2 January 2024

Thousands flock to city to welcome in New Year

| River McCrossen
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Fireworks over Wollongong Harbour.

Fireworks explode over Wollongong Harbour. Photos: River McCrossen.

Wollongong’s Lang Park was transformed into a kid’s paradise as revellers counted out the final hours of 2023.

Despite the threat of a wet New Year’s Eve, thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the beachside park to welcome in 2024.

Young families enjoyed the entertainment around Lang Park and Wollongong Harbour, including bumper cars and jumping castles, and street performers. Even Bumblebee, from the Transformers movie, was spotted among the crowds.

By the time the clock hit nine, the beach was packed for a 10-minute fireworks show that lit the harbour blue, red and green.

The family-friendly part over, a busy CBD was bustling with dance and cheer as Market St was closed to traffic for the Illawarra Hotel’s block party. Partygoers queued down Crown St, waiting to get into one of the city’s most popular New Year venues.

Finishing off the year in style, fireworks took over the sky one more time at midnight from the top of Wollongong Central.

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