Most popular New Year’s Eve destinations in 2020: Surprise, Illawarra is on the list

Posted: 21 December 2020 4:30 pm

These are the top 10 locations to bring in 2021 across Australia.

Just because 2020 has changed the way we celebrate doesn't mean you have to forget about an epic New Year's Eve. In saying this, Expedia has revealed the trending destinations for a NYE spent away.

Keep reading to find out which cities made the cut, what you can get up to while you're there and the stays that are still available for bookings.

Holiday home availability is based off a stay between Thursday 31 December 2020 and Sunday 3 January 2021.

1. Gold Coast

First up, we have one of Queensland's favourite holiday spots. With stretches of sandy beaches and strips of shopping streets, the Gold Coast makes for an ideal NYE getaway that's sure to keep the whole family happy. Just because the fireworks display is cancelled for this year's celebrations doesn't mean the fun stops there.

2. North Coast

Almost 700km of coastline make up the New South Wales north coast, so it can be tricky figuring out where to book. We recommend taking the long weekend to explore the streets and shores of Byron Bay. Situated at the very top end of the state, it offers a quieter celebration when bringing in the new year. You'll want to get your fedora out for this one.

3. Sydney

Still keen to celebrate another go around the sun in the heart of Sydney? No worries. While open spaces to view the firework displays are open to frontline workers only this year, it doesn't mean you have to miss out altogether. Book yourself in with a city-centre stay, enjoy the view from your balcony and make the most of what Sydney has to offer while you're there.

Sunshine Coast

4. Sunshine Coast

Make the most of the warm weather this December/January with a trip to the renowned Sunshine Coast. Similar to most of the hot-spot destinations in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast provides a beach-side escape if all you want to do is get the sand in-between your toes.

5. South Coast

Want to escape the scorching temperatures of Sydney this NYE? The NSW South Coast might just be the destination for you. With endless possibilities with where to book, we think a stay in the quiet streets of Jervis Bay will do the trick.

6. Cairns

Escape to another hot spot in our sunshine state for the end of 2020. This one might be a bit of a no brainer as it's one of the few spots in Queensland that's hosting a traditional NYE event. Catch the midnight fireworks display from Cairns Esplanade or Palm Cove Jetty at 8:30pm. Make a weekend of it and take to the water to bring in the new year.

Whitsunday Coast

7. Whitsundays

It's one of Australia's most recognisable destinations, so it is no surprise that it has made the NYE most popular locations list. With year-round summer temperatures, wake up in 2021 with the soft blue waters of the Whitsunday coastline. Choose between mainland stays or head out onto Hamilton Island for an extra luxurious experience.

8. Central Coast

Get back to nature this New Year's Eve with a trip to the NSW Central Coast. From horseback riding to bring in the first day of 2021 to simply rowing through the quiet creeks, this one's for those of you after an outdoor adventure.

9. Illawarra

Located around an hour south of Sydney, Illawarra offers a sleepy escape from the busy streets of the city. It provides the ideal getaway for those of you looking to get out of Sydney without needing to drive very far – perfect for a family-friendly weekend away.

Girl in winery

10. Adelaide

And last but certainly not least, we have the South Australia capital. It seems a beach-side getaway isn't the only way to close 2020. With the Adelaide Hills and the bustling CBD right at your fingertips, your NYE plans just sorted themselves out.

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