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New Year’s Eve Sydney: Revellers look worse for wear as they watch the sunrise at Bondi

New Year’s Eve revellers have continued the party into 2019 after a night of booze-swilling debauchery.  

Hundreds of partygoers remained on the streets of Sydney as the sun rose on Tuesday morning, with many struggling to make their way home without a helping hand.

Some were seen sitting on kerbs looking worse for wear, while others moved to Bondi Beach to sleep the long night off.  

Crowds of young women remained dressed to the nines on the famous sand. Some stripped off and hit the water for their first swim of 2019.  

New Year’s Eve revellers have continued the party into 2019 after a night of booze-swilling debauchery, with some moving to Bondi Beach to sleep the long night off

New Year's Eve partygoers are pictured hitting the water at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach for their first swim of 2019

New Year’s Eve partygoers are pictured hitting the water at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach for their first swim of 2019

Hundreds of revellers flocked to the famous Bondi sand early on Tuesday morning after a long night of partying 

Hundreds of revellers flocked to the famous Bondi sand early on Tuesday morning after a long night of partying 

Sealed with a kiss: Two people embrace on the sand at Bondi Beach following a night of booze-swilling debauchery

Sealed with a kiss: Two people embrace on the sand at Bondi Beach following a night of booze-swilling debauchery

Some revellers were more prepared for a day on the beach than others - with many bringing inflatable mattresses 

Some revellers were more prepared for a day on the beach than others – with many bringing inflatable mattresses 

Not everyone was ready to sleep, with large groups of youngsters continuing the party well into Tuesday 

Not everyone was ready to sleep, with large groups of youngsters continuing the party well into Tuesday 

Rain during the evening and delays across the public transport network – with police controlling access to train platforms to prevent overcrowding – did not dampen the mood. 

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Walton commended revellers for their behaviour during the celebrations, with 35 people arrested and charged with 43 offences. 

The majority of charges, 21, were drug-related. But six people were charged with affray, while another six were charged with offensive behaviour.

Four people were charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest, while two were charged with common assault. 

Some were seen sitting on kerbs on the streets of Sydney looking worse for wear in the early hours of Tuesday morning 

Some were seen sitting on kerbs on the streets of Sydney looking worse for wear in the early hours of Tuesday morning 

Two women are pictured in the heart of Sydney in the early hours of New Year's Day

Two women are pictured in the heart of Sydney in the early hours of New Year’s Day

A reveller is seen chatting with a group of New South Wales Police officers during the long night of celebrations 

A reveller is seen chatting with a group of New South Wales Police officers during the long night of celebrations 

Hundreds of partygoers remained on the streets of Sydney as the sun rose on Tuesday morning, with many struggling to make their way home without a helping hand

Hundreds of partygoers remained on the streets of Sydney as the sun rose on Tuesday morning, with many struggling to make their way home without a helping hand

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Walton commended revellers for their behaviour. A man is pictured taking a rest on the streets of Sydney

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Walton commended revellers for their behaviour. A man is pictured taking a rest on the streets of Sydney

A man and a woman are pictured in the heart of Sydney's Central Business District as celebrations came to a close 

A man and a woman are pictured in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District as celebrations came to a close 

Numerous couple’s were spotted putting on amorous displays after a long night of celebrations in the streets of Sydney 

A man is pictured on a Sydney street after bidding farewell to 2018 

A man is pictured on a Sydney street after bidding farewell to 2018 

Many revellers were aided by paramedics and New South Wales Police throughout the night's celebrations 

Many revellers were aided by paramedics and New South Wales Police throughout the night’s celebrations 

The remaining four charges were for a traffic offence, stealing offence, possessing a prohibited weapon, and unlawfully deploying fireworks. 

‘New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney are widely regarded as some of the best in the world, so it was great to see Sydneysiders living up to that reputation and acting responsibly,’ DC Walton said.

‘There were minimal reports of alcohol-related violence, which is a true reflection of how well-behaved the crowds were.’

In Brisbane, tens of thousands packed into South Bank to mark the start of 2019 with the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display and a soundtrack of the past year’s biggest music hits.

