There were oohs and ahhs as fireworks displays rang in the new year across the Mid North Coast.
In some towns 9pm displays catered to the many family groups gathered at vantage points relaxing on picnic blankets.
At Port Macquarie the midnight fireworks drew a huge crowd, but people didn’t need to wait until midnight with celebrations in full swing from the afternoon despite grey skies and drizzly conditions.
In Sydney a blazing red countdown of fireworks brought in 2018. Thousands perched on picnic blankets and camped out in tents hours ahead just to catch a glimpse of the iconic Sydney New Year's Eve tradition.
A rainbow waterfall from the Harbour Bridge served as a tribute to same-sex marriage, with 2018 to be the first year in which same-sex Australian couples can marry.
While both the 9pm and midnight fireworks went off without a hitch in Sydney, crowds on Terrigal Beach were evacuated during the 9pm fireworks after a barge caught fire, forcing the two technicians to dive into the water to escape.
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