Australia said goodbye to 2021 and was welcomed into 2022 by celebrations all over the country, led by Sydney Harbour’s largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
While crowd numbers were significantly down on pre-pandemic NYE celebrations, tens of thousands were undeterred by rapidly rising Omicron case numbers and glammed up to enjoy the night after a year of restrictions and lockdowns.
Sydney’s organizers set out to stage the most spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration in history. They used six tonnes of fireworks, which is approximately 2000 fireworks per minute. This was for millions around the globe.
Revelators who accepted that Covid-19 was safer outdoors than inside were given light queues and the best viewing spots for the show.
Many of those who took up the best spots had come from interstate – particularly Melbourne – as Sydneysiders made the decision to stay closer to home.
The party also ramped up in Melbourne despite a heatwave after New Year celebrations were scrapped in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Melburnians, after the longest-running lockdown in history, were ready to have a good time.
Flagstaff Gardens was home to four zones: Alexandra Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Docklands, which hosted street parties, outdoor entertainment, live music, and street dining before midnight fireworks.
At the Sidney Myer Music Box, thousands poured into the Beyond the City Music Festival. There were acts such as Hayden James, Jaguar Jonze and Mallrat on the stages.
The Gold Coast saw optimistic Aussies say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022, hoping for a better year.
Also on the Gold Coast, millionaire OnlyFans star Jackson O’Doherty, 27, hosted the self-proclaimed ‘party of the year’ at his mansion which was attended by scantily-clad models, musicians and celebrities.
Out with the old… Australia has welcomed in 2022 spearheaded by Sydney staging the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display, a dazzling, technicolour extravaganza on the famous harbour
The world watches millions of people around the world tune in to the first major New Year festivities. 2022 was special because everyone felt the need to get past the despair and despair caused by the pandemic. These are Sydney’s fireworks at the Harbour 2021 that stunned the globe just seconds ago
After the revelry, a New Year’s Eve partygoer searches her way home along Sydney’s streets barefoot.
After a night out partying at Sydney’s Circular Quay, a glamorous reveller decided to ditch her heels.
After the Sydney Harbour fireworks display, partygoers were left feeling a bit worse than before and made their way back to their homes.
Three officers from Sydney police arrest a man at the New Year’s Eve party and place him on the ground amidst the huge crowd.
So long 2021! Australians only wanted to be able to wave goodbye to 2021 with a positive outlook and welcoming 2022.
Covid-19 made it obvious that the year was weighing down, with smaller crowds and masks. However, Aussies were still able to get out in large numbers to welcome 2022 all across Australia. These smiling revellers from Sydney are photographed
Sydney revellers wore all-white attire to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
It is easy to believe that Prince Charming will be there for you if you spend the night dragging your heels around in high heels. Pictured at Sydney’s Circular Quarter are New Year’s Eve revellers
Sydneysiders welcomed 2022 with open arms, and they were not wrong as the year 2021 wasn’t a great one.
Sydney will host the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the world, unaffected by concerns over Covid-19’s Omicron strain and rising numbers of cases. The CBD is home to revellers
Although Circular Quay was smaller than other venues, this did not mean that the crowds couldn’t see the famed celebrations.
Sydney’s fireworks display at 9 p.m. dazzled thousands.
Sydney’s famed fireworks spectacle captivated both the city and thousands of revellers, who ignored Covid doomsayers to head out for an evening of entertainment.
The smaller crowds that attended Sydney’s fireworks were able to secure prime spots for people who dedicated their time on a hot night.
Sydney was ready to host the largest fireworks display in the world on New Years Eve. It wasn’t deterred by concerns about the OmicronCovid-19 variant or the rapidly increasing number of cases
What is an Omicron, you ask? Sydney revellers come up close as the party begins beside the iconic harbour.
Sydney revellers, who are self conscious and anxious about their New Year’s Eve celebrations, were eager to record precious moments with close friends
Sydney had a spectacular day ahead of the much-anticipated fireworks display.
