Crowds flock to Sydney for biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations since pandemic beganPosted by On

Crowds expected to be at pre-pandemic numbers are jostling for front row spots in Sydney’s CBD and harbour to celebrate the city’s first New Year’s Eve fireworks display uninterrupted by restrictions.

Despite a few rain showers, spectators took position at harbour viewing spots early this morning,  including the Sydney Opera House where excited individuals ran to grab prime locations after queuing up.

More than a million spectators are expected to flock to the city alone, with many of the ticketed vantage points already sold out — after years of COVID-imposed restrictions dampened celebrations.

About half-a-billion people around the world are expected to watch the broadcast of events in Sydney, as one of the first major cities in the world to ring in 2023.

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Some people at the front of the queue ran to take up front row positions at the Sydney Opera House.(ABC News)
people sitting on picnic rugs at the forecourt of the opera house
Revellers from across NSW, interstate and overseas are descending on Sydney Harbour.(ABC News: Isobel Roe)

Major events commander, NSW Police superintendent Anthony Bell, said police were out in force across Sydney, concentrating their efforts on Sydney Harbour and its foreshore. 

“It’s our biggest…

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