New Year’s Eve is a time of great hope, anticipation and excitement around the world. In Australia it’s one of the most significant occasions in the social calendar, typically celebrated together with friends, drinking champagne, watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks, and joining in the countdown to midnight! The biggest and most impressive Australian fireworks display is held each year in Sydney. Here is how the occasion is celebrated in capital cities across the country:
Sydney: Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is an event that attracts both locals and travellers from further afield. Sydney Harbour is undoubtedly the focal point of New Year’s Eve. In 2017, an estimated 1.5 million people packed the Sydney harbour foreshore for the world-famous midnight pyrotechnics extravaganza. The total cost was a whopping $7 million for the 9pm and midnight show.
Melbourne: Australia’s second largest New Year’s Eve celebration sees about 700,000 people descend upon Melbourne to ring in the New Year. Popular hotspots include Federation Square and the Yarra River, with a fireworks display and entertainment making a fun evening for all. For those who prefer to welcome the new year with food and wine, Melbourne’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene is awash with both classy and casual options.
Brisbane: New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting times to experience the best of Brisbane, with South Bank being one of the more popular places to celebrate. The South Bank Parklands provide a perfect space to view the 8:30pm and midnight fireworks. The precinct also includes a multitude of fine dining options, and allows adults to book everything from all-inclusive ticketed parties to fun themed nights. A cruise along the Brisbane River is an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Adelaide: As a city rising in popularity and growth, Adelaide is competing to be “the place” to welcome a new year. Many of the inner-city hotels offer functions with fantastic views of the fireworks on the River Torrens. In recent years, the Big Bash cricket has hosted matches on New Year’s Eve, offering sports fans an exciting night out, followed by the traditional fireworks display.
Hobart: The capital of Tasmania has come a long way in recent years. While not focused on loud nightclubs or all-night parties, Hobart is still a great New Year’s destination. Fireworks light up the Derwent river while many yachts from the Sydney-Hobart race are moored below. This makes for a dual celebration of the new year, and the bravery of the crews who competed in the iconic race.
Darwin: Slow-paced Darwin celebrates New Year’s Eve in its own special way. The Darwin Waterfront is ideal to enjoy a low-key, family-friendly evening of fireworks and live music entertainment. Settle in for a balmy evening by the water with your picnic rug, a comfy chair, and some gourmet goodies, before moving to the pubs and bars along Mitchell Street with local DJs pumping until the early hours of the morning.
Perth: Laidback coastal vibes and good weather makes Perth a great choice for a relaxed New Year’s break. Take the ferry over to Rottnest Island to celebrate away from the mainland, or enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Swan River complete with caviar and champagne as the fireworks burst overhead. Alternatively, there are a multitude of functions at venues across the city where you can drink and dine the night away.
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