New Years Eve fireworks Australia 2023: Sydney display breathtaking as city capitals light up – Daily Mail

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Australia has farewelled 2022 and thrown off the shackles of the Covid pandemic with massive celebrations to ring in the new year.
Millions of Aussies flocked to harbours, foreshores, riverbanks and beaches to savour the multi-million-dollar firework displays.
Sydney‘s world-famous harbour and bridge was lit up in a spectacular display, while the skies over Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide featured spellbinding firework shows.
But the night wasn’t without controversy, with the ABC’s coverage of the fireworks slammed as ‘woke’ and out-of-touch by some infuriated viewers, and over-zealous crowds causing a terrifying crush near Sydney’s Circular Quay. 
Revellers were out in force to make up for time lost in the last three years, as celebrations were dampened by the black summer bushfires in 2020 and the Covid pandemic the following two years.
Partygoers made their way into the nation’s CBDs in droves to ring in 2023 in style – with local and state government organisers putting on celebrations bigger and better than ever before.
Crowds in the nation’s focal point Sydney hit around the million mark, as thousands queued up well in advance earlier in the day to vie for a spot on the steps of the iconic Opera House.
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Australia welcomed 2023 in style with spectacular fireworks display on Sydney Harbour enjoyed by around one million Sydneysiders
Sydney’s world-famous harbour and bridge was lit up in a spectacular display, while the skies over Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide featured spellbinding firework shows 
On the Gold Coast police and patrons were in a celebratory mood, as masses flocked to celebratory locations to ring in the new year
Crowds in the nation’s focal point Sydney, hit around the million mark as people got together to celebrate the end of 2022
Revellers arrived in droves all glammed up and ready to celebrate the end off 2022 and welcome the new year
Celebrations kicked off early and went long into the night as Australia said goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023
In The Rocks crowds pushed through a gate with NSW Police and security almost powerless to do anything but let them through as people were being crushed
The swelling masses of people overran security as they steamed through the barricade
By Marta Jary for Daily Mail Australia
The ABC’s live New Year’s Eve coverage has been slammed by viewers who branded the show ‘woke‘ and ‘a disgrace’. 
The show included singer Casey Donovan covering 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) by Lizzo and a a segment on Indigenous artists Carmen Glynn-Braun and Dennis Golding, who created of this year’s 9pm Calling Country fireworks display. 
The pair centered the show around themes of land and sea, and also designed the projections on the Harbour Bridge pylons. 
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 Dami Im also took to the stage for a tribute to Olivia Newton-John who died this year, while duo Vika & Linda performed songs by The Seekers to honour the late Judith Durham, who passed away earlier in 2022. 
Drag Queen Courtney Act performed songs by Olivia Newton-John and the Divinyls. 
Not everyone watching was happy with the variety show on offer, with some sharing their anger on Twitter. 
‘What an absolutely boring 9pm display with absolutely boring, unknown ‘music’ and with what is supposed to be a celebration for all, being hijacked by a woke minority’, complained one viewer. 
‘What an absolute disgrace, a display of the exclusion of the majority’, they added. 
Another person wrote: ‘Looks like @ABCTV #SydneyNYE is trying to appeal to a younger audience this year but they don’t seem to understand young people don’t stay at home on #NYE watching the #ABC’.   
‘#SydneyNYE could they have missed the mark more with the kids fireworks music selection?’ someone else remarked.
Drag Queen Courtney Act (pictured) performed songs by Olivia Newton-John and the Divinyls

 
 
The Harbour City saw an Indigenous smoking ceremony at 7.30pm kick things off before the family-friendly fireworks display dazzled the nation.
In New South Wales’ capital, 13,000 fireworks totalling $7million lit up the sky from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and rooftops around the city.
In a nod to the upcoming World Pride festival taking place in Sydney in February, the progress pride flag colours were projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge at 11pm.
While in Melbourne’s CBD, crowds built up quickly with families and groups of friends flocking to parks for early fireworks, before an estimated 450,000 people continued on to see in the new year.
In what felt like Melbourne’s out of Covid party, revellers took advantage of life without masks with fireworks set off from a record 30 rooftops in celebrations costing around $4million.
Perth put on a show from start to finish with it’s first ever family-friendly show kicking off at 9pm before their traditional Swan River spectacular at midnight.
Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart celebrated with two fireworks displays, however, severe weather forced Darwin’s shows to be cancelled. 
On the Gold Coast, around 30 tonnes of fireworks brought vivid colours and patterns to the skyline’s at Coomera, Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta.
Festivities in Western Australia’s central Kimberley region and Menindee in far west NSW had their celebrations dampened as they were faced with rising floodwaters.
Crowds swelled throughout in front of the Bolte Bridge to take in the breathtaking lightshow in what felt like Melbourne’s out of Covid party
Masses of people turned out to watch the Melbourne midnight fireworks, gathering along the Princes Bridge
In Sydney’s The Rocks celebrations kicked off with many party-goers dancing throughout the night, with high hopes for the new year
The streets of The Rocks were jam packed with people clambering to get the best view of the fireworks
In Melbourne a large fireworks displays were set off at 9.30pm before the feature leaving crowds in awe at midnight, with around half a million people making their way into the CBD
Patrons dressed to the nines arrived early to secure the best vantage spot before the fireworks began in Melbourne
Life is too short not to have a good time: Stilt walkers join in on the celebrations at the Rocks in Sydney
At Cali Nightclub on the Gold Coast partygoers arrived in droves to ring in 2023 in style
The Gold Coast also lit up with about 30 tonnes of fireworks at Coomera, Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta
Thousands queued up throughout the afternoon in an to attempt to get onto the Sydney Opera House steps in search of the best seat in the house. Hundreds of thousands of people pitched their tents and settled in 
Confronting footage from Sydney shows hundreds of people on Argyle Street in the Rocks screaming out in distress as a large group makes their way through a barricade as helpless police and security watch on. 
Parents were even forced to hold young children above their heads fearing they would be trampled in the chaos. 
The near-disaster unfolded when swarms of revellers started pushing through guarded barriers into the ticketed section to get a better view of the fireworks just before midnight. 
Daily Mail Australia understands City of Sydney organisers will now rethink holding ticketed and non-ticketed events in adjacent areas on New Year’s Eve. 
‘It was really scary, very dangerous and I thought I was going to be badly injured,’ one man caught up in the harrowing scenes who did not wished to be named told Daily Mail Australia. 
‘People were trampling me, as I was on the ground with about a dozen other people and some were running over the top of me.
‘I lost my footing when I was pushed to the ground and landed on top of two others.’
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Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations have been marred by a terrifying crowd crush (pictured)
He added that the situation was particularly frightening given what happened two months earlier in Seoul, where 196 people where killed in a Halloween crowd crush.
Police and security guards can be seen in video shouting at the crowd in desperation to ‘move back’ but the hoards of people continue to pile in.
Eventually, NSW Police’s Public Order and Riot Squad was called in to get control of the situation.
It is not yet known if there were any injuries.
Police said that while there were ‘a few exceptions’, most people were well-behaved and enjoyed their celebrations safely and responsibly.
‘Several vantage points around the city were at capacity by late-afternoon, as over 200,000 revellers travelled into the city and foreshore areas ahead of the 9pm and midnight fireworks displays,’ a statement said.
‘Just before midnight, large crowds surged towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge resulting in significant police resources being deployed to the area for crowd management.
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