Like many cities around the world, Hobart will be kicking off the new year with a bang.
A massive fireworks display will be launched from Sullivans Cove but getting a good view can be a battle.
Like all great campaigns, it’s best to have an advance plan.
When do the fireworks begin?
The main event kicks off at midnight Sunday but mums and dads won’t have to keep the kids up that long.
There’ll be a family fireworks show at 09:30pm(it gets dark late in Hobart).
About $65,000’s worth of pyrotechnics will be fired from a barge offshore from the CSIRO.
The main show will be twice as big as the earlier display and will blast off some 12-inch shells — the largest available in Australia.
Where’s the best place to watch the show?
The best view in town is from PW1 (Princes Wharf No 1), the home of the Taste of Tasmania.
But the Taste’s NYE party is a ticketed event and while you can still get tickets, the waterside seating areas are just about sold out.
Still, there are plenty of other options right around the Hobart waterfront:
- Constitution and Victoria Docks (where all the Sydney to Hobart yachts are moored)
- Watermans Dock
- Salamanca Place
- Parliament Lawns
- Hunter Street
- Along the front of the new MACq01 Hotel
Most of the waterfront venues and most of the hotels are already sold out.
You don’t have to venture too far from the waterfront to beat the crush.
Princes Park at Battery Point is a great venue for families.
There’s a children’s playground and a large grassed area perfect for picnic rugs and an early set up for the 9:30pm show.
Families can also take advantage of the lawns around the Hobart Cenotaph.
Further afield, people gather on the Rosny Hill lookout across the river and or south of the city on Mount Nelson.
Hardier types will trek up the lower reaches of kunanyi/Mt Wellington but the further away you go, the smaller the effects.
Many of Hobart’s tourist ferries, including the MONA M1, are serving as floating viewing platforms.
What’s the best way to get in, and out of, the city?
Expect a bit of traffic but if you must take the car there’ll be free parking at the Regatta Grounds.
Catching a bus will be cheap — Metro are offering $2 cash fares into the city and home again from 6:00pm.
The return buses leave from special stops in Salamanca Place near the Supreme Court.
For those who want to cab it, all of the city’s 365 cabs will be on the road.
You can try and book one but on such a busy night there’s no guarantee you’ll get where you want to be on time.
Uber is another option but make sure you check the estimated fare before you hit “confirm” — Uber’s surge pricing can see costs skyrocket like fireworks.
What’s the weather going to be like?
Not bad at all. The BOM has tipped a top of 24 degrees Celsius down to about 16C around midnight, a bit of cloud, next to no chance of rain but a bit of wind coming from the north-west — so you might want an extra layer.
What’s there to do afterwards?
There will be plenty of options on the Salamanca strip, or start implementing your get-home plan (you made one, right?).
Any special message from the police?
Yes: don’t ruin the night for yourself and others.
Tasmania Police are appealing for people to look after their mates and have a plan to get home.
They will be out in force around the city to deter alcohol-fuelled violence and offences.
Their message is to drink responsibly.
“We want people to have a good time but reinforce to everyone not to over indulge and let their behaviour ruin the night for anyone else,” Inspector Jo Stolp said.
But if you want to do a spot check on whether you’re OK to drive, the Salvation Army will be on hand to give you a breath test.
Just drop in to one of their harm-reduction stations on the waterfront.
What if I’m staying in?
Whether you’re planning a party or a quiet cuppa, you can take it all in from the comfort of your own lounge chair.
Hosted by Charlie Pickering, the night will feature entertainment from Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines and Kate Ceberano, culminating in the world-famous Sydney midnight fireworks.
However you choose to celebrate, have fun and stay safe.
Happy New Year!