As the flu pandemic kept revellers from rioting, it was another subdued New Years’ Eve on Sydney Harbour. Friends (L to R) Tara Delaney, 28; Danni Moore, 29; Sarah Kimberlin was 28, and Sarah Kimberlin were flying in from Melbourne to watch the fireworks.
This is the best spot in the house At the Opera Bar, directly opposite to the Harbour Bridge. Queues form.
One million spectators used to gather at the water’s edge every year for the city’s famous fireworks display. But this year, the festivities were more casual. Omar Campos (33) and Diana Mosquera (32), their husband and wife, had a great time getting out of Sydney.
Melbourne celebrated the New Year in style with friends, laughter, and lots of hugging after an intense day.
St Kilda, Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebration was a success as many friends laughed and joked by the shore.
After a hot day of 38 degree heat, thousands of Melburnians witnessed a stunning fireworks display at the Yarra river.
Melbourne revellers seemed happy to be saying goodbye to 2021. In which they were subject to the longest lockdown in history, an extremely painful 262 days,
It’s true, 2021 is done… Friends share an intimate moment at St Kilda Melbourne on a night filled with serious drinking as they prepare to welcome 2022.
New Year’s Eve will be remembered by everyone. Couples especially love the tradition of the midnight kiss.
Melburnians look sexy to go out in 2022 and enjoy the most memorable night of the year together with friends.
After a long day of hot days, friends walk through St Kilda with their families after New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne.
It doesn’t matter if this was the year of hell. The Melburnians who were subject to the longest Covid lockdown in history, were eager to have a good time.
Melburnians threw 38 degrees heat into their ovens on New Year’s Eve. So it wasn’t surprising that they stayed at the shore and in the water to prepare for the countdown.
Young and old alike enjoyed Melbourne’s 9.30pm early fireworks. Pictured is a young girl celebrating with her mother
Melburnians were determined to remain hydrated after the heat of New Year’s Eve.
Melbourne divided its New Year’s Eve festivities into four areas. The celebratory spirit is captured at St Kilda by Revellers
Ready, set, go! Melburnians looked great and went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, even though it was one of the hottest days for many months
Shane Warne, a cricket legend (right), enjoys a drink break during a hot day in Melbourne with former Australian players Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds (in the blue hat).
Party spirit took hold in the early hours of the morning after an intensely hot New Year’s Eve celebration in Melbourne
It was a scorching hot day in Melbourne, so only the most passionate partygoers made it through the evening.
Melbournians were ready to have a good time despite the heat
The Beyond The City music festival will be held at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne on December 31st 2021. Revellers are expected to arrive in large numbers
Jaguar Jonze, a pop singer performs in front of the audience at Beyond The City at Sidney Myer Music Bowl (December 31, 2021) in Melbourne
As Melbourne prepares for the New Year, a glammed-up crew of girls is set to celebrate with the rest of the world.
Melbourne’s crowds gathered for the Beyond The City festival despite the high number of Covid infection cases in Victoria and elsewhere.
Gold Coast revellers lift their arms in the air when the clock strikes midnight and fireworks explode in the sky
One partygoer welcomes in the New Year with a climb up the Surfers Paradise sign at the Gold Coast.
Sparkle, Sparkle! After a difficult year, young partygoers are excited to welcome 2022.
Surfers Paradise is all smiles… Happy Aussies welcome 2022 to the Gold Coast, a day after an awful year
The mood was high for young Australians as the year of forgetting gave way to 2022, and celebrations started.
Surfer’s Paradise, on the Gold Coast was packed with Revellers who came dressed up for an amazing night of New Years Eve celebrations
Gold Coast welcomed the new year with Jackson Doherty’s 18+ white-themed “party of the Year”
A host of musicians, celebrities and models attended the white-themed 18+ event
YouTuber Jackson Doherty hosted the Gold Coast’s “party of year”
On the Gold Coast, YouTube star and millionaire Jackson O’Doherty (pictured, centre) hosted the self-proclaimed ‘party of the year’ for New Year’s Eve