It's 2011 Somewhere: Australia Rings in New Year

The celebrations have begun...

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2010 7:07 AM CST

(Newser) – You may be just waking up, but it's already 2011 somewhere—namely Australia and New Zealand, the first major countries to see the new year. Sydney celebrated with what's been touted as the world's most sophisticated New Year's fireworks display, the BBC reports. So, while you're waiting for your own clock to hit midnight, enjoy these shots of the festivities.

The sky above tall Sydney city buildings light up with the 9pm fireworks display on the new year's eve in Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
The sky above tall Sydney city buildings light up with the 9pm fireworks display on the new year's eve in Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks are let off to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2011 in Gisborne, New Zealand.
Fireworks are let off to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2011 in Gisborne, New Zealand.   (Getty Images)
Fans dance near the Vines stage on December 31, 2010 in Gisborne, New Zealand.
Fans dance near the Vines stage on December 31, 2010 in Gisborne, New Zealand.   (Getty Images)
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9 p.m. fireworks display on the new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9 p.m. fireworks display on the new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
A curtain of fireworks cascades over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 9 pm fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
A curtain of fireworks cascades over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 9 pm fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9 p.m. fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9 p.m. fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9pm fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9pm fireworks display on new year's eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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