With 2016 coming to a close, millions of people across Australia are expected to turn out to ring in the new year with fireworks, live music and entertainment.
On Sydney’s harbour foreshore, hundreds of people camped out overnight to get the best spot — with the first person in line saying he got there 6:30am yesterday.
More than 1.5 million people are expected to arrive for festivities tonight. Several of the most popular viewing points have already reached capacity.
Hobart will welcome the new year with a performance by Australian artist Kate Cebrano, while Canberra will hold a dance party at Garema Place.
In Melbourne, 500,000 people are expected to turn out in the city, where a range of musicians will take stage across four live sites, including Kings Domain, Docklands, Treasury Gardens and Flagstaff Gardens.
At midnight, 13.5 tonnes of fireworks are expected to go off, covering an area of 8 square kilometres.
Extra police will be out in force in the city, and Victoria Police Commander Russell Barrett urged revellers to stay safe.
“If you are planning to drink, we say do so responsibly and consider how you are going to get home,” he said.
“Remember this is a no alcohol event in public areas. We will be enforcing that rule.”
Early revellers in Brisbane have already started staking their claim along the river in South Bank.
While in Adelaide, 50,000 people are expected to celebrate the end of 2016 at the Adelaide Oval with the Big Bash League clash between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Sixes.
Another 30,000 people will ring in the new year across the road at Elder Park and large crowds are expected along the coast at Semaphore, Glenelg and Brighton for family friendly entertainment and fireworks.