Sydney is preparing to host the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza, undeterred by fears over the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and rapidly rising case numbers.

Sydney is preparing to host the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza, undeterred by fears over the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and rapidly rising case numbers.

Sydney is preparing to host the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza, undeterred by fears over the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and rapidly rising case numbers.

After months of lockdowns and restrictions, revelers were determined to glam up, get out and enjoy the night - albeit in smaller numbers than in pre-pandemic times.

After months of lockdowns and restrictions, revelers were determined to glam up, get out and enjoy the night - albeit in smaller numbers than in pre-pandemic times.

After months of lockdowns and restrictions, revelers were determined to glam up, get out and enjoy the night – albeit in smaller numbers than in pre-pandemic times.

The crowds were smaller at Circular Quay but that just meant a better view of the world-famous festivities for those who weren't daunted by the Covid doomsayers.

The crowds were smaller at Circular Quay but that just meant a better view of the world-famous festivities for those who weren't daunted by the Covid doomsayers.

The crowds were smaller at Circular Quay but that just meant a better view of the world-famous festivities for those who weren’t daunted by the Covid doomsayers.

Sydney's 9pm fireworks display dazzled thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and lined the harbor on New Year's Eve.

Sydney's 9pm fireworks display dazzled thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and lined the harbor on New Year's Eve.

Sydney’s 9pm fireworks display dazzled thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and lined the harbor on New Year’s Eve.

Sydney's famous harbor was awash with color in a stunning preview of the much-anticipated midnight fireworks display.

Sydney's famous harbor was awash with color in a stunning preview of the much-anticipated midnight fireworks display.

 Sydney’s famous harbor was awash with color in a stunning preview of the much-anticipated midnight fireworks display.

The spectacular early evening fireworks display was far more popular than the city's exploding Covid case numbers.

The spectacular early evening fireworks display was far more popular than the city's exploding Covid case numbers.

The spectacular early evening fireworks display was far more popular than the city’s exploding Covid case numbers.

The spectacle of Sydney's famous fireworks display captivated the city and the thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and headed out for a night of fun.

The spectacle of Sydney's famous fireworks display captivated the city and the thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and headed out for a night of fun.

The spectacle of Sydney’s famous fireworks display captivated the city and the thousands of revelers who ignored Covid doomsayers and headed out for a night of fun.

Smaller crowds at Sydney's fireworks meant prime positions for those who made the effort on a warm night.

Smaller crowds at Sydney's fireworks meant prime positions for those who made the effort on a warm night.

Smaller crowds at Sydney’s fireworks meant prime positions for those who made the effort on a warm night.

Sydney was preparing to host the world's biggest fireworks extravaganza on New Year's Eve, undeterred by fears over the Omicron Covid-19 variant and rapidly rising case numbers.

Sydney was preparing to host the world's biggest fireworks extravaganza on New Year's Eve, undeterred by fears over the Omicron Covid-19 variant and rapidly rising case numbers.

Sydney was preparing to host the world’s biggest fireworks extravaganza on New Year’s Eve, undeterred by fears over the Omicron Covid-19 variant and rapidly rising case numbers.

What's an Omicron? Sydney revelers get up close and personal as the party starts beside the world-famous harbor.

What's an Omicron? Sydney revelers get up close and personal as the party starts beside the world-famous harbor.

What’s an Omicron? Sydney revelers get up close and personal as the party starts beside the world-famous harbor.

Self-conscious Sydney revelers were keen to capture precious moments with friends on New Year's Eve.

Self-conscious Sydney revelers were keen to capture precious moments with friends on New Year's Eve.

Self-conscious Sydney revelers were keen to capture precious moments with friends on New Year’s Eve.

Sydney turned on a stunning day to go with its centerpiece, the gorgeous harbor ahead of its much-anticipated fireworks displays.

Sydney turned on a stunning day to go with its centerpiece, the gorgeous harbor ahead of its much-anticipated fireworks displays.

Sydney turned on a stunning day to go with its centerpiece, the gorgeous harbor ahead of its much-anticipated fireworks displays.

It was a second subdued New Year's Even on Sydney Harbour as the pandemic kept usually boisterous revelers away in droves. Friends (L-R) Danni Moore, 29, Tara Delaney, 28, and Sarah Kimberlin, had flown up from Melbourne for the fireworks.

It was a second subdued New Year's Even on Sydney Harbour as the pandemic kept usually boisterous revelers away in droves. Friends (L-R) Danni Moore, 29, Tara Delaney, 28, and Sarah Kimberlin, had flown up from Melbourne for the fireworks.

It was a second subdued New Year’s Even on Sydney Harbour as the pandemic kept usually boisterous revelers away in droves. Friends (L-R) Danni Moore, 29, Tara Delaney, 28, and Sarah Kimberlin, had flown up from Melbourne for the fireworks.

The best seat in the house! Queues start to form at the Opera Bar directly opposite the Harbour Bridge.

The best seat in the house! Queues start to form at the Opera Bar directly opposite the Harbour Bridge.

The best seat in the house! Queues start to form at the Opera Bar directly opposite the Harbour Bridge.

