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

How to celebrate in style along the Brisbane River this New Years.

The end of December will be here before you know and we've got the goss on what's on to make sure 2019 goes out with a bang.

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 our 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.

There are two shows:

  • 8.30pm: Kids’ fireworks display
  • Midnight: The main event

Where are the best spots to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks?

The 2019/2020 fireworks haven't been announced yet but the schedule and vantage points don't typically change. Check this list to give you an idea of last year's fireworks sites.

Location What to expect
Clem Jones Promenade Along South Bank, this spot offers great views over the river to the city. There will be food trucks and family-friendly movies playing.
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.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens Watch the show over the Brisbane River at the river bend.
Captain Burke Park Situated right on the river near the Story Bridge, this park has great views over the river.
Portside Wharf Watch the fireworks show over the river from this precinct near the cruise terminal.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park Views of the fireworks across the Brisbane River toward the Botanic Gardens.
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.

Brisbane hotels for New Year's Eve

Rydges South Bank Brisbane


Stay in luxury at Rydges South Bank and enjoy the close proximity to the South Bank Parklands, Eagle Street Pier and La Trobe Terrace. Or stay in and watch the fireworks from your private balcony.

Brisbane Marriott


Centrally located close to the East Pier Bridge and a short stroll from New Year’s Eve festivities, the Marriott offers luxurious accommodation with spa, sauna and massage facilities and a beauty centre.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane


Watch the fireworks from your window with a room facing the Brisbane River. The South Bank Parklands is a five-minute drive away and the action of LaTrobe Terrace and Eagle Street Pier are a short walk.

Sofitel Brisbane


Sitting near Central Station in Brisbane's CBD, Sofitel is a short walk to the river where you can watch the New Year's fireworks. When you're not celebrating the new year, the 5-star property has a heated pool and spa features a chic bar and lounge.

Oaks Charlotte Towers


Conveniently situated in the city centre and guests can benefit from the in-house fitness centre and plunge pool for relaxation.

Royal on the Park Hotel

HotelClub.RoyalonParkBrisbaneWake up to the beautiful Botanic Gardens and stay in the centre of Brisbane's bustling CBD. Perks include a fitness centre, free unlimited Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a business centre.

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