Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Years Eve 2012


We spent a lovely New Years on the beach at Manly watching the spectacular 9pm fireworks [see video below]. Family friendly and with much less of the chaos that accompanies mass gatherings celebrating the New Year, Manly was the perfect setting.

We took up residence on the hilly grass area overlooking the beach, spread out our picnic blanket and lapped up the atmosphere. We had shade, could stretch out, go for a swim, take in the entertainment and really enjoy ourselves. Looking around, I actually felt sorry for all those squeezing into the popular viewing spots and how uncomfy they would have been. I was keeping up to date with the #NYESYD twiiter feed and it seemed most of the viewing area statuses had become "full and closed".

The light faded, and the wind picked up but it was keeping things cool and pleasant. People were still in the water coming up to 9pm and it looked as if it would have been a great place to watch it from.

With 5 mins to go, phone in hand, Jeans and I stood on the edge of the promenade ready to capture the action up close and WOW! how spectacular they were. A beautiful mix of colours and designs, they went on for over 15 mins, shooting into the sky and spilling into the sea, surpassing the Sydney based 9pm fireworks which were visible too from our position.

The crowds started dispersing soon after the fireworks ended being families with kids so we started packing up and decided to go to view the midnight fireworks from North Head [Sydney National Park]. I hadnt been there ever, but we all decided that would be an absolute awesome spot to view from.

When we arrived at the gates, we found that no vehicles were allowed in but walking through was. LOL! I dont know if any of you have ever been, but at night, the place is pitch black surrounded in bushland, so it was quite the adventure. Bandicoots live there and it seems quite a wide variety of wildlife that comes alive at night lol

We walked for at least 1 klm to get to the North Head viewing area!

By this time my battery was depleting rather quickly but I was hoping it would hang on for at least a few more pics and if I was lucky, a short video.

When we arrived at the clearing, there were people laying on blankets, music blaring from ipods, BYO drinking and the FD and police were on hand to assist if needed. With plenty of space to move around and a lovely fresh breeze coming off the expanse, it was almost time. I chose what I thought was the perfect spot to capture some awesome pictures, when with 3 mins to go, BAM!! my phone dies. AAARG!

But WOW to watch Sydney come alive for the NEW YEAR is quite the experience. They dont say its one of the worlds greatest New Years displays for nothing. The whole of the city was lit up including the buildings in spectacular fashion.

Everyone was hugging, kissing, WOO HOO-ing loudly and cracking open bottles of champers. The mood was happy and fun! The crowd were mainly young people in groups, with several couples thrown in the mix, cuddling and holding each other as they greeted the New Year.

The walk back to the car was a crack up. This group of hillarious, happy drunk girls decided to sing "Cant Take My Eyes Off You" which started everyone off lol. So much fun I missed that I could have captured, damn you iphone!

The drive home was a nighmare, as soon as we hit Mosman, it was gridlocked and that was even the back streets. Not to mention being tormented by the biggest mfking huntsman spider that proceeded to crawl all over our car. lol. The windows stayed wound up until a particular long traffic delay, I got out and whacked him to the ground which sent him crawling into the gutter. EWW! On a positive note, I was hoping the spider was a sign that 2013 will get off to a good start.

I do hope your welcome to the New Year went well. Happy 2013 everyone!