Located on Circular Quay is the most famous bridge in the world, the iconic Harbour Bridge, more affectionately known as the Coat Hanger by the locals. Walk halfway across, then peer over the side to get a cracking view of the Opera House and harbour. After you have taken in the scenery, keep walking until you come to Milsons Point on the other side, which is a great vantage point for exploring the sites. You won't be disappointed!
The bridge also hosts the world-famous New Year's Eve fireworks each year at midnight, but to get a decent spot - or even a spot at all - you may need to get there super early and sit there alllll day. It's incredibly boring! But I am glad that I did it as there really isn't a better way to ring in the new year.
It was December 2006 when I did the Bridge fireworks. The anticipation started to amp up at around 11:30 PM when everyone was drinking, and a real party atmosphere started to develop. I think for the most part we were all excited about our boredom coming to an end! I got chatting to a few people around me who were seasoned pros at this, as they did this every year. No thanks! Once was enough for me. Then the numbers countdown appears on the bridge, everybody starts chanting the numbers and you can't help but feel the excitement and buzz of the event. Then three, two, one… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Everyone is jumping up and down in excitement. The fireworks burst out from above, behind and beyond the bridge and the perfectly timed music begins. It was so fantastic! They last about 15 minutes and I will tell you that waiting all day for this event was well worth it.
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!