Where once a million spectators would gather around the water's edge to see the city's world-famous fireworks display, this year's celebrations were low-key. Husband and wife Diana Mosquera, 32, and Omar Campos, 33, enjoyed getting out of their Sydney home.

Where once a million spectators would gather around the water's edge to see the city's world-famous fireworks display, this year's celebrations were low-key. Husband and wife Diana Mosquera, 32, and Omar Campos, 33, enjoyed getting out of their Sydney home.

Where once a million spectators would gather around the water’s edge to see the city’s world-famous fireworks display, this year’s celebrations were low-key. Husband and wife Diana Mosquera, 32, and Omar Campos, 33, enjoyed getting out of their Sydney home.

MELBOURNE: Who cares if it's been the year from hell? Melburnians, who endured the world's longest Covid lockdown were ready to party.

MELBOURNE: Who cares if it's been the year from hell? Melburnians, who endured the world's longest Covid lockdown were ready to party.

MELBOURNE: Who cares if it’s been the year from hell? Melburnians, who endured the world’s longest Covid lockdown were ready to party.

Melburnians cooked in 38 degree heat on New Year's Eve so it was little surprise many stayed close to the beach and the water as they prepared for the midnight countdown.

Melburnians cooked in 38 degree heat on New Year's Eve so it was little surprise many stayed close to the beach and the water as they prepared for the midnight countdown.

Melburnians cooked in 38 degree heat on New Year’s Eve so it was little surprise many stayed close to the beach and the water as they prepared for the midnight countdown.

Melbourne's early fireworks at 9.30pm delighted young and old. A young girl is pictured celebrating with her mother.

Melbourne's early fireworks at 9.30pm delighted young and old. A young girl is pictured celebrating with her mother.

Melbourne’s early fireworks at 9.30pm delighted young and old. A young girl is pictured celebrating with her mother.

Melburnians were keen to stay hydrated after scorching temperatures on New Year's Eve.

Melburnians were keen to stay hydrated after scorching temperatures on New Year's Eve.

Melburnians were keen to stay hydrated after scorching temperatures on New Year’s Eve.

Melbourne split its New Year's Eve celebrations into four zones. Revelers are pictured getting into the celebratory spirit at St Kilda.

Melbourne split its New Year's Eve celebrations into four zones. Revelers are pictured getting into the celebratory spirit at St Kilda.

Melbourne split its New Year’s Eve celebrations into four zones. Revelers are pictured getting into the celebratory spirit at St Kilda.

Ready, set, go! Melburnians glammed up and got out in force to celebrate New Year's Eve although it was the hottest day for months.

Ready, set, go! Melburnians glammed up and got out in force to celebrate New Year's Eve although it was the hottest day for months.

Ready, set, go! Melburnians glammed up and got out in force to celebrate New Year’s Eve although it was the hottest day for months.

Cricket legend Shane Warne (right) enjoys a drinks break on a hot day with fellow former Australian players Michael Hussey (left) and Andrew Symonds (in blue hat) on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.

Cricket legend Shane Warne (right) enjoys a drinks break on a hot day with fellow former Australian players Michael Hussey (left) and Andrew Symonds (in blue hat) on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.

Cricket legend Shane Warne (right) enjoys a drinks break on a hot day with fellow former Australian players Michael Hussey (left) and Andrew Symonds (in blue hat) on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne.

The party spirit got to a few early on in the night after a searing hot day on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.

The party spirit got to a few early on in the night after a searing hot day on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.

The party spirit got to a few early on in the night after a searing hot day on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne.

A blistering hot day in Melbourne meant only the most committed partygoers lasted into the evening.

A blistering hot day in Melbourne meant only the most committed partygoers lasted into the evening.

A blistering hot day in Melbourne meant only the most committed partygoers lasted into the evening.

Melburnians were in the mood to party all day despite the heat.

Melburnians were in the mood to party all day despite the heat.

Melburnians were in the mood to party all day despite the heat.

Revelers arrive en masse for the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

Revelers arrive en masse for the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

Revelers arrive en masse for the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

Pop singer Jaguar Jonze (pictured) performs to the crowd at the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

Pop singer Jaguar Jonze (pictured) performs to the crowd at the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

Pop singer Jaguar Jonze (pictured) performs to the crowd at the Beyond The City music festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on December 31, 2021 in Melbourne.

A glammed up crew of girls gets set for a wild night of celebrations in Melbourne as the city prepares to welcome the new year.

A glammed up crew of girls gets set for a wild night of celebrations in Melbourne as the city prepares to welcome the new year.

A glammed up crew of girls gets set for a wild night of celebrations in Melbourne as the city prepares to welcome the new year.

Melbourne crowds lined up for a night of celebrations at the Beyond The City music festival, despite soaring Covid infections across Victoria and the rest of Australia.

Melbourne crowds lined up for a night of celebrations at the Beyond The City music festival, despite soaring Covid infections across Victoria and the rest of Australia.

Melbourne crowds lined up for a night of celebrations at the Beyond The City music festival, despite soaring Covid infections across Victoria and the rest of Australia.

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