After wild celebrations that welcomed in 2022, Australians awoke to the first day of 2022. They were a bit sore from nursing and a little swollen. 

Tens to thousands of revellers weren’t deterred by the rapid rise in Omicron case counts as they held wild celebrations all across the country, with the largest crowds gathering in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.   

Sydney’s organizers wanted to stage the most spectacular NYE celebration in history. They used six tonnes of fireworks and 2,000 individual fireworks for the night-long event that was watched over by millions around the world. 

The celebration continued well into the night with Revellers continuing the party, while revellers waited for the sunrise. Partygoers moved slowly to Bondi Beach in order to enjoy the view. 

Others suffered more from the wild revelries, with many people falling asleep on the sand after the dawn broke.

Other people enjoyed quiet beverages and cigarettes while one couple set up a picnic with fresh strawberries and champagne.  

Revellers pose for a group photo on Bondi Beach, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, as they welcomed the first day of the new year

Revelators pose in a group photograph on Bondi Beach (in Sydney’s eastern suburbs) as they greet the beginning of the new year 

A couple enjoy wine and cigarettes while relaxing on Bondi Beach on Saturday morning following a night of wild celebrations

After a wild night, a couple relaxes on Bondi Beach with wine and cigarettes.

Wild night out: tired revellers sleep off a night of intense celebrations as thousands gathered across the country to welcome in the new year

Night out wild: Tired revellers rest after a long night of celebrations, as thousands gather across the nation to welcome the New Year. 

Group of friends in fluorescent outfits decide to mark the first day of the new year with a dip in the surf

A group of fluorescent-clad friends decides to celebrate the start of the New Year with a swim in the ocean.

A couple embrace on Bondi Beach as they watch the sun rise over the horizon on the first day of 2022

Bondi Beach couple; they are embracing as the sun rises over the horizon.

Taking it easy: partygoers watch in silence as the new day dawns following a night of raucous celebrations in Sydney

Partygoers take it easy after a wild night in Sydney

Group of friends wind down celebrations on Bondi Beach with one choosing a unique outfit combination: a tutu and long sleeved shirt

Bondi Beach party ends with a group of friends finishing the night in a special outfit: one chooses a long-sleeved and a tutu combination.

Some privacy please: reveller sets up a small tent on the sand before passing out following a night of wild celebrations

A reveller puts up a tiny tent on the sand after a night of wild celebrations.

A tired-looking group of of friends kick back and enjoy a quiet morning with drinks at Bondi Beach on the first day of the new year

The first day in the New Year is a tired looking group of friends who relax and have a relaxing morning at Bondi Beach with their drinks.

Group of friends pass the bottle around as they took their New Years celebrations to Bondi Beach on Saturday

As they went to Bondi Beach for their New Year celebrations, a group of friends passed the bottle among themselves.

A group of friends decided that a morning swim was the best way for the year to start. The revellers enjoyed a few beers and jumped in the ocean. 

Revellers who accepted the advice that they were far safer from Covid-19 outdoors than indoors were rewarded with light queues and prime viewing positions for the spectacular 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 finally felt free to dance after enduring one of the most prolonged lockdowns in human history. 

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.

Leave no man behind: Reveller carries her friend during a night of wild celebrations at Surfers Paradise in Queensland

Reveller is accompanied by her friend at a wild night of celebrations at Surfers Paradise.

New Years kiss: revellers share a kiss during New Years celebrations at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne

New Years Kiss: A couple shares a kiss at St Kilda Beach’s New Years Celebrations in Melbourne 

Midnight feed: Partygoers grab Hungry Jacks to satisfy that midnight food craving after a night of celebrations at Surfers Paradise

After a long night at Surfers Paradise, partygoers will want to satisfy their midnight hunger with a Hungry Jacks.

Couple kiss as they joined thousands of revellers to welcome in the new year at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne

Couples kissed as thousands of revellers gathered at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne to welcome the New Year.

