I didn't feel up to staying for the full midnight experience, stunning though it was, so we decamped after the 9pm show - working our way up MacQuarie street against the tide of merrymakers heading to the Domain and Botanic Gardens. It was a perfect night for it - balmy weather and a gentle breeze. We walked to the back streets of Darlinghurst and had a coffee at Bills before catching the bus home.
New Years Day was a swim and snorkel at Clovelly with a bit of sandcastle building on the side.
A great way to start 2009.