Where is the best place to view the fireworks tonight without the maddening crowds?

d1nny 31 December 2010 16

Not really keen on hanging around the throngs of folks clamouring to see the fireworks.

Does anyone have any recommendations on alternate sites to view the fireworks tonight?

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16 Responses to Where is the best place to view the fireworks tonight without the maddening crowds?
d1nny d1nny 12:35 pm 05 Jan 11

I ended up parking near Boatshead restaurant and sat on the Median Strip off Constitution Avenue before Rydges Hotel. Views were amazing as the fireworks seemed to be coming towards us. Not too crowded either. Thanks for all the suggestions though.

Holditz Holditz 10:10 pm 02 Jan 11

Oh, I don’t know… I had forgotten how much of a hard slog up the hill it is. And you’re doing it in the dark. I got there about half an hour before midnight, and by myself. However there was a nice cool breeze, and I actually stripped down to my bare chest and let my clothes flutter in the wind. Once they were dry I put them back on- and not before time, because others arrived abput ten minutes later.

The fireworks certainly looked spectacular, but there were also a long way away.

Phemie Phemie 7:41 pm 02 Jan 11

Thanks To Mad Kiwi, Vernon Place was a great suggestion. But thanks also to Holditz, a picnic on Mt Taylor also seems like a great option for future New Years.

Mr Gillespie Mr Gillespie 7:25 pm 01 Jan 11

The midnight fireworks (the real fireworks) began right on cue at midnight, and they were spectacular and the one to watch.

Who cares when the 9pm fireworks started.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 3:17 pm 01 Jan 11

Too late now obviously but I was thinking Mt Majura might be good place but quite a walk/bike ride to the summit.

nanzan nanzan 1:59 pm 01 Jan 11

We watched the 9 p.m. fireworks from the lawns of the Canberra Yacht Club last night – great location with fantastic reflections in the water of the lake. Got to see the AFP’s jet skis come out onto the lake at the start of their shift as well!

One question – why did the 9 p.m. fireworks not begin until 9:06? Did the midnight fireworks also start 6 minutes after the hour?

s-s-a s-s-a 11:33 am 01 Jan 11

For the 9pm show… park at Civic Pool earlyish, walk over to Commonwealth Park with thermos and dessert, have a wander around, drop stuff back at the car, watch fireworks from the corner of London Cct and Constitution Ave (byo chairs or blanket), walk back to car and drive home.

Holditz Holditz 8:28 pm 31 Dec 10

No parties to go to, so I am heading to the top of Mount Taylor to see the new year in. In previous years you could see fireworks going off all over the place, but with the fireworks bans I figure it’ll be much quieter. A few people have the same idea so it’s a little cosy.

precision06 precision06 8:09 pm 31 Dec 10

I havent been to a Canberra fireworks show yet. Were heading out to check it out. If I had to guess the fireworks will be at the lake Berley and behind the theater in civic?

Floydwafer Floydwafer 6:48 pm 31 Dec 10

Dairy Farmers Hill in Stromlo Forest was the best lookout for fireworks until Stanhope built an arboretum…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:13 pm 31 Dec 10

Park behind the Treasury Block (between Old Parliament House and Questacon) and walk to Reconciliation Place. Crowds are normally light on – especially on the little mound before the ramp – and it isn’t too hard to get out after (even after the Skyfire events)…

Best views are normally from right on the shores of the lake (in front of Reconciliation Place/National Library) or at Regatta Point. NYE fireworks should be a much easier experience than Skyfire… though not as dramatic either… don’t be afraid of the throngs…

Mess Mess 5:09 pm 31 Dec 10

On the TV

bryansworld bryansworld 4:55 pm 31 Dec 10

Too many drunken bogans. Give up and do something nice with friends, sans fireworks.

mad_kiwi mad_kiwi 1:49 pm 31 Dec 10

Vernon circle is a good place for NYE, not far from city square, for OZ day and skyfire i watch from Mt Pleasant

buzz819 buzz819 1:49 pm 31 Dec 10

You could try down near the Boatshed restaurant?

What would the view be like from the road around Parliament House, or even the Dam??

BenMac BenMac 1:41 pm 31 Dec 10

I went to Mt Anslie one year for the 9pm show. Not a bad view and very busy.

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