New Year’s Eve in Australia: A Guide to what’s happening at your favourite Base locations... 09:33 AM on Fri 13 Dec 2013

So you’re celebrating Christmas and the New Year in Australia? But not sure where? Or how? Here are a few ideas...


Sydney Fireworks

Darling Harbour, Sydney



Australia’s most popular New Year’s Eve Event! What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than by watching the fireworks light up the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Take a bottle of champagne, nibbles, a rug and get in early to secure a spot on the waterfront for fantastic views of the firework displays! Fireworks commence at 9:00pm and at midnight and entertainment is provided throughout the entire evening. Alternatively, check out the website / app below listing all of the best viewing spots in Sydney and surrounding areas to witness the fireworks!


The Scary Canary

Sydney City


All Day Festival!

Midday right through to 3:00AM

Live DJs all day and all night! Drink Specials! $6 Meals! 

Sydney Harbour Party

Darling Harbour, Sydney


Havana Brown, Ian Carey & a truckload of Australian DJ talent to help you bring in the New Year! With amazing views of the fireworks, Sydney Harbour Party is for the Adults – numerous bars scattered along Darling Harbour along with free rides and loads of entertainment.

From $129

Shore Thing

Bondi Beach


8:00pm – 2:00am

Welcome the New Year on Australia’s infamous stretch of beach! Shore Thing will feature a number of DJs including Skrillex. This beach side festival has been favoured by locals and visitors alike since 2005.

Fro $189

NYE at the Harbour

Cargo Bar & Lounge

Darling Harbour, Sydney city



From $89

Send off 2013 with various Australian electronic artists including Van She, Bag Raiders and Art Vs Science


Fireworks at Southbank

Brisbane City


Live music from 2:00PM

Fireworks display at 8:30pm and midnight

Overlooking Brisbane River, Southbank parklands welcome tens of thousands of visitors and locals each New Year! Offering amazing views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, this family friendly event will feature live music and entertainment. Get in early to secure a spot.


NYE Summer Slam Party

Down Under Bar & Grill

Brisbane City


Join Down Under Bar & Grill this New Year’s Eve for their Beach Lau themed party! Giveaways, Foam Machines, Live DJs and more!

Brisbane New Year’s Eve Ball


7:30pm – 1:00am

RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

This year’s well known NYE Ball is themed black tie formal / I wish I was. Price includes alcoholic beverages, rides, music and 3 stages of entertainment!

From $145

Falls Festival

Byron Bay, south of Brisbane

31/12/13 – 2/01/14

3 days of music and a general chilled vibe including The Wombats, Vampire Weekend and The Cat Empire. Falls Festival is one of Australia’s favourite New Year’s Eve Festivals. Camping is the most popular mode of accommodation and the festival offers food stalls, workshops and an atmosphere that is sure to see you welcome 2014 with a smile.

From $310 for 3 days

Woodford Folk Festival

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

29/12/13 – 01/01/14

Located in the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland just 1 hour north of Brisbane, this 3 day camping festival features music, street theatre, a film festival, comedy acts, workshops and more! This is the ultimate chilled out festival and includes a range of artists including Swamp Thing, Sticky Fingers and The Hoochers.

From $132


New Year’s Eve at Federation Square


8:30pm start

Celebrate in the heart of Melbourne City at Federation Square. This family friendly event offers amazing views of the fireworks, activities and entertainment.  


NYE Free Entry Party

Base St Kilda Bar

St Kilda, Melbourne


You will struggle to find FREE entry on NYE in Melbourne. DJ Nolan 9PM onwards. $10  Buckets! Glow Stick everywhere!


NYE Dance Cruise – Ship Ahoy

Yarra River, Melbourne City


7:00pm start

Get front row seats to the New Year’s Eve fireworks as you cruise through Melbourne City along the Yarra River. Price includes DJs, finger food and a welcome glass of champagne.

From $145

St Kilda Block Party

Secret Garden, Metrapol, St Kilda

St Kilda, Melbourne



Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Melbourne’s favourite beach side suburb. An abundance of DJs will perform in the garden – like bar from 2:00PM

From $25

New Years Eve Beach Party

The Wharf Hotel, Docklands, Melbourne City



The city side wharf is transformed into a beach themed festival showground, featuring DJs, food stalls and fantastic views of the fireworks on Yarra River. The 5 hour drink package includes basics and finger food. 

From $135




New Years Day Pool Party

Down Under Bar & Grill

Airlie Beach


Ministry of Sound DJ Tom Piper and friends will get the New Years Day celebrations started at this pool side party.



New Years Eve Celebrations on Daydream Island

Daydream Island Resort, Whitsunday islands


6:00PM – 2:00AM

3 course dinner, live music, fireworks and entertainment

From $90




Full Moon Down Under

Base Backpackers, Magnetic Island



Tropical island. Amazing Live DJs. Ashton Shuffle. Plump DJs. Peking Duk. Motorz. Beach front Bar and Accommodation. What more can I say?

From $105




NYE Celebrations Cairns Esplanade


6:00PM – late

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Cairns Esplanade. Fireworks display at 9PM and midnight. Live entertainment. Family friendly rides and activities. Marques will be set up for adults to enjoy fine dining and alcoholic beverages on the esplanade.


Fitzroy Island Party

Departs Cairns


Departs 6:15PM or 8:30PM

Tickets include return ferry transfers from Cairns, party at the island Foxy Bar, light meal and welcome drink, games and club entry upon return to Cairns.

From $85

Heroes vs Villians

Gilligans Backpacker Resort, Cairns City


Live DJs on two levels. Choose to dress as either a hero or villain

From $20

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Mel: 04:18 PM, Fri 03 Jan 2014
You have it all covered! Thanks for the post.

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