Greeting the new year in Sydney
If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney for the extravaganza, then the Sydney Daily Telegraph reports it will be an expensive item. It claims it can cost $130 (about £83) a night to stay in a 10-bed dorm at backpacker hostels and $A1700 (about £1,090) for a suite at the Hyatt Hotel which is located just under Sydney Harbour Bridge and which has the best vantage. Yes, we are used to having to pay more at new year to stay and eat but this seems quite high. But that’s what happens. But how often does a government charge for things as well?
According to the newspaper, the state government – New South Wales – will charge up to $125 for people to lounge in one of the state parks that are dotted around the harbour. It also says that the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is staging a premium new event on Clark Island, charging $440 per adult for a gourmet picnic hamper and a ferry trip, with entertainment and drinks.
I suppose the government – like all governments – has to find the money from somewhere for its policies but it could be accused of milking the event. In fairness though, in the Botanic Gardens at a place called Mrs Macquarie’s Chair you can sit there for nothing along with an expected 20,000 other people. In all a million people at least will be somewhere nearby watching the fireworks.
Back over here in London, the fireworks on the Thames have improved as mayor Boris has tried to position London as the place to be on New Year’s Eve. He has a long way to go to rival Sydney but at least it won’t cost us anywhere near as much to stand on the embankment and watch!
Happy New Year to all our readers wherever you may be seeing the new year in.