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A party in every city to rock out the old year

Date: December 31 2012

A glittering night planned by pop princess Kylie Minogue will lead New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney. And the famous Sydney fireworks, shown around the world, are promised not to disappoint.

As creative ambassador for Sydney's event, Minogue developed the event's theme, ''embrace'', and chose its colour scheme and soundtrack. ''I love the concept of embrace - it can mean so many different things, and I'm looking forward to embracing new possibilities for the next year,'' Minogue told reporters.

She will be honoured with a one-of-a-kind sparkling musical-note firework. The semiquaver will be one of 100,000 individual pyrotechnic creations this year, including koala, octopus and hand images up in lights.

''What we aim to do [each year] is to make it the best one - for people to go away and say 'that was the best display I've ever seen,' '' fireworks director Fortunato Foti said.

For those cities that don't have Kylie, there will still be celebrations with families, friends, champagne and fireworks.

Most capital cities are hosting two lots of fireworks - one at about 9pm for families and another at midnight.

Melbourne's skyline will be lit up like never before as New Year's Eve fireworks are launched from building tops across the city.

The City of Melbourne is expecting more than half a million people to flock to the city to welcome in 2013, with three official live sites featuring entertainment at Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Docklands.

At midnight, fireworks will be launched from 22 sites across the city - 18 from buildings.

''So the message is, if you can see the city skyline, then you will see the fireworks on New Year's Eve,'' lord mayor Robert Doyle said.

Fireworks will light up Brisbane's CBD with South Bank Parklands the place to be.

On the Gold Coast, organisers of the Surfers Paradise New Year's Eve celebrations are hoping a superhero theme will bring a more family-friendly crowd. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite superhero before attending one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state, with more than 10,000 fireworks to be released from Surfers Paradise beach.

Adelaide is also going for family-friendly events, with thousands expected to gather at the venues - Elder Park in the city and at seaside Glenelg. Organisers will keep drinkers separate from other party-goers at Elder Park.

A heatwave in Perth is likely to continue, with a forecast of 40 degrees for New Year's Eve before dropping to 36 on New Year's Day. That is not expected to keep people away from the festivities. Events include the City of Perth's free outdoor New Year's Eve Northbridge party.

And Hobart will get a chance to show off its newfound hipness to thousands in town for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and Tasmania's biggest event, the Taste Festival near Salamanca Place.

Proving Tasmania is the world's new avant-garde capital, US rockers the Flaming Lips will give up their annual Freakout New Year's Eve gig in the US to bring in 2013 at the Falls Festival, east of Hobart.

And to prove it's not too cool, there will also be fireworks. AAP

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