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Gruelling wait soaring temperatures watch Sydney’s fireworks reveal one man arrived on FRIDAY 

Spending up to three nights sleeping under the stars has paid off for the thousands of revellers who secured their dream spot for Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations.

More than one million people are expected to flock to positions around Sydney Harbour to see the multi-million dollar fireworks display light up the sky at midnight.

At Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – the most popular vantage point in the city – eager revellers began queuing up on Friday night, more than 72 hours before the fireworks are due to begin.

Daily Mail Australia spoke to five friends from Taiwan who were the first in line for Mrs Macquarie’s Chair have admitted their family think they are ‘mad’ for camping out for three days.

The group of five said they relied on a diet of crackers, water and Hungry Jacks ever since arriving late on Friday night. 

Five friends from Taiwan who were the first in line for Mrs Macquarie’s Chair have admitted their family think they are ‘mad’ for camping out for three days

‘We’re all so tired, but we’re so happy,’ Chih-Wez Lu said.

‘We all slept together in a tent. We packed food and water, and had a picnic rug for the day time.’

Having spent so much time securing their spot the group have a bevy of cameras at the ready to capture the moment the fireworks explode.

‘All the cameras are ours. We’re hoping to get some really good photos to remember it by.

‘We’re from Taiwan and Sydney’s fireworks are much, much better.

‘It’s something you have to do at least once, but our family still think we are mad!’ 

Spending up to three nights sleeping under the stars has paid off for the thousands of revellers who secured their dream spot for Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations

Spending up to three nights sleeping under the stars has paid off for the thousands of revellers who secured their dream spot for Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations

At Mrs Macquarie’s Chair - the most popular vantage point in the city - eager revellers began queuing up on Friday night

At Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – the most popular vantage point in the city – eager revellers began queuing up on Friday night

Laura Baggs, 23, (left), Amy Shaw, 24, (centre) and Natalie Ogden, 22, (right) from Britain, said they only arrived a few hours ago, before stumbling into the wrong queue

Laura Baggs, 23, (left), Amy Shaw, 24, (centre) and Natalie Ogden, 22, (right) from Britain, said they only arrived a few hours ago, before stumbling into the wrong queue

When the gates finally opened at 10am on New Year’s Eve a stampede of people raced into the Royal Botanic Gardens desperate to get the perfect position to welcome in 2019.

But three lucky British women who were among the first let through the gates told how they arrived only a few hours ago, before stumbling into the wrong queue.

‘When we turned up no one directed us and we just went to what we thought was the end of the queue,’ Amy Shaw told Daily Mail Australia.

‘My friend came here a few years ago and told us it was great.

‘We packed cold sausages, a whole bbq chicken, drinks and whatever we could into bags and came down at 8.30am this morning.

‘I had no idea people had been here for days. That is just mad!’ 

As revellers flocked to the waterfront to nab the best positions, a boat exploded in the Harbour at Birkenhead Point, polluting the air with a large plume of black smoke. 

A 34-year-old man sustained burns to about 30 per cent of his body from the blast, according to CareFlight’s team.

He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition. 

Spectators raced to secure a spot to view the fireworks during New Year's Eve celebrations

Spectators raced to secure a spot to view the fireworks during New Year’s Eve celebrations

Many people have chosen to battle the heat and set up a position early in the day to make sure they get a great view of the firework display

Many people have chosen to battle the heat and set up a position early in the day to make sure they get a great view of the firework display

Forecasters are predicting a warm and humid end to 2018.

In the Sydney CBD itself the Bureau of Meteorology favours a cloudy, humid Monday with temperatures similar to Sunday, reaching 30C.

There is the chance of a light shower in the early afternoon to evening for the city but it will hopefully clear in time for the fireworks.

There is also the slight chance of a thunderstorm over western Sydney, a Bureau spokesman said.

However those on the harbour will likely only see some lightning flashes and hear thunder as a worst case scenario.

