the group, who travelled from Melbourne, said it was worth the trip.

“It’s a cold day. Yeah it’s hard, but it’s very exciting,” they said.

People set up tents overnight to stay dry as they line up for the best fireworks vantage point.(ABC News: Alison Xiao)

Another group from Melbourne said they came to Sydney especially for the fireworks.

“We heard they are some of the best in the world so we went all the way here just for the fireworks,” they said.

Others have come from all over the world, including Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and China.

Gates opened an hour early at Mrs Macquaries Point, with people sprinting from the security gate to get a spot on the harbour.(ABC News: Alison Xiao)

Friends who used to study together have reunited in Sydney to queue at 3am after travelling from Germany and the Netherlands.

They said they were “a little excited, very tired” but “pretty hyped”.

“It’s just a nice environment to be in, everyone’s very happy,” one said.

Fireworks preparations are underway for Sydney’s fireworks display.(City of Sydney via AAP)

Rain hasn’t dampened the mood, but many who waited overnight have set up tents and tarpaulins to stay dry.

The gates were opened an hour early, with those who had waited sprinting in to gain a premium spot on the harbour.

Boat owners have staked out their spots in prime position near the bridge.(ABC News: Xanthe Gregory)

Kayhan Sumaktas owns a food truck that has set up shop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

It’s not his first time catering to New Year partygoers.

“I expect a lot of drunk British staggering their way through here and a lot of happy people a lot of people are going to come through here tonight,” Mr Sumaktas said.

“It will start off slow, but…. It’s fantastic.

“The atmosphere is electric, oh my god. It’s so small but everyone is alive it’s beautiful.”

British tourists Ben Upton and Naeve Oakman have been camping out from 7am.

Naeve Oakman (second from left) and Ben Upton (third from left) camped out with their friends from 7am.(ABC News: Xanthe Gregory)

The pair brought food, games and a paint set to keep them occupied while they wait for the show to start.

“This is our first New Years in Sydney,” Ms Oakman said.

“We usually see it on the TV back home, it’s surreal being here,” Mr Upton said.

Crowds continue to grow at Sydney Harbour ahead of the New Year’s fireworks.(ABC News: Xanthe Gregory)

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said about a million people were expected to see the fireworks from around the foreshore, with about 425 million watching around the world.

“They eyes of the world will be watching Sydney as we optimistically bring in the new year with our iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks,” Ms Moore said.

Simone and her son Aiden Read with his assistant dog, Charlie.(ABC News: Xanthe Gregory)


In Melbourne, New Year’s Eve enthusiasts were setting up picnics on the banks of the Yarra River as early as midday.

In Melbourne people were setting up on the banks of the Yarra River as early as midday.(ABC News: Zilla Gordon)

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to cheer in 2024 in the city’s CBD tonight.

There will be two fireworks celebrations — one at 9:30pm AEDT and an eight-minute display at midnight.


In Perth, organisers are preparing for crowds to flock to a free fireworks display at Elizabeth Quay, with entry from 5pm.

The fireworks there will begin at 8pm.

Perth’s Elizabeth Quay will have fireworks at the family friendly time slot of 8pm.(ABC News: David Weber)

There will also be the traditional midnight rooftop fireworks display in Perth and Northbridge, as well as other displays across Perth’s suburbs and throughout the state.

There is also is the chance that one of the best tennis players of all time could be in action as the clock strikes midnight.

There is a chance Novak Djokovic could ring in the New Year swatting forehands at Perth Arena.( ABC News: David Weber )

Novak Djokovic’s Team Serbia are in action at the United Cup in Perth, playing Team China this evening, and there is no guarantee the tie will finish in 2023.

With Djokovic on the schedule to play in the doubles, the 36-year-old may be in action at Perth Arena as the fireworks begin to ring out across the city.


It’s been a busy few days on the Hobart waterfront with the Sydney to Hobart yacht race — and those crowds are only expected to increase as locals prepare to bring in the new year.

For the 25th year, fireworks will be on show from two barges on the River Derwent, with two nine-minute displays set for 9:30pm and midnight.

The best viewing spots are expected to be from the Regatta Grounds, Parliament House lawns, the Taste of Summer food festival and Princes Park, but the spectacle will also be visible from Hobart’s eastern shore.

Back on the waterfront, an accessible viewing area will also be set up beside Brooke Street Pier.

Will Tran and Mimi Doan enjoy some food at Taste of Tasmania festival on New Year’s Eve in Hobart.(ABC News: Jordan Young)

The council has recommended those hoping to nab a spot there should arrive at least 30 minutes before the fireworks, as capacity is limited.

Hobart City Council Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said it was always an exciting time to be in the city, with this year’s fireworks set to be “a great show”.

She said this year the council had put particular focus on improving the accessibility of the event, and increasing the amount of space people have to move around.

“We’ve got more spaces for people to gather, we’ve got more seating on the waterfront — so we’re really encouraging everyone and anyone who is keen to see in the new year to come down to the waterfront,” Cr Reynolds said.

The roads around the waterfront will be closed to vehicles, and the number of public toilets, bins, security and safety angels has also been increased.

Rob Cumine and children Faith Cumine and Alia Cumine at Taste of Tasmania festival in Hobart on New Year’s Eve 2023.(ABC News: Jordan Young)

There is free parking at the Regatta Grounds, and from 6pm bus fares will only be $2 — but it’s cash only, so bring your coins.

At Princes Wharf No.1, a crowd of roughly 5,000 people will be enjoying the food and live entertainment at this year’s Taste of Summer festival, with Jon Stevens from Noiseworks the headline act.

Taste chief executive officer Stephen McMullen said tonight was always a highlight of the festival.

“It’s a big site, a lot of different experiences and the forecast is going to be amazing,” Mr McMullen said.

“We’re in the middle of the action, and if you’re a patron here, you’ve got the best seat in the house.”

Over in Launceston, in the north of the state, organisers of the annual New Year’s event BeerFest are expecting a crowd of about 10,000 people to head along — with plenty of food, drinks and music to keep people entertained.

Fireworks are also happening in Devonport, while the Burnie City Council has instead opted for a drone sky show for the first time.

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