The Beyond the City festival was attended by thousands. Acts like Hayden James and Jaguar Jonze as well as Lime Cordiale and Ball Park Music took to the Sidney Myer Music bowl stage. 

An optimist Australian couple, the Gold Coasters, said goodbye to 2021 at the Gold Coast and welcomed 2022 with the hope of a brighter future.

On the Gold Coast also, Jackson O’Doherty (millionaire OnlyFans) hosted the party of the year at his home, which was attended also 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

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

Millions around the globe tune in for the world's first major New Year celebrations - and 2022 felt special with a universal desire to move on from the gloom of the pandemic. Pictured are Sydney's 2021 fireworks on the harbour, which dazzled the world only moments ago

Worldwide, millions tune in to witness the New Year’s celebrations. The 2022 festivities felt unique with an overwhelming desire to escape the darkness of the pandemic. The fireworks display at Sydney Harbour in 2021, that dazzled the entire world just moments ago.

A glamorous New Year's Eve partygoer strolls through Sydney's streets bare foot as she finds her way home after the wild celebrations

After the revelry, a New Year’s Eve partygoer sees Sydney streets barefoot and walks along them to her home. 

A glamourous reveller ditched her high heel shoes after a long night of partying in Sydney's Circular Quay

After a night out partying at Sydney’s Circular Quay, a glamorous reveller decided to ditch her heels.

Partygoers who were a little worse for wear made their way home after the fireworks extravaganza on Sydney Harbour

Partygoers, who looked a lot worse after the Sydney Harbour fireworks show, made it home.

Three police officers arrest a man during New Year's Eve celebration in Sydney, holding him on the ground in the midst of the large crowd

Three officers arrested a man in Sydney during the New Year’s Eve festivities. They placed him on the ground despite the huge crowd.

So long 2021! Australians were only too happy to say goodbye to a tough 2021 and welcome in 2022 with the best kind of virus - a shared party spirit and sense of fun on the last night of the year

So long 2021! Australians are only too glad to bid farewell to 2021, and to welcome 2022 with the best virus: a shared spirit of celebration and a sense of humor on the final night.

The signs of a year weighed down by Covid-19 were obvious with masks and smaller crowds than in the past, but Aussies still got out in numbers to welcome in 2022 across the country. Smiling Sydney revellers are pictured

Covid-19 made it obvious that the year was weighing down, with smaller crowds than usual 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

All white on the night: Sydney revellers dressed to stay cool in the city on New Year's Eve on a night of partying

Sydney revellers wore all-white attire to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

A night spent tottering on high heels is enough to convince anyone that Prince Charming is there to help out. New Year's Eve revellers are pictured at Sydney's Circular Quay

It is easy to believe that Prince Charming will be there for you if you spend the night teetering around in heels. Pictured at Sydney’s Circular Quarter are New Year’s Eve revellers

Sydneysiders were in a mood to welcome in 2022 and who could blame them as 2021 didn't produce much to celebrate

Sydneysiders welcomed 2022 with open arms, and they were not wrong as the year 2021 wasn’t a great one.

Sydney is preparing to host the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza, undeterred by fears over the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and rapidly rising case numbers. Revellers are pictured in the CBD

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. In the CBD, you can see revellers.

The crowds were smaller at Circular Quay but that just meant a better view of the world-famous festivities for those who werent daunted by the Covid doomsayers

Although Circular Quay had fewer people, it meant that there was a greater view of the famous festivities.

Sydney's 9pm fireworks display dazzled thousands of revellers who ignored Covid doomsayers and lined the harbour on New Year's Eve

Sydney’s fireworks show at 9 p.m. dazzled thousands.

The spectacle of Sydney's famous fireworks display captivated the city and the thousands of revellers who ignored Covid doomsayers and headed out for a night of fun

Sydney’s fireworks show captured the attention of the entire city. Thousands of people went out to enjoy the spectacle.

Smaller crowds at Sydney's fireworks meant prime positions for those who made the effort on a warm night

For those brave enough to go out on a hot night, the Sydney fireworks had fewer people.

