Australia welcomes in 2012

SYDNEY'S Harbour Bridge has stolen the show with a massive pulsating pyrotechnic rainbow and a cascading golden waterfall as Australians partied into the new year.

The rainbow, a symbol of hope and renewal in keeping with the theme of a Time to Dream, formed the centrepiece of the spectacular $6.5 million show, in which seven tonnes of pyrotechnics rocketed into a perfectly clear night sky.

More than 1.5 million people watched from vantage points around the harbour as multicoloured clouds, bow ties, spirals, hearts, smiley faces and rectangles turned the sky into a riot of light and colour.
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An estimated global audience of more than one billion watched on television.

Creative director Marc Newson's theme - which he said came with a message of hope for a better year ahead - was popular among those in the Botanic Gardens.

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