In Brisbane, where organisers said it would take a cyclone to stop the fireworks, it was a typically hot old night on the town, with pubs and clubs enjoying extended hours for the rolling party that engulfed the city centre and the nearby Fortitude Valley precinct.During daylight saving Queensland is one hour behind Sydney and Melbourne and Canberra (Australia's capital city), and one half hour behind Adelaide (which is in a different time zone to the Eastern seaboard), the same as Darwin.
Families packed the Brisbane River foreshore at Southbank for fireworks, while an estimated 30,000 revellers created a wall of noise in the Brunswick St Mall, where police were out in force to keep a lid on the festivities.
Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast were thronged.
In Adelaide, thousands gathered at Adelaide's Elder Park, on the banks of Lake Torrens, to watch the city's largest ever fireworks extravanganza to herald the New Year. The Adelaide City Council expected 30,000 people to fill the central city park to watch more than 7000 aerial effects, worth $66,000.
Update: Oops. Adelaide has Daylight Saving time, Darwin does not. And yes, Queensland is east of Adelaide and it is also a half hour behind Adelaide in Daylight Saving Time. Darwin and Perth don't mess around with their clocks.