Spectators arrived in droves hours before the festivities are set to kick off in an attempt to nab a prime position

Spectators arrived in droves hours before the festivities are set to kick off in an attempt to nab a prime position

People are seen setting up at Mrs Macquarie's Point in preparation for New Years Eve fireworks

People are seen setting up at Mrs Macquarie’s Point in preparation for New Years Eve fireworks

For most other areas of the state apart from the far northeast, a light shower or thunderstorm is forecast mainly during daylight hours but there shouldn’t be much rainfall as a result.

The upper western district including Bourke will be the hottest part of the state and will reach low to mid 40s.

The central west slopes and plains are forecast to climb into the mid 30s to low 40s.

The Hunter and western Sydney are also expected to reach the high 30s and the Riverina, low to mid 30s.

Further south, the Illawarra and ACT will mainly enjoy temperatures in the high 20s. 

When the gates finally opened at 10am on New Year’s Eve a stampede of people converged on the Royal Botanic Gardens desperate to get the perfect position to welcome in 2019

When the gates finally opened at 10am on New Year’s Eve a stampede of people converged on the Royal Botanic Gardens desperate to get the perfect position to welcome in 2019

Romain Revollon, who came from Paris for the fireworks display, was among the revellers who joined the queue long before gates opened.

While some organised groups slept out in tents or on blow up mattresses, the Frenchman said he was alone in the elements with just a towel.

‘I turned up on Saturday night with just a towel and my backpack,’ Mr Revollon said.

‘I can tell you it was a very short night – I think I got about three hours sleep – but that’s fine by me.

‘I can sleep tomorrow and I’m sure it will be worth it.’  

Romain Revollon (pictured), who came from Paris for the fireworks display, was among the revellers who joined the queue long before gates opened

Romain Revollon (pictured), who came from Paris for the fireworks display, was among the revellers who joined the queue long before gates opened

Spectators arrived in droves hours before the festivities are set to kick off in an attempt to nab a prime position

Spectators arrived in droves hours before the festivities are set to kick off in an attempt to nab a prime position

Some people have already secured their spot for the night on their boats, pulling into the harbour in preparation for the night

Some people have already secured their spot for the night on their boats, pulling into the harbour in preparation for the night

More than 25,000 people are expected to flock to positions around Sydney Harbour to see the multi-million dollar fireworks display light up the sky at midnight

More than 25,000 people are expected to flock to positions around Sydney Harbour to see the multi-million dollar fireworks display light up the sky at midnight

This year’s $5.78 million show will light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge with 8.5 tonnes of fireworks comprising more than 100,000 individual effects, 35,000 of them shooting comets.

A special display of pulsating gold, silver and purple pyrotechnics will light the sky to the tune of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman in tribute to queen of soul Aretha Franklin, who died in August.

More than a million revellers are expected to flock to the harbour city for the celebrations.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display promises to be like nothing else in the world with special effects including flying dragons swirling across the sky and spider shells weaving a web over the city.

From the ground to the tops of 22 buildings and spread over a seven-kilometre radius, 14 tonnes of fireworks worth $234,000 will be set off to welcome 2019.

Spectators raced to secure a spot to view the fireworks during New Year's Eve celebrations

Spectators raced to secure a spot to view the fireworks during New Year’s Eve celebrations

In Queensland more than 85,000 people are expected in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct to see the city skyline light up with fireworks from five barges on Brisbane River, played to a soundtrack of 2018’s hits.

The Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast will also have fireworks and entertainment.

In Perth, pyrotechnics, street performances and live music will be among the highlights with revellers also having access to free and frequent public transport after midnight.

In Adelaide, live music will be the highlight of celebrations as part of the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Music but there will also be the usual fireworks.

Hobart, Canberra and Darwin will launch waterfront fireworks displays at 9pm and on the stroke of midnight.

Revellers across the country have been warned to behave and not spoil celebrations for others with police out in force. 

Crowds of people line up at Mrs Macquarie's Chair hoping to secure a prime position for the festivities

Crowds of people line up at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair hoping to secure a prime position for the festivities

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