Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour at midnight.
Australia will likely nurse a massive hangover with
memories of the spectacular fireworks and thumping music that
accompanied New Year celebrations.
The nation's standout event of New Year's Eve - a fireworks
display on Sydney Harbour - didn't disappoint the estimated
1.5 million who gathered on the foreshore to see the
12-minute midnight show of multi-coloured, swirling, wheeling
and comet-like crackers.
More than half a million turned out in Melbourne's city
centre to see 7.5 tonnes of fireworks launched into the night
sky from 22 locations.
Police in Sydney and Melbourne reported no major incidents,
with no one injured when more than 100 revellers had to be
helped to shore when two boats took on water in Sydney
An 18-year-old man was left in a critical condition at
Sydney's St Vincent's hospital and a 25-year-old man arrested
in what police are calling a serious assault in King's Cross.
NSW Ambulance said in a statement paramedics responded to a
number of incidents across Sydney, the majority related to
alcohol or to people under the influence of drugs.
Paramedics have praised the general conduct of crowds, with a
lower than expected number during the night.
Further north, Brisbanites braved the threat of rain to
witness the river city lit up by 30,000 pyrotechnic effects.
South Australia rang in 2014 with fireworks and music from
local bands in Adelaide's Elder Park, while thousands packed
into Canberra's Civic square to see fireworks launched form
Tasmania did it with food, with tens of thousands converging
on the waterfront and Salamanca for the annual gastronomic