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01/01/2017 1:33 AM AEDT | Updated 01/01/2017 1:37 AM AEDT

The World Is Welcoming 2017 In Spectacular Style

AP via PA
AP via PA
AP via PA

Sydney’s famous harbour bridge has been lit up in spectacular style to welcome 2017.

Australia’s best known city sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016’s fallen icons with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display honouring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder.

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Australia’s best known city sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016’s fallen icons

Sydney was the second major city behind Auckland, New Zealand, to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year.

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Sydney was the second major world city to bid farewell to 2016

The glittering display over Sydney’s famed harbour and bridge featured Saturn and star-shaped fireworks set to “Space Oddity,” the classic song by Bowie - one of the seemingly endless parade of beloved entertainers who died in 2016.

Watch the amazing spectacle, above.

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The glittering display over Sydney’s famed harbour and bridge featured Saturn and star-shaped fireworks

Wilder was also honored as the bridge lit up in a rainbow of colors while a song from Wilder’s famed film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” played, the Associated Press reported.

“This year, sadly, we saw the loss of many music and entertainment legends around the world,” Sydney fireworks show co-producer Catherine Flanagan said. “So celebrating their music as part of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks displays is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and what the future may hold.”

New Zealanders were among the first to welcome 2017 on Saturday in great style at Auckland’s famous Sky Tower. 

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New Zealanders became the first to welcome 2017 on Saturday in great style

The tower’s pyrotechnic display included 500kgs of fireworks, one tonne of equipment and 10 kilometres of wire.

It comes as security services step up their protection of major New Year’s Eve events amid concerns over terror attacks.

In Pictures: The World Welcomes 2017