Star turn ... Kylie Minogue at Lord Mayor Clover Moore's elegant party at the Opera House. Photo: Scott Weston
As the northern hemisphere rang in the new year with a shiver, Sydney's biggest annual party continued on Tuesday at a series of extravagant events attracting the famous, the beautiful and the wannabes.
The usual assortment of celebrities, many home for the holidays, were due at Icebergs, which has traditionally been where the glamour set welcomes the New Year, celebrating high above the crashing surf.
But this year Icebergs has some serious competition from Rose Bay's Catalina, which is the scene of a celebrity-laden party hosted by former Sneaky Sound System performer Daimon Downey and Tim Holmes a Court, who are also partners in the Double Bay bar Pelicano.
Ricki-Lee Coulter performs at the Lord Mayor's party. Photo: Scott Weston
James and Erica Packer made a brief showing at the venue, looking refreshed. Their latest superyacht, the $50 million Seahorse, is conveniently moored just off Catalina.
Among the crowd is Erika Heynatz, Laura Csortan, Ian Thorpe, Silverchair's Chris Joannou, Katrina Warren and hotelier Paul Schulte.
Downey has had his trademark long hair cut off, and no one seems to be recognising him.
The backing dancers come to the fore. Photo: Scott Weston
At Icebergs, Kylie Minogue is tipped to appear, fresh from her star turn at Lord Mayor Clover Moore's elegant party at the Opera House.
The pop siren had the official duty of pressing a giant red button to launch the midnight fireworks display.
Celebrity vet and Bondi local Chris Brown revealed he had a quiet New Year's Eve in preparation for the Icebergs bash.
With so many models, footballers and fashion types at the Bondi institution, it's a tough crowd to stand out in - no matter how genetically blessed you are.
Model Bambi Northwood-Blyth and her boyfriend, party boy Dan Single, set the tone quickly, racing for the nearest mirror on arrival to pose for their own photos.
Footballer Adam Goodes was spotted soaking up the ambience, while host Maurizio Terzini said he was expecting 500 people at Icebergs.
Celebrity revellers Leonardo Di Caprio, Jamie Foxx and DJ Samantha Ronson flew out of Canberra airport after partying hard at The Star casino.
They were understood to be en route to Las Vegas for their international New Year Tour Of Duty.