Sun, sand and a little bit of surf made for a spectacular afternoon at Belmore Basin on Thursday as families from near and far gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Prime firework-viewing spots were snatched up early, with camping chairs, picnic blankets and the odd small tent covering the length and breadth of the foreshore from 6pm.
Among those who got in early on the Blue Mile was three-year-old Mia-Rose Stott from Bulli, who wasted no time in staking her claim for a prized position in front of Wollongong Lighthouse.
Parents Annabelle Stott and Tim Gripton said Wollongong was an obvious choice over Sydney for their celebrations.
“It’s family friendly, close to home and there’s no drunken louts,” the pair said.