Sydney’s reputation as the Fireworks Capital Of The World remains, after the city exceeded all expectations with a spectacular display of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Promises made by Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, that the 2012 fireworks would be bigger and better than ever before, did not disappoint.
Australian singer, Kylie Minogue, the NYE12 Creative Ambassador, did the honours of pressing the button to start the fireworks and ring in the 2013 year. Sydney’s Harbour Bridge was again the focal point of the fireworks display and I was fortunate to be a guest at the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party held at the Opera House where we had expansive views over the harbour and were directly opposite the Harbour Bridge. We could not have had a better view anywhere in Sydney.
The hours before midnight passed very quickly as we were entertained by singers and bands while enjoying the many varieties of canapés and drinks served throughout the evening.
The Parade of Lights with boats of all sizes festooned in coloured lights sailing around the harbour was a highlight of the evening, along with the 9 p.m. fireworks display, for those, especially with children, who did not wish to wait around until midnight.
My only disappointment of the evening was that we did not get to hear Kylie Minogue singing, but she did give a lovely speech. Sandra Tiltman.