How to celebrate New Year’s Eve around Australia

21 September 2017

From sipping champagne by the harbour to partying the night away in a luxe hotel, experiencing New Year’s Eve out of your home state is a great way to see a different side to another city.


Nothing beats a balmy summer night in Queensland, and New Year’s Eve is one of the best times to experience Brisbane at its best. South Bank is one of the more popular places for welcoming another year with South Bank Parklands providing the perfect space for families to enjoy watching the early fireworks show before 9pm. The restaurants and bars of South Bank provide adults with everything from all-inclusive, ticketed parties to fun themed nights while a cruise along the Brisbane River is fun for people of all ages.


Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a bucket list experience for both locals and travellers from further afield. Sydney Harbour is undoubtedly the focal point of New Year’s Eve, so it’s wise to plan ahead to get the best position. Harbourside hotel rooms and penthouses with balconies are booked out well in advance, but well worth splurging on for a New Year’s Eve to remember. Vantage points along the harbour are hotly contested, with crowds lining up early to nab prime picnic rug space at popular viewing spots like Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. For the ultimate experience, book a spot on a private yacht or chartered cruise to see the fireworks explode right above your head. Not interested in getting amongst the crowds in the CBD? Thankfully Sydney’s impressive fireworks displays can be seen from surrounding areas like Potts Point, Woolloomooloo, Glebe, Balmain, Rozelle and North Sydney, so look to hotels and bars in those areas to see the fireworks, minus the crush of people.


As Australia’s second largest New Year’s Eve celebration, Melbourne sees about 700,000 people descend upon the city to ring in the New Year. The Yarra River and Federation Square are two well-trodden hotspots, with fireworks display viewing and roving entertainment proving popular. Visitors to Melbourne should pounce on the opportunity to indulge in Melbourne’s impressive food and wine scene on New Year’s Eve. On the final night of the year, most restaurants host special, all-inclusive dinners. From multi-course degustation experiences with matching wines to themed dinners big on the fun factor, sitting down to a decadent dinner is an oh-so Melbourne way to welcome the New Year.


As a city enjoying a rise in popularity and growth, Adelaide is a great place to enjoy a luxe hotel stay right in the heart of the city on New Year’s Eve. Book into one of Adelaide’s five-star hotels to spend a night celebrating right in the centre of Adelaide. Forget having to walk the streets or find public transport back to your hotel and enjoy the night ensconced in superior luxury. The InterContinental Adelaide typically runs a special New Year’s Eve food and wine event in the hotel while Adelaide’s newest five-star boutique hotel the Mayfair Hotel has both a rooftop bar and in-house restaurant perfect for a night of fine dining and wine drinking. Further afield, Adelaide’s small bar culture has thrived in recent years, with cool drinking dens like Clever Little Tailor, Proof Bar, Maybe Mae and Mr Goodbar delivering a bespoke cocktail experience. Starting the night in one of Adelaide’s small bars all but guarantees a good night!


The capital of Tasmania has come a long way in recent years, with the city’s art, culture and food scenes boosting tourism to the region. Despite not really being the type of place to spend in loud nightclubs or all-night parties, Hobart is still a top New Year’s destination. On the night of the 31st December, fireworks displays light up the city and with many of the boats that competed in the Sydney to Hobart Race moored in the Derwent River, it’s a great time to soak up the celebratory atmosphere that comes with the conclusion of such an epic race. Running from late December to early January, the Taste of Tasmania festival is a week-long celebration of Tassie’s award-winning food producers and with New Year’s Eve falling smack-bang in the middle of the festival, visitors can head to the waterfront to sample premium Tasmanian's wine, cheese, cider, beer, seafood, and whisky when in town.


Slow-paced Darwin celebrates New Year’s Eve in its own special way. The Darwin Waterfront is a top spot for families to enjoy a low-key evening of fireworks and family-friendly live music entertainment. Bring along a picnic rug, comfy chairs and gourmet bites from the supermarket to settle in for a balmy evening by the water. Later on, the clubs, pubs and bars along Mitchell Street spring to life with local DJs pumping until the early hours of the morning.


Perth’s laidback coastal vibes and notoriously good weather makes for a relaxed New Year’s break. Choose to head over to Rottnest Island on the ferry to celebrate away from the mainland, or enjoy a chilled out cruise on the Swan River complete with caviar and champagne. An all-in-one option for people who like to have all the action at their fingertips, a stay at Perth’s Crown Promenade, Crown Towers or Crown Metropol ensures a cruisy New Year’s Eve with food, wine, entertainment and accommodation all under one roof.

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