New Year’s Eve in Australia

November 30, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Things To Do, Travel Tips

NYE in Australia

New Year’s Eve in Australia. Photo by Andrea Schaffer via Flickr.

New Year’s Eve in Australia brings the biggest parties of the year to its major cities. Everyone in the world would be familiar with the big fireworks show that occurs in Sydney, but travelers will be happy to know that huge celebrations occur in nearly all of the major cities across the country.

If you want a party for your new year countdown, you might want to get out of the Outback and hop over to one of the following cities by December 31st!


Being the biggest and most populous city in the country, it is no wonder why the New Year’s Eve party is also of the highest caliber. In fact, since Sydney is one of the first major cities around the world to celebrate the big ball dropping, the fireworks and festivities are often televised around the world for nearly 1 billion people to view. The main event in Sydney would be the fireworks extravaganza that takes place right on the Sydney Harbour Bridge – which is accompanied by a light show and music. Sydneysiders gather to major vantage points around the city – especially to rooftops, parks and gardens – and while away the day with barbecues and beers in anticipation.


Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are comparable to that of Sydney’s. The main show is the fireworks spectacular that launches from rooftops, and other areas the city, to a musical soundtrack. For the best, free entertainment and vantage points for the countdown and show, check out one of the four official precincts in Melbourne’s CBD. For family fun, head to the Yarra Park for some carnival rides, entertainment and performers. This event only runs until 10pm, however, so be prepared to catch the 9:30pm fireworks show instead of the ones at midnight.


Around midnight, nearly 50,000 people in the Brisbane area stop to watch the fireworks exploding over the Brisbane River; but the party doesn’t stop there. For a classy night, why not try a dinner cruise or get tickets to the famous Brisbane New Year’s Eve Ball.


Cairns brings the holiday fun with a huge fireworks display at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. Visitors are encouraged to come for the evening, bringing picnic blankets, chairs, food and sparklers while counting down the minutes to the next year. If you want more party in your New Year’s, Fitzroy Island hosts a special New Year’s Eve event that is ticket-only.


Perth’s Northbridge shuts down the streets early in the evening in order to give party-goers the ability to stroll casually and enjoy roaming performances, or to dine at open-air restaurants and cafes in preparation for the big night.

Brooke Schoenman

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