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Happy New Year 2009

January 3, 2009

One of things we wanted to do on New Year’s Eve was to watch the fireworks live. I mean there is no point in watching it on TV if you are right there in Sydney and its worth every moment.

We did a lot of prework, considering its our first and probably last view of the harbour fireworks. We surfed through the websites, blogs and other articles for the best vantage points and people’s experiences at those places. We even personally visited some places to see how the bridge looks from there. We finally choosed “Blue’s Point Reserve”. It is close to home, decently near to the public transport, right in the middle of residential area, Lots of police and no bottles…. above all this place gives you a complete view of the bridge, pylon to pylon with the opera house in the background.

On 31st we did a quick lunch, packed some food, water and pass time stuff, checked the batteries and headed for North Sydney stn. We walked down to the reserve, which takes about 10mins and reached there before 3pm. The sun is still up in the sky and its quite hot and we are not really ready for the crowd. What we saw there really blowed us out making us think should we have been more early. The families are already there camping with all tents, huge umbrellas, foldable chairs, picnic lunches, blankets, card games, cricket matches and all…Its almost like a carnival. We didnt have any umbrella so we went on search for a place that is in shade but still gives a decent view of the bridge, where all the action happens. We got the perfect place except for a small branch, had it been not a reserve i would have broken it 🙂

The crowd from where we sat, you can still see people coming in.
NYE09 - Crowds at Blues Point

The view from where we sat, you can see the small branch – it became a trademark in all the photos i took.
NYE09 - Camping right in front of bridge

After the sun set, you can see all the cruise boats taking their place.NYE09 - b4 the fireworks

After reading, crafting, ipoding, meeting some friends, vintage plane show and sky writing (This year’s theme is “The Creation” so they wrote in the sky “The Creator is JESUS”)… its time for the family fireworks. They just like a starter for a 10 course meal.

Vintage Plane Show
NYE09 - Vintage Planes

Writing on the sky
NYE09 - Sky writing

Start of the show
NYE09 - Start of the fireworks

The family fireworks at 9pm
NYE09 - Family fireworks

There was a “Harbour Parade” after the family fireworks. Just imagine the “Republic Parade” in India, only that there are ferries instead of vehicles, decorated by lights instead of flowers, moving on water instead of road, during night instead of day. I think that should explain it all.

Harbour Parade
NYE09 - Harbour Parade

NYE09 - Pirate Ship

Before the midnight fireworks
NYE09 - b4 the midnight show

From 30mins before the midnight show started everybody began taking places so that they will get the best view. They didn’t dissapoint even remotely. It was a splendid show. DH wanted to enjoy the moment so i got the resposibility to capture the show. I just left the camera in continous mode, to enjoy my own share, so lots of photos turned up a bit blurry… thats fine you can always see photos on flickr, but not always you can have the experience of seeing it in person.

NYE09 - Shot1

NYE09 - Shot2

Its like the sun rising above a waterfall
NYE09 - Shot3

NYE09 - Shot4

Raising Sun – Welcome 2009
NYE09 - Welcome 2009

Once its evening the teen groups turn up making lots of noise and emptying glasses. But it seems they are well behaved this year, thats what everybody is saying. Ofcourse we didn’t have any trouble.

Once the whole thing is over, its time to head home. so the 10 min walk to the station took 20 mins as it is up-hill and also crowdy. The City Rail and Volunteers had a hard time managing the crowds, as every train thats entering the station is already full and people are trying to squeeze themselves in to get home quickly, I must say they did a great job. By the time we reached home its past 1am. The time when all the cleaners started cleaning the mess that 1.5 million people created around the harbour area for a frean and a clean new year day.

After all this late night stuff, we couldnt woke up early and that ruled out a trip to Helensburg-Hindu temple. We made a trip to the Murugan Temple in Paramatta.
Paramatta - Murugan Temple

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2009 8:40 pm

    Happy new year to you and yours…
    And what a wonderful way to ring in the new year!

  2. January 4, 2009 6:24 am

    What a cool experience. We saw a bit of footage of the fireworks while we were in the US. Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

    • iaminchennai permalink
      January 4, 2009 8:21 am

      Hello Mazhalai & Cindy…
      Thank you for the wishes…. and wishing you the same.

  3. ramblingroses permalink
    January 4, 2009 6:49 pm

    Happy New Year to you and yours! May this year be even more spectacular than those past! Fantastic pictures, what a lovely way to enter 09!

  4. January 6, 2009 1:21 am

    wow!

    Happy New year!

    • iaminchennai permalink
      January 6, 2009 12:54 pm

      Happy new year Jeni

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