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New Year’s Eve 2014 In Sydney, Australia To Benefit Engineers Without Borders


Each year, the harbor sees enormous crowds gathering to watch their huge New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks. (Photo credit: Luke Zeme)

December 31st is the biggest party night of the year. Celebrating the best memories of the previous year and even better moments to come is reason enough to party. If you’re looking to attend one of the biggest parties in the world—but also one with a charitable side—look no further than my Charitable NYE Highlight series! These are the five best New Year’s Eve destinations that combine partying and philanthropy for the ultimate celebration.

First on the list is Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Every year, Sydney throws a huge New Year’s Eve bash at its harbor.

Sydney boasts some of the best fireworks displays of the season.

Sydney boasts some of the best fireworks displays of the season.

Guests will enjoy street performers, music and, of course, an impressive fireworks display over the harbor behind the Sydney Opera House. After the fireworks, a symbol for the New Year will be lit up on the bridge in celebration.

Along with all of the festivities comes philanthropy. Each year, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve has a charity partner that they raise funds for. This year’s charity is Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), which works in several countries to provide cleaner drinking water, waste systems and sanitation in places where there is a need. Now that’s something to raise a glass to!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The fireworks begin at midnight.


WHERE: There are a number of great vantage points from which you can check out the fireworks. The Opera House and many harbor islands are your best bet. Check out Sydney’s official list of locations and keep in mind that some may require an entrance fee.

TICKETS: The fireworks show is free! Check out the list of great Sydney NYE events here.

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