Millions of people across Australia have partied into the New Year, after fare welling 2016 beneath night skies set ablaze with colour by stunning fireworks displays.
More than 1 million people flocked to the shores of Sydney‘s harbour foreshore to celebrate the first moments of 2017 and watch the city’s famed fireworks displays, which paid tribute to some of the musical legends who died in 2016.
The early event, an eight-minute pyrotechnic display filled with flaming starbursts and firecrackers, saw purple fireworks rain down from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to honour the late artist Prince.
At midnight crowds were thrilled by a 12-minute display that lit up the iconic bridge and Opera House, and included Saturn, moon and star-shaped fireworks in what organisers said was a nod to David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity.
The two displays comprised an estimated seven tonnes of fireworks, including 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects — the biggest show the city has ever seen.
“The fireworks were absolutely beautiful today and tonight is just a good atmosphere and it has just blown my mind away,” said Mitchell McCallum, 10.
In addition to the crowd lining the foreshore, around 2,000 boats filled the harbour to get a water view of the spectacular.