New Year’s Eve is the most highly anticipated night of the year for many. As one of the biggest urbanised countries in the world, Australia offers a diverse range of New Year’s Eve events, with most major cities showcasing a spectacular display of fireworks, various regional events and some major music festivals.
The countdown is on! Being one of the busiest times of the year, with summer holidays and Christmas combined, it is advised to start your festive planning well in advance.
Best places to spend New Year’s Eve
There’s a little something for everyone, from family-friendly fireworks to dancing the night away with friends. Here are some of the best New Year’s Eve events to bring in 2023.
New Year’s Eve Events: Sydney
The Sydney Harbour is famously known to host one of the grandest New Year’s Eve events in Sydney with its two pyrotechnic shows; family-friendly fireworks from 9pm and a midnight extravaganza to see in the new year.
If you’re looking for a more luxurious option, consider purchasing a ticket to one of the many cruises on offer for panoramic views to enjoy the fireworks. Picture sipping on champagne on an uncrowded catamaran, floating in the middle of the harbour as you revel in the magic.
If boats aren’t your thing, there are many ticketed and non-ticketed vantage points around the shores of Sydney Harbour. Grab some blankets, pack a picnic and prepare to settle in for the night.
New Year’s Eve Events: Melbourne
On any regular day this city comes alive like no other, so when it comes to New Year’s Eve events in Melbourne, you are guaranteed a great time no matter what you do. Adventure into the city and pick your choice of rooftop bar to get really close to the action or hire a boat with friends and meander along the Yarra river. You can also enjoy one of the many entertainment options from comedy to live music as the sky bursts into colour at Flagstaff Gardens or Alexandria Gardens.
If you prefer to keep your celebrations relaxed, the Treasury Gardens offer an easy option to enjoy tranquil surroundings and views of fireworks lighting up the city.
New Year’s Eve Events: Perth
When it comes to New Year’s Eve events in
Perth, they certainly spoil you for choice. Expect family-friendly events while
enjoying the Swan River fireworks and mind-blowing performances from live music
acts at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Those looking for a more adventurous option
might consider taking a ferry to Rottnest Island and ending the year with a
shimmering bang as you witness the firework display over the stunning Thomson
New Year’s Eve Events: Brisbane
New Year’s Eve events in Brisbane are focused on riverside fireworks, restaurant dining and partying the night away. The most renowned event occurs at South Bank beside the Brisbane River, where friends and family gather each year for free fireworks celebrations.
Regional New Year’s Eve Events
If you prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of cities and music festivals, there are plenty of low key New Year’s Eve events in and around regional Australia. From the Gold Coast to Darwin, no matter where you decide to go, there is something for everyone.
Ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate New Year’s Eve not once, not twice, but three times? Cameron Corner offers just that, as it’s bound by 3 different states (NSW, QLD & SA). Bring your camper and park under the night sky surrounded by the vast open Australian landscape.
Are you a lover of beer? Then the Launceston Beer Fest in Tasmania is the place for you. Offering two sets of firework displays, 1:1 brewer master class interactions, live music and the best produce that Tasmania has to offer.
Bathurst has to be one of the most diverse regions in New South Wales, steeped in history and natural beauty. Each year the Bathurst Regional Council provides a spectacular New Year’s Eve party in the park, bursting with life and excitement. Expect music, rides and of course; fireworks.
New Year’s Eve Festival Guide
There’s no better way to see in the new year than being out in the sun, with family or friends listening to live music. If you’re looking to travel to a great New Year’s Eve festival to see in 2023, check out the following list:
● Falls Festival (indie, rock, hip-hop, electronic, blues & roots) – Lorne, VIC; Marion Bay, Tasmania; Byron Bay, NSW; Fremantle, WA
● Lost Paradise (indie, electronic & hip-hop) – Glenworth Valley, NSW
● Beyond The Valley (electronic, dance, indie & hip-hop) – Lardner, VIC
New Year’s Eve falls on one of the busiest times of year in Australia so whether you’re keeping it local or venturing across the state, remember, planning is essential.