Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island was truly magical. One of those nights when everything just lines up for the perfect evening. The weather was just right, warm but not hot. Our pre-booked tents were set up and in great condition (dare I say almost new). The island itself was interesting to explore and they had not overbooked it so it was not overcrowded and there was plenty of room to set up and enjoy the fireworks, centre stage.

The fireworks themselves were certainly the feature of the night. Not only did we have a fabulous view of the Harbour Bridge which is always the setting for the major display but there was a fireworks pontoon set up maybe 100m away from where we were sitting so we had our own personal mini version of the big show played out above our heads. Truly awesome (in the real sense, not the Bill and Ted sense). Both kids watched the 9:00 pm family fireworks but Marianna was asleep before the midnight spectacular started.

If you get the chance, I would certainly recommend NYE on Cockatoo Island as an amazing way to bring in the new year. I was really impressed with how it was all managed; clean facilities, no drunk bozos (which are a feature of Sydney NYE's in general), everything peaceful and family friendly.

We went with our dear friends Melani and David and their kids Sebastian and Valentina and it was wonderful sharing such a special night with them.

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