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New Year’s Eve in Cairns 2021/2022

What to do in Cairns on New Year's Eve, from fireworks to dinner.

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With the sun shining and the beach at your beck and call, there's no better way to start off the new year than with a party in Cairns.

From beachside dinners to island parties, there's a little something for everybody. Yes, including those midnight fireworks.

Where to watch the Cairns New Year's Eve fireworks

Due to COVID-19, where you can watch the fireworks in Cairns may change to comply with social distancing measures. At this stage, no changes have been advised but there will be QR code checkpoints.

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The best place to witness the sky crack with the light of New Year's fireworks is on Cairns Esplanade. There will be a 8:30pm show for kids and families. For those wanting to stay up, enjoy the grand finale midnight spectacular.

Around 30,000 people usually flock to the shore to catch both pyrotechnic performances. But you won't have to struggle to find space or an unimpeded view as anywhere along the Esplanade is fine. In previous years there's been plenty to keep all entertained from 5pm onwards at Fogerty Park, with on-stage and roving entertainment and amusement park rides.

For those seeking to get away from the crowds, there's a handful of alternate options a short drive away. These include:

  • Red Arrow: Keep this a quiet one by hiking up to the lookout for views of the fireworks over Cairns Esplanade.
  • Palm Cove hosts its own fireworks along the Palm Cove Jetty at 8:30pm.
  • Port Douglas hosts family-friendly fireworks at 8pm on top of the traditional midnight fireworks on the foreshore. Recommended viewing spots are The Combined Club and Anzac Park.

Best New Year's Eve dinners in Cairns

These are the restaurants in Cairns that have confirmed their dining options for New Year's Eve.

  • New Year's Eve at Paper Crane. Indulge in the finest foods Paper Crane has to offer, enjoying live music and views over the esplanade as you wave goodbye to 2021. Sunset seating tickets from $69 and evening seating tickets from $89.
  • Coco's Kitchen and Bar. Make a stop at Coco's Kitchen and Bar to enjoy your last delicious meal for the year. With 3 dining options for NYE, you can opt for a casual charcuterie board paired with a beverage package or a seafood buffet with a glass of beer or wine on arrival with seatings available at 5:30pm or 8:30pm. Charcuterie board package from $65 per person, 6:30pm dinner seating from $99 per person and 8:30pm seating from $130 per person.
  • Dim Sum Disco. Miss Chief's Dim Sum Disco is a mighty affair with 6 courses of dim sum and live music until late. 6-course meal and cocktail from $69 per person.
  • New Year's Eve at Salt House. Every year Salt House hosts one of the most swanky soirees of the year on 31 December. This year is no different. It features a 3-course luxury meal and cocktail party package. That's all followed by live entertainment and DJ. Tickets from $139pp.
  • Cairns Aquarium at Twilight with Seafood Platter: If you're looking to start celebrating earlier in the evening, head to the Cairns Aquarium for an after hours VIP tour, drinks and appetisers in the Oceanarium before making your way to Dundee's Restaurant to tuck into a seafood platter. Tickets from $149pp. (SOLD OUT)
  • Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa. Treat yourself to a delicious 3-course meal featuring options like Moreton Bay bugs, eye fillet with truffle jus, sweet potato mash, mushrooms and glazed carrot and cheesecake with caramel sauce and ice cream. 3-course meal from $129 per person. (SOLD OUT)
  • Poolside BBQ at Moku. Feast on low and slow live BBQ including brisket, pork spit roast, charcoal chicken, seasonal salads and finished with festive desserts. Adults from $39 per person, Kids (14 and below) from $19 per person (including unlimited soft drink). (SOLD OUT)

Best Cairns New Year's Eve parties and events

Here are the biggest parties from last year that may be making a return in 2021:

  • NYE Pirate Party: You'll be burning up the dance floor with Trinity Beach Tavern's Pirate Party with the DJ playing tunes from 9pm until late. Splurge with the all-inclusive package that includes canapés, an oyster and charcuterie grazing station and a 3-hour beverage package. Tickets from $99 per person.
  • Gilligan's. You'll be burning up the dance floor with Gilligan's New Year's Heroes vs Villains party ft. international guest DJ's NERVO.
  • Get Lei'd NYE at Flamingos Tiki Bar. Have a laid back NYE with friends, cocktails and best of all no bookings or cover charges. Free Entry
  • 80s Tropical Block Party. Finish off your 2021 with visits to Three Wolves, Flamingos Tiki Bar and Wolf Lane Distillery. The 3 iconic venues are coming together to bring you a night you'll never forget. Free Entry
  • Hemingway's Splash Off 2021 NYE Party. It's all in the name with this one. Say goodbye to the year that was by dancing the night away to live music and a full menu to choose from including paella, seafood and suckling pig. Get your tropical outfit together and head down. Free Entry
  • 2021 NYE White Party. Party your way into the new year with a host of talented DJs including J-Dub.
  • NYE 80s Glam Party at the Benson. Wear out your shoes on the dance floor at this iconic NYE party. There are prizes for best dressed in addition to canapés and a smorgasbord of seafood and mixed meats. Tickets from $299 per person.

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Things to do on New Year's Eve in Cairns

Finish off 2021 with a bang with these epic experiences that are available on 31 December.

New Year's Eve cruises in Cairns

Spirit of Cairns New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink as you board the Spirit of Cairns and cruise along the Trinity Inlet and Cairns waterfront precinct. You'll enjoy canapés before tucking into a 3-course spread and having uninterrupted views of the 9pm fireworks. Prices from $240 for adults and $135 for kids aged 4–14.


New Year's Eve accommodation options in Cairns

Cairns has an abundance of hotel rooms to retire to after a long night out on the town. Book these now though because they're bound to sell out quickly.


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