Sydney celebrates New Year’s Eve in style with one of the largest, most technologically advanced fireworks displays in the world.

More than 1 million spectators view the celebrations along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. The event reaches a global audience of more than 1 billion.

The stunning Sydney Harbour and famous Sydney Harbour Bridge take centre stage for 2 spectacular firework displays: the family fireworks at 9pm, and the main event at midnight.

Over 5,000 hours go into preparing the fireworks displays, which include:

  • 7 tonnes of fireworks
  • 12,000 shells
  • 25,000 shooting comets
  • 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.

Eighteen shipping containers of equipment, weighing 120 tonnes, are needed for the fireworks displays.

Australia’s First People are recognised with a special bridge light show and harbour smoking ceremony as part of the Welcome to Country, which honours Sydney’s traditional custodians.

Sydney artist and paper engineer Benja Harney created the artwork for 2016 Sydney New Year’s Eve.

The handmade 3D model is the inspiration behind the lighting effect, fireworks colours and projections.

Taking more than 600 hours to make, the artwork transforms the famous city skyline into native flora and fauna including a waratah for the Sydney Opera House, a gumnut for Sydney Tower and piano keys, an ice cream cone and a thong representing the skyscraper landscape.

The timeless piece is now a part of the City’s permanent art collection.