Video: Sydney's new year fireworks

  • 01/01/2017

Sydney Harbour was ablaze with light, colour and music on Sunday morning, as revellers marked the arrival of 2017.

The fireworks display captivated crowds, with seven tonnes of pyrotechnics shot off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and nearby barges.

A tribute to music legend Prince was a highlight of the night's entertainment, with purple rain showering the harbour where an estimated 1.5 million people had gathered.

Prince, best-known for hits including '1999', 'Little Red Corvette' and 'Purple Rain', died in April, one of many music legends who passed away in 2016.

The fireworks show cost $7 million. Further west in Melbourne, they proved money isn't everything, only spening $500,00 on a display that wowed crowds.

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About 200,000 people watched the show in Brisbane, where the fireworks went off at an early 8:30pm.

Elsewhere in Australia, two men died in fireworks-related incidents. A 52-year-old man suffered fatal head injuries after being struck by a firework, and a 48-year-old man died at a beach after a firecracker exploded in his hand.