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One million Aussies welcome New Year in Sydney after two years of Covid restrictions

More than 7,000 fireworks were launched from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a further 2,000 from the nearby Opera House

Fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations© Getty Images

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand© AP

Members of the public gather to celebrate New Year's Eve at the Gwanghwamun Square on December 31, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea© Getty Images

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More than a million Australians gathered at Sydney’s harbourfront yesterday to welcome the New Year after two years of disruptions due to Covid.

After Covid reduced or halted festivities in 2020 and 2021, large crowds gathered in the capital as Sydney became one of the first major cities to celebrate the New Year.

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand© AP

More than 7,000 fireworks were launched from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a further 2,000 from the nearby Opera House.

Producer Stephen Gilby said it was the "party Sydney deserves".

In New Zealand their New Year celebrations included a fireworks and lights display in Auckland.

Members of the public gather to celebrate New Year's Eve at the Gwanghwamun Square on December 31, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea© Getty Images

Large crowds gathered at Auckland's Sky Tower after Covid restrictions forced them to be cancelled a year ago.

The event included a laser light and animation show, which took in several landmarks in the city.


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