Aussie Families Ring In New Year Early With First Round Of Fireworks
New firework designs including from a schoolgirl have lit up Sydney Harbour with families across eastern Australia treated to early New Year's Eve pyrotechnics.
Hundreds of thousands of people lined Sydney Harbour to watch the 9pm show with South Australian schoolgirl Dhrithi's blue and white design taking centre stage during the eight-minute display.
It also included pyrotechnics harnessing a new "wave effect" design to give gold palms coloured tips.
More than 8.5 tonnes of fireworks comprising more than 100,000 individual effects, 35,000 of them shooting comets, will be fired over the harbour by midnight.
Pre-midnight firework shows for families were held from Hobart to Queensland's Cape York as Australians prepared to ring in the new year.
Bursts of yellow, pink and green soared into the clear Melbourne sky as thousands of revellers packed into Yarra Park shouted "wows" throughout the five-minute show.
"I feel happy and excited when I see them. I like the colour and the pop," seven-year-old Viktoria Tavlas told AAP.
It is just a taste of the main event expected to span seven kilometres of the Victorian capital's skyline from the stroke of midnight with special effects to include flying dragons and spider shells.
Brisbane families watched as gold, blue and green fizzled and darted across the skyline as a soundtrack of 2018's hits played.
This year is the city's biggest NYE spectacular ever with 45,000 individual effects to be fired from barges and wharves on the Brisbane River.
Revellers across the country have been warned to behave and not spoil celebrations for others with police out in force.