That’s how many people are watching across the globe as our city shines with an amazing pyrotechnics spectacular at the start of every year. There’s also 1.6 million people watching the two fireworks displays around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore, 2.3 million across Australia watching from home and more than one billion tuning in worldwide.
The NYE fireworks weigh 7 tonnes and are made up of around 11 shells, 100,000 pyrotechnic effects and 25,000 shooting comets. The Harbour of Light Parade features 52 boats and more than 3,000 boats navigate the harbour. The Bridge effect weighs 60 tonnes including 16km of rope light, 4km of electrical cable and 10,000 cable ties.
Sydney NYE contributes $156 million to the local Sydney economy and draws crowds of approximately 1.6 million.
Just over a billion people worldwide watch the fireworks on television or online. The celebrations are environmentally friendly too, they are carbon neutral thanks to Green power, Recycled water, Biodegradable firecracker cases, Carbon credits. 80% of all rubbish collected is recycled which all adds up to one very Happy New Year.