Australia prepares to welcome 2017

Australia prepares to welcome 2017 Australians are set to welcome in 2017 with a bang, with tens of thousands already in positions at Sydney Harbour and other sites around the country to take in the New Year's Eve celebrations.

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5 million people are expected to attend the world-famous $7 million extravaganza on Sydney Harbour.

More than 20,000 fireworks will be shot from the Harbour Bridge on Saturday night, with the entire structure to be lit up as part of the dazzling show.

A family fireworks show is scheduled for 9pm, with a 12-minute display to light the night sky for the main event at midnight.

David Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder will be honoured in the midnight pyrotechnics as an estimated seven tonnes of fireworks are let loose over the harbour.

A crowd of 200,000 people is expected in Brisbane, where one of the biggest fireworks shows will take place at South Bank.

On the Gold Coast, 50,000 revellers are expected to pack Surfers Paradise.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says extra officers will be deployed in all crowded areas and about 270 individual police operations would take place across the state.

Half-a-million people are expected to flock to the CBD in Melbourne for the fireworks with authorities encouraging revellers to enjoy the night.

Police in Tasmania have vowed to to tackle illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour, especially at the annual Falls Festival southeast of Hobart.

In South Australia 50,000 Big Bash League fans at Adelaide Oval are expected to spill over to other events.

West Australians will usher in the new year a bit later but a reported 20,000 have kicked off festivities at the annual Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse.

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