What to do on New Year’s Eve in Brisbane

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

When do the New Year’s Eve fireworks start and where can I watch them?

The fireworks are set off along the Brisbane River, with the best vantage point being along South Bank and the focal point being the Story Bridge.

There will be two shows:

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

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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.

Keep an eye out for deals on New Year’s cruises in Brisbane and watch these sites:

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Where to stay on New Year’s Eve in Brisbane

Rydges South Bank Brisbane


About the hotel: Stay in luxury at the 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. Facilities include bars, two restaurants and an outdoor pool.

Brisbane Marriott


About the hotel: 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


About the hotel: Watch the fireworks from your own window with a room facing the Brisbane River. The South Bank Parklands are a five-minute drive away, and the action of LaTrobe Terrace and Eagle Street Pier are a short walk. The Stamford Plaza offers guests 24-hour room service, a fitness centre, a hot tub, a poolside terrace, and high-end restaurants and cafes.

Sofitel Brisbane


About the hotel: Sitting near Central Station in Brisbane's CBD, the Sofitel is a short walk down 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.

Mantra on the Quay


About the hotel: If you prefer apartment-style accommodation, Mantra on the Quay is a central and elegant option that offers a pool, fitness facilities, a tennis court, a spa and a sauna in public areas.

Royal on the Park Hotel


About the hotel: Wake 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.

Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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