One group of young men were spotted relaxing curbside - while appearing to enjoy alcohol and fast food 

One group of young men were spotted relaxing curbside – while appearing to enjoy alcohol and fast food 

One couple appeared slightly worse for wear after a big night ringing in the New Year 

One couple appeared slightly worse for wear after a big night ringing in the New Year 

Crowds of young women were also dressed to the nines before a night laden with celebrations

Crowds of young women were also dressed to the nines before a night laden with celebrations

New Year's Eve has long had a reputation as one of the busiest nights of the year - and Monday night didn't disappoint  

New Year’s Eve has long had a reputation as one of the busiest nights of the year – and Monday night didn’t disappoint  

Despite the high spirits, New South Wales Police confirmed the force had not yet seen a spike in anti-social behaviour

Despite the high spirits, New South Wales Police confirmed the force had not yet seen a spike in anti-social behaviour

Adelaide ensured its status as a UNESCO City of Music was promoted with live music the highlight of the festivities ahead of two fireworks displays.

Midnight and family-friendly firework shows were held across the eastern seaboard from Hobart to Queensland’s Cape York to celebrate.

In the nation’s capital, Canberra, Civic Place was aptly the place to be as thousands of individual pyrotechnics were launched into the night sky. 

More than 350,000 revellers poured into Melbourne to see 14 tonnes of fireworks burst into the sky across a 10-minute display from the stroke of midnight.

Dazzling circles of fireworks to Saturn ring-shaped displays were among the crackling roar of effects to fire from 22 CBD buildings, which could be seen from all angles of the city. 

Large crowds took to the streets to join lively celebrations amid preparations by emergency services to tackle one of the busiest nights of the year 

Large crowds took to the streets to join lively celebrations amid preparations by emergency services to tackle one of the busiest nights of the year 

Sydney has become one of the first places in the world to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019

Sydney has become one of the first places in the world to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019

The harbour city ushered in the New Year with a dazzling fireworks display involving some 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects

The harbour city ushered in the New Year with a dazzling fireworks display involving some 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects

A kaleidoscope of colour lit up the night sky, with Sydney again showing why it is one of the best places to be in the world to ring in the New Year 

A kaleidoscope of colour lit up the night sky, with Sydney again showing why it is one of the best places to be in the world to ring in the New Year 

Ambulance Victoria attended 1089 calls for help from 6pm to 3am but only a few cases were of a serious nature. 

At 2am, Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said crowds at events across Victoria had generally heeded police advice to celebrate safely and responsibly.

‘All but a handful of the hundreds of thousands of Victorians enjoying New Year’s Eve festivities have behaved well,’ DC Patton said.

‘Police will continue working throughout the night to keep the Victorian community safe and are hopeful the positive behaviour will continue.’  

Bursts of colour were seen above Sydney, which was described as 'breathtaking' by City of Sydney, which put on the display

Bursts of colour were seen above Sydney, which was described as ‘breathtaking’ by City of Sydney, which put on the display

The fireworks display was watched by more than one million people who packed the harbour foreshore and a global audience of about one billion 

The fireworks display was watched by more than one million people who packed the harbour foreshore and a global audience of about one billion 

'Welcome to 2019 from Sydney! Here's to a new year filled with every joy and happiness,' City of Sydney posted on Twitter

‘Welcome to 2019 from Sydney! Here’s to a new year filled with every joy and happiness,’ City of Sydney posted on Twitter

Meanwhile, more than 8.5 tonnes of fireworks were set off over Sydney Harbour on Monday night, including 35,000 shooting comets and new designs that allowed gold palms to change colour mid-explosion.

Lime and peach were two unusual colours used while silver won out over gold for the famed waterfall effect off the bridge floor.

An estimated one million people watched from city streets, bars, backyards and crammed harbour vantage points, including at the Sydney Opera House and Kirribilli, for a glimpse of the pyrotechnics. 

The theme was inspired by the city’s diverse multicultural community. 

There were more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, 13,000 shells and 35,000 shooting comets as part of the fireworks display

There were more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects, 13,000 shells and 35,000 shooting comets as part of the fireworks display

There were eight pontoons parallel to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and four main barges from where the midnight fireworks launched

There were eight pontoons parallel to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and four main barges from where the midnight fireworks launched

There were eight pontoons parallel to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and four main barges from where the midnight fireworks launched. 

