New Year’s Eve in Darwin 2019/2020 | What’s happening on NYE

All the tips for having a top New Year's Eve in the Top End.

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Fireworks in the sky.

So you're in Darwin for New Year’s Eve? From fireworks and a party on a boat to a sit-down dinner by the sea, there's plenty to do in the Top End city.

Here's where we'd be if we were in Darwin on 31 December this year.

Darwin Waterfront events: Fireworks and festivities

If there's one place you need to be to celebrate the turn of the year, it's Darwin Waterfront.

It all kicks off from 4pm where there will be free family-friendly entertainment including a concert, tribute stage show and children's performers. Food stalls will keep the whole tribe sated from start to finish.

Make sure you take a break at 9pm though for the family fireworks and again at midnight for the main event.

If you'd prefer to DIY your dinner you can bring a picnic basket with you - though bear in mind no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Darwin's New Year’s Eve fireworks show will kick off at the Darwin Waterfront at 9pm, and then again for the main event at midnight. So grab that picnic basket and bring the whole family.

To get the crowd pumping, there's an outdoor concert before the light show. There will be also local retailers and food stalls selling things to eat and drink.

Best New Year’s Eve dinners in Darwin

  • Pee Wee’s at the Point: Dine on a set menu with a clear view over Fannie Bay for the midnight fireworks.
  • Il Lido: Set on the lagoon in Darwin and reserve a seat overlooking NYE fireworks. This year offers a drink, finger-food and entertainment for $35.

Best Darwin New Year’s Eve events and parties

  • Dinah Beach: Join the party at the Dinah Beach Cruise Yacht Association for live music in a casual atmosphere. It's licensed to keep the party going until 2pm. Free event.
  • New Year’s Eve VIP View with Sail Darwin: Take to the water and get the VIP view of the fireworks from aboard Sail Darwin's yacht, including free-flowing champagne and tapas for dinner. Tickets from $190 per person, or $350 for an overnight stay on the boat, including breakfast on New Year's Day.
  • Monsoons: Expect a party at this bar and restaurant, with live DJ and licensed to party until 6am. The event is free before 9pm.

Best New Year’s Eve accommodation in Darwin

Need somewhere to stay on 31 December?

These are some of the closest accommodations that are available within easy access to the fireworks at Darwin Waterfront.

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

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