When we first booked our round trip tickets to Australia we planned our return trip after Christmas through Sydney, because if you're going to be in Australia for New Years, shouldn't you of course be under the Harbour Bridge?
We spent sometime beforehand planning our day. We wanted to pick a place where we could see, and also one where we didn't have to stand in place from early in the morning with the kids.
We decided on Milson's Point. It's on the backside of the bridge and we could see the opera house. It was also large, grassy and had all sorts of space still at 4:00 when we got there.
At about 6:00 the clouds came in and we had a quick shower. Just enough to rattle those that weren't in it for the long haul.
We came well prepared for our afternoon with a blanket to sit on, another one to cover up with later, snacks and games. The kids were awesome. After the showers some of the evening entertainment started to help pass the time with ariel acrobatics over the bridge and the fire tugs floating by.
But when it started to get dark and the lights came on, it was difficult not to get excited!
3 hours later with the day behind us, and the marathon of waiting over, it was time to stand up and get ready for the first of the worldwide celebrations ringing in 2014. In the last 30 minutes security opened the gates and let everyone waiting outside in to watch the show and suddenly our cosy little space we'd been camped out in was chock full of people hoping to get a glimpse of the show.
And then it was 3, 2, 1 - Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!
I do apologize, I was far to consumed by watching the fireworks to take any of my own pictures so I've borrowed a few from the Sydney NYE site. But I can honestly say that the show was awesome and all our planning worked out fantastic, we had an amazing vantage point and didn't miss a moment.