Monday was the night everyone was waiting for - The Earth's only permanent natural satellite would come closer to our planet than any full moon since 1948. This event won't repeat itself until 2034.
Sydney's east-facing beaches hosted tens of thousands of people, ready with cameras and telescopes.
The energy in the air was exhilarating. But the thick cloud cover meant many were sadly disappointed. From Bondi to Bronte beaches, the eagerly-awaited moonrise was nowhere to be seen.
As night fell, however, the crowds were finally pleased when the moon peeked shyly out of the clouds. Earthlings cheered and clapped at the sight of their brighter-than-usual moon, and were delighted with its beautiful reflection on the ocean tides.
Even though many thought the moon didn't look as large as expected, the event was received with almost the same festive anticipation as Sydney's New Years fireworks - only it didn't cost taxpayers as much.