Sydney was preparing to host the world's biggest fireworks extravaganza on New Year's Eve, undeterred by fears over the Omicron Covid-19 variant and rapidly rising case numbers

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's an Omicron? Sydney revellers get up close and personal as the party starts beside the world-famous harbour

What is an Omicron, you ask? Sydney revellers come up close as the party begins beside the iconic harbour.

Self-conscious Sydney revellers were keen to capture precious moments with friends on New Year's Eve

Sydney revelers were eager to record precious moments with friends during New Year’s Eve because they felt self-conscious

Sydney turned on a stunning day to go with its centrepiece, the gorgeous harbour ahead of its much-anticipated fireworks displays

Sydney was stunning on this day, with the beautiful harbour as its centerpiece.

It was a second subdued New Year's Even on Sydney Harbour as the pandemic kept usually boisterous revellers away in droves. Friends (L-R) Danni Moore, 29, Tara Delaney, 28, and Sarah Kimberlin, had flown up from Melbourne for the fireworks

As the flu pandemic kept revellers from rioting, it was another subdued New Years’ Eve on Sydney Harbour. Friends (L-R), Tara Delaney, 27, and Sarah Kimberlin had flown from Melbourne to watch the fireworks.

The best seat in the house! Queues start to form at the Opera Bar directly opposite the Harbour Bridge

It’s the most comfortable seat in all of house! At the Opera Bar, directly opposite to the Harbour Bridge. Queues form.

Where once a million spectators would gather around the water's edge to see the city's world-famous fireworks display, this year's celebrations were low-key. Husband and wife Diana Mosquera, 32, and Omar Campos, 33, enjoyed getting out of their Sydney home

One million people used to gather at the water’s edge every year for the world-famous fireworks display. But this year, the crowds are much smaller. Omar Campos (33) and Diana Mosquera (32), their husband and wife, had a great time getting out of Sydney.


Melbourne celebrated the New Year with fun, friendship and hugs after a day of soaring temperatures

After a day of record-breaking temperatures, Melbourne welcomed the New Year with laughter and friendship.

The mood was celebratory at St Kilda in Melbourne on New Year's Eve as friends laughed and joked beside the beach

St Kilda, Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebration was a success as many friends laughed and joked by the shore.

Thousands of Melburnians watched a spectacular fireworks display on the Yarra River a after a scorching day that reached 38 degrees

After a hot day of 38 degree heat, thousands of Melburnians witnessed a stunning fireworks display at the Yarra river. 

Melbourne revellers looked delighted to say goodbye to 2021, in which they endured the world's longest lockdown, an epically awful 262 days

Melbourne revellers were happy to bid farewell to 2021. They had endured an incredibly painful 262 day lockdown.

Yes, 2021 really is over... friends share a deep moment on a night of serious partying at St Kilda in Melbourne as they prepared to welcome in 2022

As they get ready to welcome in the 2022 year, friends have a moment of reflection after a long night at St Kilda.

New Year's Eve is a memorable time for everyone, especially couples

The midnight kiss is an Aussie tradition that was repeated across the country again

New Year’s Eve can be a special time, particularly for couples. The traditional midnight kiss is still a popular tradition across the country.

Over Covid: Melburnians glammed up to get out and and see in 2022, enjoying the biggest night of the year with friends

The Over Covid Party: Melburnians get ready to see the world in 2022. They are enjoying the largest night with their friends.

Friends walk through St Kilda after celebrating New Year's Eve in Melbourne after a hot day

After a long day of hot days, friends walk through St Kilda with their families after New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne. 

Who cares if it's been the year from hell? Melburnians, who endured the world's longest Covid lockdown were ready to party

What does it matter that this year was the worst ever? The Melburnians who were subject to the longest Covid lockdown in history, were eager to have a good time. 

Melburnians cooked in 38 degree heat on New Year's Eve so it was little surprise many stayed close to the beach and the water as they prepared for the midnight countdown

Melburnians ate in 38-degree heat New Year’s Eve. It was no surprise that many stayed near the ocean and beach as they prepared to count down the hours.

