How to celebrate in style along the Brisbane River this New Years.
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 in Brisbane this year with this guide.
When and where to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Brisbane
The fireworks are set off all along the Brisbane River with the best vantage point being along South Bank and the focal point being Story Bridge.
There will be two shows:
- 8.30pm: Kids’ fireworks display
- Midnight: The main event
Where are the best spots to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks?
- South Bank Parklands. This is one of the closest spots to the fireworks on New Year's Eve. It fills up quickly, so turn up early. Glass, metal cutlery, bikes, pets and alcohol are not allowed.
- Highgate Hills. The grassy knolls of Highgate Hills are more chill 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. You'll feel like you’re eye-to-eye with the display and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from here.
- 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, South Bank Parklands offers a famously family-friendly, alcohol-free atmosphere.
New Year’s Eve Brisbane river 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.
- Kookaburra Showboat New Year’s Eve Cruise. Celebrate in extravagant style with a three-course meal, welcome drink, live entertainment and prime viewing spots on one of the four outdoor decks.
- New Year's Eve cruises on the Brisbane River with Sail Australia. Enjoy the perfect positioning for the fireworks at either 9am on a family-friendly cruise or at midnight with hot and cold finger food and DJ to get the party started.
- Brisbane Cruises New Year's Eve cruise. Avoid the crowds on shore by boarding the MV Lady Brisbane for a stylish night on the river capped off with the midnight fireworks. Cruise includes finger food and fork dish, drinks, desert and entertainment.
New Year's Eve Brisbane restaurants with packages and views
Secure your spot on the waterfront and get food, entertainment and drinks included with a table reservation at one of Brisbane's top riverfront restaurants. Here's who's offering packages on the night.
- Aria: Go all out this New Year's Eve (because she's worth it) at Matt Moran's star restaurant. On the menu tonight is a three-course wonder that must be paired with the venue's extensive wine list. Prices from $145pp. Multiple seatings available.
- Jade Buddha: Crack open the bubbly anyway you like at the waterfront Thai restaurant Jade Buddha. With three tiers of celebratory packages from a standard sliders, skewers and champagne option to a VIP package with spirits and a evening feast, it's got all the options. From $69pp.
- Riverside Bar and Kitchen: Tropicana is the theme of your NYE celebration at Riverside Bar and Kitchen. This cheap-as-chips will feature live music, a pop-up bar cocktails and that all-important fireworks vantage point. Food isn't included in the $30 cover charge but that just means you can have a cheap pre-dinner/drink elsewhere if that's your game.
What's on? The New Year's Eve Brisbane events you'll want in on
The party doesn't stop at these venues. They feature everything from burlesque to opera and will be buzzing come the stroke of midnight.
- Come What May @ GPO Hotel: Play it risque this year at GPO Hotel's Moulin Rouge inspired event. Featuring burlesque shows and Victorian era entertainment and private booths, the party runs into the early hours of the morning. Just like you'd expect at the real Moulin Rouge. Prices from $79pp.
- QLD Pops: New Year's Eve Gala with Mirusia: Stay classy, Brisbane and book your ticket to see the illustrious Mirusia sing alongside baritone Jason-Barry Smith in the QPAC Concert Hall. Timed to end just before the 9pm and midnight fireworks so you won't miss a thing. Prices from $98pp.