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New Year’s Eve 2011 Fireworks in Sydney

December 31, 2011



New Year’s Eve 2011, Sydney Harbour includes pre-show entertainment, Family Fireworks, Harbour Light Parade and the Midnight Fireworks and Bridge Effect.

  • Saturday 31 December 2011 - 6pm

Pre-show entertainment 6.00pm

Aerial Show

New Years Eve 2011 kicks off with a ‘theatre in the sky’ -  spectacular aerial flyovers above Sydney Harbour to signal the start of Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.


The flyovers, performed by pilot Matt Hall, a former RAAF Fighter Combat (Top Gun) Instructor will commence at 6pm. At 7pm, the Ted Noffs fire tug will arrive and blast tonnes of water into the skies, creating its own dream rainbow in the setting sun.  Then Matt Hall flies back at 8.00pm to do an aerobatic stunt that hasn’t been done in 70 years. A WOW event not to be missed!


Family Fireworks – 9.00pm

Fireworks display designed and choreographed specifically for children.  This eight minute fireworks display will delight and dazzle audiences as the night sky fills with colour. The fireworks performance  will be accompanied by a music soundtrack which features chart hits from 2011 including songs by Rhianna, JLo, Wes Carr and Jessica Maubuoy that will entertain the whole family. The main Sydney fireworks will commence at midnight.


Harbour Light Parade – Following the Family Fireworks

The 9pm Family Fireworks will be followed by a flotilla of vessels switching on their lights to begin a spectacular parade around Sydney Harbour. Harbour of Light Parade features specially lit sailing vessels illuminated to represent the 2011 Sydney New Year’s Eve theme – Time to Dream. The Parade will include tall ships, Sydney’s Heritage Fleet, commercial charter vessels and Sydney Ferries.


Midnight Fireworks and Bridge Effect – 12.00am

At the stroke of midnight, we celebrate the start of a new year! Sydney does this in style by lighting up the night sky with a spectacular Fireworks Display launched from seven barges on the Harbour, the rooftops of seven city skyscrapers and, unforgettably, from Sydney Harbour Bridge. Bringing more than 1.5 million people to the Harbour, this majestic 12-minute Fireworks Display is the reason why Sydney is the New Years Eve capital of the world.

Where to watch the fireworks



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