A man shot dead in South Australia, a woman drowned near
Perth, a car park brawl death in the West Australian town of
Shark Bay and an alleged rape in Hobart have marred New Year
celebrations across the nation.
Despite the violent incidents, police were happy with the
behaviour of revellers, saying the majority of people were
An estimated 1.6 million people flocked to Sydney's harbour
foreshore and 550,000 people packed into Melbourne's CBD to
watch the fireworks.
In Sydney, 97 people will face a range of charges including
drug supply and possession, assault, affray, assaulting
police and malicious damage.
That was almost double the number arrested in Sydney last
year but police said they were happy with the outcome.
At the major public celebrations in Adelaide and South
Australian regional centres, police made 121 arrests for
The number includes the arrest of a 17-year-old who is
expected to be charged with murder, following the shooting
death of an 18-year-old at about 7.40pm (local time).
South Australian police said most revellers partied "safely
In WA, a 31-year-old man in Shark Bay has been charged with
grievous bodily harm after a 28-year-old man died after
allegedly being punched in a car park brawl.
In the state's south, the body of a woman was found floating
in a weir east of Perth.
There were seven stabbings in Brisbane and more than 30 drug
overdoses across Victoria, including a 15-year-old boy.
Police arrested 62 people on 89 charges in Brisbane and 184
people on 218 charges on the Gold Coast.
Victorian police arrested 356 people across the state, but
Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright said it was an improvement
on the 400 arrests of drunk people in 2010.
In Tasmania, a man has been charged in connection with an
alleged rape close to the centre of Hobart's New Year's Eve
Police have interviewed and charged a 35-year-old man
following a complaint from a 26-year-old woman about the
alleged incident near Tasmania's Parliament House.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore praised organisers, clean-up
crews and the city's residents for a "magic" New Year's Eve
celebration on the harbour.
"Sydney is really special and it is the New Year's Eve
capital of the world, we just all know that," Ms Moore said
on Tuesday morning, adding that given the numbers of people
out to celebrate it was amazing that police had charged only
97 people across Sydney.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue said Sydney's celebration to
welcome in 2013 was a highlight of her life.
The Sydney fireworks show paid homage to the diminutive
singer, whose hit tunes from her 25 years in show business
featured in the soundtrack.
Her red lips in lights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge puckered
up at midnight to deliver a kiss to welcome in the new year.
"The atmosphere was electric and it was a night I will never
forget," Minogue said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Sydney has the reputation as the New Year's Eve capital of
the world and it certainly lived up to that promise last