What to do on New Year’s Eve in Adelaide 2019/2020

Celebrate in South Australia's capital in style with these top ideas for New Year's Eve in Adelaide.

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Fireworks in Adelaide for NYE.

New Year's Eve party-goers in Adelaide aren't short on anything, from glamorous parties to family-friendly events.

As it does every year, The City of Adelaide puts on a big splash at Elder Park, and the fireworks at Glenelg and Port Adelaide vie for attention with carnivals all day and night for the whole family.

So plan early to make the most of New Year's Eve in Adelaide to ring in the new year.

Where to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Adelaide

  • City of Adelaide fireworks at Elder Park. Fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Locals know Elder Park well. It's the heart of the action every year with live music, dance groups, food and drink and front-row fireworks right on the river. It's a classic choice for New Year's Eve and is also child-friendly. Festivities begin at 6pm and vantage points include in front of the Festival Centre, at centre stage and on a boat cruising the River Torrens.
  • New Year's Eve at the Bay, Glenelg and Brighton Foreshore. Fireworks at 9.30pm and midnight. Get down to Holdfast Bay to ring in 2020. The free, family-friendly event includes kids’ entertainment, live music and food and drink stalls. The festivities kick off at 5:30pm and the early fireworks show will be at Glenelg and Brighton jetties. The main fireworks show at midnight will be at Glenelg jetty only. Full details TBC.
  • Semaphore Beach Fireworks, Port Adelaide. Fireworks at 9:30pm and midnight. Bring the whole family for a night of festivities with a carnival-themed party flanked by the bustling streets of Port Adelaide. It’s a free event and offers a family-friendly firework time of 9:30pm, followed by the big event at midnight.

What's on? The best New Year's Eve parties, events and dinners in Adelaide


  • Intercontinental Adelaide New Year's Eve: Riverside Restaurant is where all the cool kids will be on New Year's Eve. Its celebration features a 3-course dinner, endless sweets in the form of a dessert buffet and those incredible riverside views of the fireworks.
  • Adelaide Casino New Year's Eve: The party doesn't stop at the Adelaide Casino and the place to be is Madame Hanoi. Chow down on SA king prawns, crayfish bao and Vietnamese tiramisu as you toast to the new year. You'll nab two glasses of bubbly for it too when you book a table for this special 4-course dinner, one upon arrival and one at midnight. Tickets from $110pp.
  • New Year's Eve Gala at Adelaide Convention Centre: Glam it up on the banks of Adelaide with a 4-course dinner, wine, live music and pyrotechnics display to set 2019 off with a bang. Formal attire is a must, as is your best countdown voice before the clock strikes midnight. Tickets are $199 per person.
  • Hilton Adelaide's New Year's Eve Dinner in Coal Cellar: Sit down to an intimate à la carte dinner before counting down to the big event at the luxe Hilton. Prices vary on an à la carte menu.
  • Glenelg Pier Hotel: Right by the beach in Glenelg, this year's event has yet to be announced but last year's included a 2.5-hour canape and drinks package from 9pm (including wine, beer and cider) and champagne at midnight.
  • New Year's Eve Party at Stamford Hotel in Glenelg: All about glitz and glamour, this party is themed after the roaring 20s, includes delicious food, outstanding cocktails and live entertainment. Tickets are $175+.
  • NYE Seafood Buffet at Promenade Stamford Hotel in Adelaide: Dig into South Australia's freshest seafood and traditional carvery items before 2020 strikes. First sitting 6-8pm is $99+ per adult and second sitting 9pm-12:30am is $169+ per adult.
  • Adelaide Oval RoofClimb: Finish the year off on a high... literally. Adelaide Oval RoofClimb is that once-in-a-lifetime experience and it runs all day New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Big Bash

Watching the cricket on New Year's Eve is an annual tradition. The game kicks off at 6.40pm but if you can steal away early head to the Riverbank or Southern Stand for the ideal vantage point of the 9pm fireworks.

Where to stay on New Year’s Eve in Adelaide

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