More than 10,000 revellers enjoyed Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display from Barangaroo Reserve on a perfect summer’s evening in an event that was judged a huge success.
Various areas were provided, including an alcohol-free zone, and an accessible viewing area, and in between the two big light shows, at 9pm and midnight, roving performers and a DJ kept the crowds entertained.
Event staff distributed wristbands to families with children so they could be easily identified if lost – but fortunately there were no reports of lost children or any other major incidents during the evening.
A small number of patrons with young families headed home after the 9pm fireworks, but overall attendance across the night was more than 10,000 people. Families made up 35% of ticket holders. International visitors, mainly from Argentina, Brazil, China, Britain, India, Ireland and the US, represented 25% of ticket holders.
Barangaroo Reserve is proud to be a very accessible location at all times, and on New Year’s Eve we aimed to make the event as easy as possible to enjoy for patrons with accessibility needs. Twenty patrons registered for accessibility and arrived with friends and families to take advantage of the area set aside for ease of access and prime viewing. There was very positive feedback from accessibility ticket holders about the arrangements, which included use of the Barangaroo car park.
Garbage bags were distributed during the evening to assist with keeping the event clean and comfortable for everyone. By 6am, on a sparkling Sydney New Year’s Day, our cleaning contractors had removed 53 cu m (4.1 tonnes) of rubbish, and the park had reopened for early-bird joggers, cyclists and visitors looking for somewhere to quietly contemplate the year ahead.