Fireworks erupted over the harbour, from the east to the west of the Harbour Bridge. 

Spherical fireworks inspired by Saturn and gold and silver firework cascades, in a tribute to Aretha Franklin, were part of the 12-minute-long display.  

But it was not just the fireworks which lit up the night sky – a stunning light show unfolded, with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several vessels on the harbour illuminated.

An estimated one billion people across the globe watched the spectacle unfold. 

'Sydney New Year's Eve is one of the largest and most technical fireworks displays in the world,' Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said

‘Sydney New Year’s Eve is one of the largest and most technical fireworks displays in the world,’ Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said

Fireworks erupted over Sydney Harbour, from the east to the west of the harbour bridge, and above the famous landmark

Fireworks erupted over Sydney Harbour, from the east to the west of the harbour bridge, and above the famous landmark

The colours of gold and purple featured prominently during the 12-minute long fireworks extravaganza 

The colours of gold and purple featured prominently during the 12-minute long fireworks extravaganza 

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the city’s fireworks spectacle was ‘world-class’.       

‘Sydney New Year’s Eve is one of the largest and most technical fireworks displays in the world,’ she said.

‘Under the direction of fireworks maestro, Fortunato Foti, our fireworks become more spectacular every year – with new colours and effects.

‘We also use a combination of lighting effects and fireworks manufactured from biodegradable paper, so that we use less power and minimise our environmental impact while putting on a world-class event for our Sydney community and visitors alike.’

The fireworks spectacle also involved 6,000 fireworks cues shot from 175 firing locations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The fireworks spectacle also involved 6,000 fireworks cues shot from 175 firing locations on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The theme for Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations was 'Pulse of Sydney', inspired by the city's diverse multicultural community

The theme for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations was ‘Pulse of Sydney’, inspired by the city’s diverse multicultural community

Fireworks were not the only spectacle on New Year's Eve - a stunning light show unfolded on Sydney's most famous landmarks

Fireworks were not the only spectacle on New Year’s Eve – a stunning light show unfolded on Sydney’s most famous landmarks

The waters of Sydney Harbour were at one stage turned a bright shade of pink as fireworks rained down on Australia's most populous city 

The waters of Sydney Harbour were at one stage turned a bright shade of pink as fireworks rained down on Australia’s most populous city 

'Under the direction of fireworks maestro, Fortunato Foti, our fireworks become more spectacular every year - with new colours and effects,' Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said

‘Under the direction of fireworks maestro, Fortunato Foti, our fireworks become more spectacular every year – with new colours and effects,’ Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said

As the clock struck midnight, fireworks erupted over Sydney Harbour, with a dazzling spectacle to usher in 2019

As the clock struck midnight, fireworks erupted over Sydney Harbour, with a dazzling spectacle to usher in 2019

The dazzling fireworks could be seen from a number of vantage points throughout the city, including here at McMahons Point on Sydney's lower north shore 

The dazzling fireworks could be seen from a number of vantage points throughout the city, including here at McMahons Point on Sydney’s lower north shore 

City of Sydney, which put on the celebrations, said the event was ‘breathtaking’. 

‘Welcome to 2019 from Sydney. Here’s to a new year filled with every joy and happiness,’ City of Sydney posted on Twitter. 

Earlier in the night, as the clock struck 9pm on Monday, Sydney’s traditional family-friendly fireworks spectacle turned the city’s gloomy skies into a glittering rainbow. 

Rain had drenched revellers who packed the harbour foreshore just before 7pm but cleared in time for the stunning display. 

The revellers were forced to put up umbrellas and clad themselves in rain ponchos as the CBD battled showers and thunder. 

A young girl watched on as the midnight fireworks erupted over Sydney, turning the night sky various shades, including pink

A young girl watched on as the midnight fireworks erupted over Sydney, turning the night sky various shades, including pink

The shades of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated with striking colours as a light show complemented the fireworks

The shades of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated with striking colours as a light show complemented the fireworks

Revellers who were at the Sydney Opera House were best placed to see the world-famous fireworks display

Revellers who were at the Sydney Opera House were best placed to see the world-famous fireworks display

Sydney’s train system was also thrown into chaos as hundreds of thousands of revellers headed into the city for New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

Major delays hit the T1 Western, Northern and North Shore lines and T2 Inner West and Leppington line from about 6.30pm on Monday. 

