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The countdown to 2023 is well and truly underway as the 9pm firework displays across the country wow onlookers.

With the ‘family-friendly’ fireworks done and dusted for another year, Australia’s best vantage spots have been long snapped up as Australians countdown to midnight.

Aussies are out in numbers this year to make the most of the celebrations as Covid dampened festivities for the past two years.

Revellers have made their way into the CBD in numbers to ring in 2023 in style.

This year is the first New Year’s Eve in three years without Covid restrictions, with many city’s celebrations bigger and better than ever before.

Sydney crowds are expected to hit around one million people, with the harbourside a sea of people as 9pm came and went.

Earlier thousands queued to get onto the Sydney Opera House steps in search of the best seat in the house, with those lucky to secure a spot being treated already to a breathtaking display at 9pm.

The countdown to 2023 is well and truly underway as the 9pm firework displays across the country wow onlookers

The Sydney 9pm fireworks show kickstarted celebrations in the CBD as attention now turns to the midnight display to bring in the new year

The Sydney 9pm fireworks show kickstarted celebrations in the CBD as attention now turns to the midnight display to bring in the new year 

Thousands queued up to get onto the Sydney Opera House steps in search of the best seat in the house. Hundreds of thousands of people have already pitched their tents and settled in as the 9pm show wowed onlookers in Sydney

Thousands queued up to get onto the Sydney Opera House steps in search of the best seat in the house. Hundreds of thousands of people have already pitched their tents and settled in as the 9pm show wowed onlookers in Sydney

Crowds have gathered at Circular Quay. At 9pm and midnight around 13,000 fireworks will light up the sky from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and rooftops around the city

Crowds have gathered at Circular Quay. At 9pm and midnight around 13,000 fireworks will light up the sky from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and rooftops around the city

Revellers arrived in numbers all glammed up and ready to celebrate the end to a difficult 2022

Revellers arrived in numbers all glammed up and ready to celebrate the end to a difficult 2022

Tens of thousands pitched their tents and settled in across the country and now turn their attention to the midnight display.

In Sydney a smoking ceremony was held at 7.30pm before the family-friendly fireworks put on a show.

NSW Police Superintendent Anthony Bell said while Sydneysiders are looking to make the most of unrestricted celebrations, community safety is paramount.

‘If you’re going to have fun tonight and party, party responsibly,’ Supt Bell said.

‘You know, don’t do something tonight that you’re going to regret or end up with a charge against your name or in hospital.’

In New South Wales’ capital, 13,000 fireworks will light up the sky from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and rooftops around the city.

In The Rocks celebrations have well and truly begun with mere hours until 2023 as patrons turn to the dancefloor

In The Rocks celebrations have well and truly begun with mere hours until 2023 as patrons turn to the dancefloor

New Year's Eve patrons have taken their place at Mrs Macquarie's Chair ready for a big night of celebration as the family 9pm show ends and attention turns to the midnight display

New Year’s Eve patrons have taken their place at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair ready for a big night of celebration as the family 9pm show ends and attention turns to the midnight display

The streets of The Rocks are jam packed with people jamming in to get the best view of the fireworks

The streets of The Rocks are jam packed with people jamming in to get the best view of the fireworks

The giant display which cost a whopping $5.8 million is able to be seen across the majority of the CBD.

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Sydney’s mayor, Clover Moore, warned people to expect large crowds, road closures and stringent entry cut-offs.

‘2022 has been another year of significant challenges as we continued working to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,’ Ms Moore said.

‘But tonight we put the year behind us and look with hope to 2023.’

n Melbourne a large fireworks display will be set off at 9.30pm before the feature at midnight, with around half a million people expected to make their way into the CBD for celebrations.

In Melbourne a large fireworks display will be set off at 9.30pm before the feature at midnight, with around half a million people expected to make their way into the CBD for celebrations

Patrons dressed to the nines made there way in early to secure the best vantage spot before the fireworks began

Patrons dressed to the nines made there way in early to secure the best vantage spot before the fireworks began

‘We are so pleased to be able to bring our biggest fireworks and New Year’s Eve celebrations ever,’ Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said on Friday.

‘This year (the celebration) is costing $3.94 million, that’s a fantastic investment for our small traders, for safety in our city.’

In Perth, for the first time, the Western Australian capital will have a family-friendly show kicking off at 9pm as well as their traditional Swan River midnight show.

The Gold Coast will light up, with about 30 tonnes of fireworks at Coomera, Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta

The Gold Coast will light up, with about 30 tonnes of fireworks at Coomera, Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta

In Brisbane, large crowds made their way to the Brisbane River and the Southbank area.

A special fireworks display began at 8pm, with another to come when the clock strikes 12.

The Gold Coast is also set to light up, with about 30 tonnes of fireworks at Coomera, Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta.

The displays are among more than 130 organised fireworks events planned for Saturday night and crowds are starting to roll in.

In Adelaide, attendees are already enjoying the live music on the Glenelg foreshore.

The state will have a ‘hybrid’ show featuring both fireworks and lights at 9.30pm and then again at midnight.

Authorities in South Australia have urged partygoers to not use illegal fireworks, with the state expected to experience dangerous fire conditions across the next week.

In Darwin, their 9pm and midnight fireworks were cancelled as a result of severe weather.

Hobart’s River Derwent is set to be lit up with fireworks at 9.30pm and midnight.

Temperatures were well into the 30s in most capital cities around Australia throughout the day.

As night time has arrived, temperatures have dropped into the 20s with low 20s and high teen temperatures expected as 2022 comes to an end.

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