IT was a night for family, fun and food.
A night for friends, for a few beers and flashes in the sky.
Thousands lined the banks of the Newcastle Harbour last night in anticipation of the 9pm fireworks display.
The Honeysuckle precinct was again the centrepiece for the city’s New Year’s Eve as the celebrations continued to evolve from a midnight party to a family night out.
There was children galore, whizzing about on scooters, and families relaxing in the sun and enjoying a snack, a drink and good company.
Live music and children’s entertainment were sprinkled throughout the precinct and proved a hit with everyone.
Meanwhile, those looking to ring in the New Year in style crammed into bars and restaurants on what had been a warm summer’s day.
Erin Turriff and Jasmine Miners, from Lake Macquarie, took the award for the city’s most organised New Year’s Eve revellers, arriving at 1.30pm to pick the best spot to watch the fireworks.
They set up under a tree, pulled out the board games and snacks and waited two-and-a-half hours for the next group to arrive.
“We thought it might be a lot busier earlier on and we wanted to make sure we had a park,” Ms Turriff said.
“This is the first time we’ve come into Newcastle and we wanted to make sure we did it properly.”
Richard and Tracey Reid, of Islington, had the right idea, too.
They pedalled along the cycleway that hugs the harbour with a picnic basket on the handlebars for a relaxed evening of food and fireworks.
They set up in the ideal spot at Honeysuckle with the fireworks launching right over their heads.
“We didn’t want a really late night so we thought we’d watch the early fireworks,” Mr Reid said.
“We used to watch them from the marina, but we thought this would be simple and fun.”
Mr Reid said 2015 was a good year and he had big plans for 2016.
Meanwhile, David Romeo spent his first New Year’s Eve off in eight years in Honeysuckle with his wife Sandy Romeo and their children, Siena, Luca and Olivia.
“It’s been a long day, but I’m pretty fortunate that I get to spend it with my family,” Mr Romeo said.
Then, finally, it was time.
All eyes turned to the sky as the first fireworks were launched from nearby Dyke Point.
The spectacular 12-minute display was met with a round of applause as the last cracker rang out.