Australia Welcomes 2020 With A Bang

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Australia's largest capital cities to celebrate New Year's Eve and ring in 2020, with the country's ongoing bushfire crisis not far from their minds.


One of Sydney's most controversial New Year's Eve fireworks displays went off without a hitch.

Light and colour exploded over the heads of adoring crowds lining the city's harbour as Aboriginal electronic duo Electric Fields -- using Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and English - led off an all-Australian playlist.

Thousands of people flocked to the suburb of North Sydney.. Image: Getty
People wore glow in the dark costumes while waiting at Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Image: Getty
Tourists pose for a photo as crowds gathered at the popular Mrs Macquarie's Chair vantage spot. Image: Getty

Comets, mines, and crossettes reflected off the waters from high above as Kate Miller-Heidke's Zero Gravity followed Tones and I's monster hit Dance Monkey.

Almost $1 million was raised for communities struggling with bushfires and drought.

Fireworks light up the sky above Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks display. Image: Getty
Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW celebrate the New Year at the Sydney Opera House. Image: Getty

"We're proud to harness the power of Sydney New Year's to support people affected by the bushfires," the City of Sydney said.



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Hundreds of thousands of revellers gathered in Melbourne to wave goodbye to 2019 as fireworks spectacularly lit up city centre skyscrapers.

Fireworks erupt over the Melbourne central business district. Image: Getty
Partygoers dance and celebrate at Federation Square. Image: Getty

The 14 tonnes of fireworks shot from 22 city rooftops were seen from any spot in the city that provided a sight of the skyline.

A group of men dance outside Flinders street station. Image: Getty
Fireworks erupt over the Melbourne central business district. Image: Getty

The city council said New Year's Eve 2019 would help raise funds for the Salvation Army Emergency Services responding to bushfires in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.


Tens of thousands of people have lined the Brisbane River to watch the early New Year's Eve fireworks display.

The crowds came into the city to watch that start of what was tipped to be Brisbane's biggest ever New Year's Eve celebration.

Nine firework-loaded barges on the river provided spectacular shows for crowds gathered at top spots like South Bank, Eagle Street, Howards Smith Wharves, Portside Wharf and Toowong.


Meanwhile in Adelaide, things almost took a disastrous turn when a section of the Torrens Riverbank caught alight during the 9pm fireworks.

Thousands of people were gathered on the eastern bank of Rymill Park when the section of grassland burst into flames and quickly spread metres into the air.

A small fire broke out during the 9pm fireworks on New Year's Eve. Image: Brodie Simon

The fire break was quickly extinguished, to rounds of applause, before the evening's host Tom Rhen delivered a tribute to the country's firefighters.

With AAP.