NYE in Sydney

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As the (GMT+ 11hrs) clock ticks over from 11:59 to 12:00, Sydney will be one of the first capital cities to welcome in the 2011 New Year. And, with its beautiful Harbor fireworks and 30 degree temperatures, this event is set to be one of the most spectacular celebrations across the globe. Have you booked a ticket Down Under and got your Sydney backpackers hostel sorted? Here are some great ideas on how to celebrate NYE in sweet summer style…

Watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbor.
Although it may sound like a bit of a tourist trap, you simply cannot miss the spectacular firework display over Sydney Harbor. Then again, unless you’re a fan of being smothered by crowds, we suggest you steer clear of the Sydney Opera House steps and seek out a less jam-packed vantage point – Nielsen Park and Strickland House Lawns in Vaucluse are two great alternative options.

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Find yourself an after-party. While the famous fireworks show may finish by 12.30am, the party is only just getting started for many Sydney revellers. Why not book a NYE ticket at one of Sydney’s hottest bars or clubs? Check out the Homemade NYE Masquerade at Home Bar in Cockle Bay Wharf – the venue is set to be happening all night long with a pumping sound system, state of the art lighting, exotic circus acrobats, aerialists, burlesque dancers and an over-the-top ballroom décor…plus you only need to step outside for a great view of the fireworks display.

Spend New Year’s with the animals.
Looking for a unique New Year’s Eve experience? Why not celebrate with the animals at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo? Great for adults and kids alike, this special event comes complete with after-hours tours, live entertainment and incredible views, with all proceeds going to the Taronga Foundation. While tickets are fairly steep (starting from 165AUD for adults and 90AUD for the kids), it’s certainly an experience not to be missed.

Check out the Harbor of Light Parade. Thought the fireworks were the only visual highlight of Sydney’s NYE celebrations? Think again. Immediately after the first set of ‘Family Fireworks’ at 9pm, more than 50 illuminated boats (including tall ships, ferries, private vessels and Sydney’s Heritage Fleet) will begin on a rhythmic dance around Sydney Harbor. In one word: magical.

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Looking for a hostel in Sydney for New Year’s Eve? Check out the brand new Jackaroo Hostel in Kings Cross, which has special event dorm rooms on offer from 59AUD per night. Just make sure you don’t leave it too late. With the clock ticking, these rooms are getting snapped up quick smart.

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