Find out what’s on for New Year’s Eve in Brisbane and celebrate in style.
Brisbane's calling card and jewel crown is the Brisbane River. It's flanked on all sides by swanky bars, high-end restaurants and hotels, and Brisbane’s vibrant nightlife scene.
It also lights up every New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks display and a range of activities and parties for young and old.
Find out where it’s at this year in Brisbane with this guide.
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When and where to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks
Where are the best spots to watch the fireworks?
- South Bank Parklands. This is one of the closest spots to the fireworks on New Year's Eve. It fills up quickly, so be sure to turn up early. Glass, metal cutlery, bikes, pets and alcohol are not allowed.
- Highgate Hills. The grassy knolls of Highgate Hills are more chilled out but still offer excellent views of the show.
- Mount Coot-tha. The iconic Mount Coot-tha is an unbeatable vantage point due to its height. Feel like you’re eye-to-eye with the display and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city.
- Eagle Street Pier. The cosmopolitan restaurant and bar precinct is a stylish spot to take in the fireworks over a meal or a glass of bubbly. It will be packed, so book your table or get in early for the best views.
- LaTrobe Terrace. The street will be pumping on New Year's Eve. While it's not waterfront, there are lots of great vantage points to take in the fireworks during the evening.
What are the best New Year’s Eve options for kids?
- The Brisbane Wheel. Hire a private gondola on the Brisbane Wheel and watch the fireworks from one of the city’s icons.
- South Bank Parklands. If you can stand the crowds, the South Bank Parklands offer a famously family-friendly, alcohol-free atmosphere.
New Year’s Eve cruises
When it comes to fireworks viewing spots, it doesn't get much more front row than on a boat on the Brisbane River. Ring in the new year under stars with these New Year’s Eve river cruises.
- New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise from Australian Explorer. See the Brisbane River by moonlight as you cruise by Kangaroo Cliffs, South Bank and the Botanic Gardens. The cruise sets off at 9pm and includes a three-course meal, a welcome drink and live entertainment all night.
- New Year’s Eve sailing cruise from Sail Free Charters. Get a group together for a private charter yacht cruise, available for groups of 13 to 75. The packages vary slightly. You can choose between BYO or fully catered.
- New Year’s Eve Party Cruise from Brisvegas Cruises. This one is for the party animals. Kick up your heels with an all-night DJ, hot and cold finger food, and a fully licensed bar.
- Kookaburra Showboat New Year’s Eve Cruise. Celebrate in extravagant style with a three-course meal, a welcome drink, live entertainment and prime fireworks viewing spots on one of the four outdoor decks.