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2018 has arrived: Fireworks galore as southern hemisphere rings in new year (VIDEOS)

Sunday - 31/12/2017 21:59
As the rest of the world prepares to party like it’s 1999 to ring in 2018, the New Year’s festivities have already kicked off in style across Asia and Australia.

Melbourne, Australia made a valiant effort with its New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics, but it’s fair to say that Sydney still reigns supreme with its world-famous (and almost deafening) fireworks display.

Fireworks light up the sky from building rooftops along the Yarra River during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne early on January 1, 2018. © Mal Fairclough / AFP
Fireworks light up the sky from building rooftops along the Yarra River during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne early on January 1, 2018. © Mal Fairclough / AFP
 

Not one to be outdone by its Aussie rivals, Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour put on a spectacular show to parallel Sydney.

In the Russian city of Vladivostok, meanwhile, a humble but elegant celebration was held in the city center.  

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