Australia will cautiously welcome the new year with historically low audience numbers expected at fireworks and events across the country.
After a tumultuous 2021, Australians will be among the first in the world to call in the new year when the clock ticks towards midnight on Friday.
In Perth, where a new case of COVID-19 was registered on Friday and exposure sites were added, events have been reduced, with nightclubs closed and festivals canceled due to health restrictions.
Fireworks and family-friendly experiences will continue in the city, including a sky show at. 21.00 and midnight viewing.
Here is your guide to welcoming in 2022 in Perth.
There will be a stack for families to make in Perth at the City on New Year’s Eve.
Forrest Place will host a twilight market from noon. 16.30 and an installation of Christmas light trails.
There will be comedy act and circus performances among the entertainment at Yagan Square from 6 p.m.
Northbridge Piazza will host free movie screenings of The Secret Life of Pets at 17.30 and Sing from kl. 19.00
20.30 there will be what is described as “a daring and graceful” air show at the digital tower at. 20.30.
Street performers and itinerant entertainers – including magicians, jugglers and stilt walkers – will pack William Street.
The Perth Cultural Center will host the annual Festive Land, which features a mix of carnival rides and games, while the WA Museum extends its opening hours to 6 p.m.
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Where to see fireworks
Perth will host two sets of fireworks: one at. 21.00 viewing and a midnight cracker show to ring in 2022.
For the more kid-friendly time, head to Yagan Square and the Perth Cultural Center for the best view.
If you keep going to the midnight show, you can see it all from Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Center, Northbridge Piazza or William Street.
If it’s not for you to take in the city, check out the schedule of fireworks events around the metro area here.
Perth’s New Year’s events will continue in line with the current COVID-19 restrictions in place for the Perth and Peel regions.
Revelers participating in The City in New Year’s Eve entertainment zone must wear masks and check in via the SafeWA app.
Mandates for masks and seated service only for the hospitality industry remain in place.
Here is a list of events that are still going on despite restrictions, and others forced to cancel.
After a record-breaking Christmas heat wave, temperatures have dropped to ensure that the New Year celebration becomes much more pleasant and enjoyable.
The weather bureau predicts that Perth will reach a peak of 32C on Friday.
The sunny end of the year continues into 2022, with a maximum of 29C expected on January 1st.
It will warm up on Sunday – with a peak of 33C – before those returning to work on Monday will be greeted by 37C.
New Year’s Eve will have access to free, frequent and safe travel home with free travel on the Transperth network from midnight onwards.
“With the free public transport, there really is no excuse for drinking and driving,” said Police Minister Paul Papalia.
Masks will be mandatory in public transportation unless you are exempt from wearing one.
Authorities have promised an enhanced presence at this year’s hotspots, with extra officers on the list to ensure partygoers can enjoy New Year’s Eve in a safe environment.
Special police from the water police, mounted unit and the police air wing will also assist with the police effort on New Year’s Eve.
Police will also be out in force on WA’s roads targeting motorists who engage in dangerous driving behavior, including drug and drink driving, speeding or using phones.