Three Times the Party in Australia

Party, Party, Party... three millennium celebrations planned in one small town

(Everything2000) One party just won't be enough at Cameron's Corner, a remote settlement in Australia's Outback. The tiny village straddles three state boundaries and therefore plans to ring in the New Year three times.

You would think it must be a pretty big town for such a New Year's Eve celebration. Not so- the village population is four. That's right, four people live in Cameron's Corner about 740 miles northwest of Sydney. However, with so much going on this year the population will hit 1,000, so this is going to be quite an event.

Cameron's Corner is the only spot in Australia where three states and three different time zones meet. There is one small local bar in town and it is throwing three parties in celebration. All three will take place in just one hour and one minute.

The party will begin in New South Wales where midnight there is 8 a.m. EST. A half an hour later the partygoers will walk a few yards to South Australia to repeat the process. Thirty minutes later they will stagger their way into Queensland which is a short walk, but one hour behind New South Wales in time.

The area's four residents will be there to play host to travelers from Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and other locations. When you are a village of only four it takes a bit of preparation to deal with 1,000 visitors. The local bar owner said the huge level of interest took her by surprise, but she decided to make her guests feel at home. Lindy Williams said transportable bars and toilets will be brought in to deal with the crowd. In fact, William's said they would even get some fireworks for the big event.

There is just one small spot where all three time zones meet, so who will get to stand there? That special seat is being auctioned off and the highest bidder will get the honors. The money raised will go to Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service.

So if you want to party, party and party some more head to Cameron's Corner where you can ring in the year 2000 three times!

Source: Associated Press

DATE: 12/28/99

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