Services from the city were also impacted and some services on the T2 were cancelled.  

Revellers later spilled onto Sydney’s streets following the stunning fireworks display.

With the New Year barely hours old, crowds of revellers spilled onto Sydney's streets in the midst of  celebrations

With the New Year barely hours old, crowds of revellers spilled onto Sydney’s streets in the midst of celebrations

Sydney's CBD was packed with revellers who headed out to enjoy New Year's Eve celebrations

Sydney’s CBD was packed with revellers who headed out to enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations

Sydneysiders were in a celebratory mood as the city marked New Year's Eve with one of the world's most popular spectacles  

Sydneysiders were in a celebratory mood as the city marked New Year’s Eve with one of the world’s most popular spectacles  

On the city’s backstreets, partygoers continue to enjoy – and recover from – New Year’s celebrations. 

One group of young men were spotted relaxing curbside – while appearing to enjoy alcohol and fast food.

However, another partygoer appeared worse for wear as he was aided to a stretcher by waiting paramedics.

About 350,000 descended on Melbourne's CBD to witness the Victorian city's fireworks spectacle 

About 350,000 descended on Melbourne’s CBD to witness the Victorian city’s fireworks spectacle 

Fireworks were launched from the tops of 22 buildings in Melbourne's CBD as part of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations

Fireworks were launched from the tops of 22 buildings in Melbourne’s CBD as part of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

In Melbourne, about 350,000 people packed the city’s CBD to witness 14 tonnes of fireworks being set-off from the tops of 22 buildings.

The city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations had what was dubbed a ‘world-first’ – fireworks which were spread across a 7.5km radius throughout the city. 

 

Sydney's New Year's Eve family-friendly fireworks lit up the harbour city at 9pm as the countdown to 2019 got underway

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve family-friendly fireworks lit up the harbour city at 9pm as the countdown to 2019 got underway

More than one million people have packed the harbour foreshore the fireworks spectacle, with some revellers opting to watch the display from a boat on the harbour 

Revellers who had waited up to three days to catch a glimpse of Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations were treated to a stunning fireworks display at 9pm, ahead of the midnight fireworks  

Revellers who had waited up to three days to catch a glimpse of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were treated to a stunning fireworks display at 9pm, ahead of the midnight fireworks  

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was illuminated in dazzling colours as the family-friendly fireworks kicked-off New Year's Eve celebrations

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was illuminated in dazzling colours as the family-friendly fireworks kicked-off New Year’s Eve celebrations

The sky above the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge turned different shades as fireworks rained down on the harbour city

The city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations also included pop-up performers, food stalls and family entertainment. 

Like Sydney, Hobart boasted the biggest fireworks display the city had seen.

The Tasmanian city had a 10-minute-long fireworks spectacle, with a tonne of fireworks set-off, which was matched with music from the Taste of Tasmania festival.

Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and Perth will celebrate the New Year in the coming hours.   

The eight-minute-long extravaganza included peach and lime fireworks for the first time and a special design from a 12-year-old student who won a fireworks design competition

The eight-minute-long extravaganza included peach and lime fireworks for the first time and a special design from a 12-year-old student who won a fireworks design competition

'The family-friendly 9pm fireworks set the scene for a huge celebration. We can't wait to see what midnight brings,' City of Sydney posted on Twitter 

‘The family-friendly 9pm fireworks set the scene for a huge celebration. We can’t wait to see what midnight brings,’ City of Sydney posted on Twitter 

Crowds watched on in awe during the fireworks spectacle. Sydney has one of the world's most famous New Year's Eve celebrations

Crowds watched on in awe during the fireworks spectacle. Sydney has one of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations

Sydney's streets were packed as revellers began making the journey home after New Year's Eve celebrations

Sydney’s streets were packed as revellers began making the journey home after New Year’s Eve celebrations

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