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New Year’s Eve in Cairns 2020/2021

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

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The below information is for New Year's Eve 2020/2021. We'll update this page with information about the 2021/2022 events once available.

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 check points.

The best place to witness the sky crack with the light of New Year's fireworks is on Cairns Esplanade. There will be a 9pm show for kids and families and for those who can stay up for it there was 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. Anywhere along the Esplanade is fine and there is plenty to keep all entertained from 5pm onwards at Fogerty Park. This includes on-stage and roving entertainment and amusement park rides.

For those seeking to get away from the crowds you've a handful of alternate options a short drive away. This includes:

  • 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 foreshore at 9pm.
  • Port Douglas hosts family-friendly fireworks at 8.30pm on top of the the traditional midnight fireworks on the foreshore. Recommend 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.

  • News Year's Eve at Nu Nu: Let someone else do the cooking with a 3-course dinner, 4-choice set menu and a cocktail upon arrival - need we say more? Starts at 5pm.
  • New Year's Eve at Paper Crane: Indulge in the finest foods Paper Crane has to offer as you wave goodbye to the last 12 months. Runs from 5pm-11:45pm.
  • Pullman Cairns: Dine on a 4-course dinner with local produce accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine on arrival before dancing the night away. Two restaurant seating from 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Coco's Bar will be open from 5:30pm until late.
  • 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 special three course meal and cocktail party package. That's all followed by live entertainment and DJ.
  • The Chambers: Head to SoMa and get ready to wine and dine your way to 2021. On the three-course menu is house scallops, wagyu eye fillet and croquembouche and on the welcome drinks tray are glasses of Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne (one per person). TBC.

Things to do on New Year's Eve in Cairns

Finish off 2020 with a bang with these epic experiences that are available on 31 December.

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip
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Best Cairns New Year's Eve parties and events

Here are the biggest parties that are going to be bringing 2020 to a close.

  • Gilligan's: You'll be burning up the dance floor with Gilligan's New Year's Lockdown Pyjama Party. Runs from 6pm-5am.
  • 80s Tropical Block Party: Finish off your 2020 with visits to Three Wolves, Flamingos Tiki Bar and Wolf Lane Distillery. The three iconic venues are coming together to bring you a night you'll never forget. Runs from 5pm-2am.
  • Hemingway's F. OFF 2020 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. Starts from 5pm.
  • 2021 NYE White Party: Party your way into the new year with a host of talented DJs including J-Dub. This gig has you sorted from 8pm-5am.
  • Let's Dance: If you want to dance your heart away to bring in the new year, AJ Hackett Cairns is the place to be. From 6pm-2am.

New Year's Eve accommodation options in Cairns

Cairns has an abundant choice 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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