Hundreds arrested as Australia welcomes 2013

POLICE in the nation's biggest cities were largely happy with New Year's Eve revellers, despite hundreds of people being arrested in Sydney, Melbourne and south-east Queensland during the night.

Some 65,000 people gathered at South Bank in Brisbane to see in the New Year, with 62 people arrested on 89 charges, mostly on public nuisance and liquor offences.

Another 50,000 people partied at Surfers Paradise, where 121 people were arrested on 131 charges.

Only 97 people were charged with offences, among the more than 1.5 million people partying in Sydney.

Among the charges police laid in the New South Wales capital were: drug supply and possession, assault, affray, assaulting police, breach of bail, offensive behaviour and malicious damage.

In Melbourne, police praised the conduct of most revellers, despite 356 people arrested during the night.

Of those arrested, 240 were taken in for being drunk in a public place, while 55 drink drivers were caught across Victoria.

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