Melbourne's early fireworks at 9.30pm delighted young and old. A young girl is pictured celebrating with her mother

Children and adults alike were delighted by Melbourne’s first fireworks display at 9.30pm. Photo of a little girl with her mom celebrating the occasion

Melburnians were keen to stay hydrated after scorching temperatures on New Year's Eve

Melburnians wanted water after the heat of New Year’s Eve.

Melbourne split its New Year's Eve celebrations into four zones. Revellers are pictured getting into the celebratory spirit at St Kilda

Melbourne divided its New Year’s Eve festivities into four areas. Pictured: Revellers get into the spirit of St Kilda’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

Ready, set, go! Melburnians glammed up and got out in force to celebrate New Year's Eve although it was the hottest day for months

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

Cricket legend Shane Warne (right) enjoys a drinks break on a hot day with fellow former Australian players Michael Hussey (left) and Andrew Symonds (in blue hat) on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Shane Warne, a cricket legend (left), enjoys a drink break during a hot day in Melbourne with former Australian players Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds (in the blue hat).

The party spirit got to a few early on in the night after a searing hot day on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

After a hot New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, the party spirit was high in those who were able to dance early in the evening.

A blistering hot day in Melbourne meant only the most committed partygoers lasted into the evening

Only the most dedicated partygoers could last the night in Melbourne’s scorching heat.

Melbournians were in the mood to party all day despite the heat

Melbournians were up for any challenge, despite the scorching heat.

Revellers arrive en masse for the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne

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

Pop singer Jaguar Jonze (pictured) performs to the crowd at the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne

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

A glammed up crew of girls gets set for a wild night of celebrations in Melbourne as the city prepares to welcome the new year

As Melbourne prepares for the New Year, a glammed-up crew of girls is set to celebrate with the rest of the world.

Melbourne crowds lined up for a night of celebrations at the Beyond The City music festival, despite soaring Covid infections across Victoria and the rest of Australia

Melbourne people crowded into Beyond The City to celebrate despite rising Covid infected across Victoria and Australia.


Gold Coast revellers raise their hands in the air as the clock strikes midnight on the Gold Coast and fireworks erupt in the sky

Gold Coast revellers wave their hands as midnight strikes on the Gold Coast, and fireworks shoot into the night sky

A partygoers welcomes the new year by climbing the famous Surfers Paradise sign on the Gold Coast

One partygoer welcomes in the new year on the Gold Coast by climbing the Surfers Paradise sign

Sparkle, Sparkle! Young partygoers wave sparklers as they welcome 2022 following a tough year marred by Covid

Sparkle, Sparkle! After a difficult year, young partygoers are excited to welcome 2022.

All smiles at Surfers Paradise... Optimistic Aussies celebrate the arrival of 2022 on the Gold Coast after a year to forget

Surfers Paradise has a happy face… The Gold Coast’s arrival of 2022 is celebrated by optimist Aussies after a year. 

Young Australians were in the moody to party as a year to forget gave way to 2022 and the celebrations began

As the year ended, young Australians became moody and began to celebrate.

Revellers came dressed for an unforgettable night of New Year's Eve partying at Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast

Surfer’s Paradise, on the Gold Coast was packed with Revellers who came dressed up for an amazing night of New Years Eve celebrations 

The Gold Coast saw in the New Year with the Jackson Doherty's 18+ white-themed 'party of the year'

Gold Coast welcomed the new year with Jackson Doherty’s 18+ white-themed “party of the Year”

The white-themed 18+ event was attended by a bevvy of models, musicians and celebrities

A host of musicians, celebrities and models attended the white-themed 18+ event

The Gold Coast's 'party of the year' was hosted by YouTube star Jackson Doherty

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

YouTube millionaire and YouTube YouTuber Jackson O’Doherty, (pictured centre), hosted the self-proclaimed “party of the Year” for New Years Eve on the Gold Coast.