04/12/2017 03:47 PM
Getting ready for New Year’s Eve
Port Authority helps Sydney stage the biggest show of the year: the New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular
It’s one of the biggest parties in the world. Every New Year’s Eve, over one-and-a-half million people make their way to Sydney Harbour to watch one of the most incredible fireworks displays on earth.
And it’s not just the locals who get to see this spectacular sight. More than a billion people tune in on TV to see Sydney come alive with light.
But putting on a show this big doesn’t come easy. It takes 15 months in the making to plan for the 12 awe-inspiring minutes of the midnight display. And when you’re in one of the busiest harbours in the world in a city of four million — finding the space to put it all in place can be a challenge.
Every year, Port Authority of New South Wales opens its doors to the working port at Glebe Island to let the City of Sydney stage this most spectacular of shows.
Image: Sydney Harbour, New Year's Eve
Last year over seven tonnes of fireworks were used for New Year’s Eve – 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 other effects – and all these had to put together somewhere.
Around 12,000 square meters of the port are used to construct the rigs that launch the fireworks from the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while 310 meters of quay line are used to load and deploy the seven barges that shoot fireworks while moored in the harbour.
With around 2,000 other boats expected to fill Sydney Harbour for the event, Port Authority will have its emergency vessels and firefighting tugs ready to respond to emergencies and on standby to help ships stay safe throughout the night.