New Year’s Eve on the Gold Coast 2019/2020 | What’s happening on NYE

Everything you need to know to ring in the new year in style on the Gold Coast.

Hoping to start 2020 off on the right foot on the Gold Coast by counting down the minutes to the fireworks from your hand-picked vantage point, your hot table or with mates at the coolest club? You've come to the right place.

Whatever your agenda, from the sands of Surfers Paradise to Braodbeach, we've got the intel on where you need to be.

Where to watch the Gold Coast New Year's Eve fireworks

While the 2019/2020 events haven't been announced yet, here's what happened last year.

The Gold Coast hosts numerous fireworks displays in and around the city. The most popular and arguably the most spectacular are:

LocationTimeWhat to expect
Surfers Paradise8pm and midnightTake in three pyrotechnics displays throughout the night with a beachfront view. Vantage points for the 8pm and midnight shows are ideal anywhere along Surfers Paradise Beach.
Southport8.30pmBroadwater Parklands offers the best vantage point for those catching the early Southport fireworks. It often features food trucks from 5pm onward.
Broadbeach8pm and midnightKurrawa Park and Pratten Park generally host live performances from the first fireworks display right to the last over Broadbeach. Both are popular options for catching the night show.
Coolangatta9pm and midnightOn the beach is where you should be sure to watch the fireworks over Coolangatta. True story.
Coomera9pmThis kid-friendly event features amusement park rides as well as live music and food stalls.

Best New Year’s Eve dinner specials on the Gold Coast

  • Southport Yacht Club: Put your monies toward your NYE dinner at Southport Yacht Club and in return you'll receive a seafood buffet and live entertainment. Bookings are essential.
  • Dracula's: For something a little different, Dracula's on the Gold Coast serves up an entertainment night of bloodsucking cabaret. Tickets are $150 and includes a three-course dinner, ghost train ride, and show.
  • Four Winds 360° Revolving Restaurant: Panoramic city views and an incredible buffet dinner is what you're signing yourself up for at Four Winds. Dinner seatings are available with corresponding tickets. Tickets TBC.
  • Garden Kitchen and Bar: Start the evening off with a late one at 9pm at Garden Kitchen and Bar. The dinner package usually includes a 3-hour beverage package, entertainment and access to the lawn. Bookings are essential. Tickets TBC.
  • Cucina Vivo: Viva la casino. Housed within Star Casino, Cucina Vivo has an a la carte seating at 5pm or a set degustation menu, including 4 hours of drinks. The venue also has a balcony overlooking the fireworks so you witness all the action. Tickets TBC.
  • Harvest Buffet: Book into one of the best buffet dinners in town, located inside Star Casino. Open from 5pm-midnight. Tickets TBC.
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove: Tuck into a buffet dinner at Cafe Cove with the whole family in tow. On the menu is Morten Bay bugs, spanner crabs, New Year's lollipops and more. Prices start from $145 for adults, which includes bubbles on arrival. Kids welcome. Booking is essential.
  • Palazzo Versace: The swanky hotel has dinner packages guaranteed to stun. Opulence is on the table tonight with a seafood buffet in Il Barocco restaurant for $169 for an early sitting or $249 for a later sitting which includes a premium beverage package. At the hotel's other restaurant Vanitas you can enjoy a 5-course degustation for $450. This includes paired wines and champagne on arrival. Both end at 10pm after which the Bianco Ball opens for a night of splendour in the lead up to the midnight fireworks. Entry to the ball is $250, which includes a three-hour beverage package and glass of champagne on arrival.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Glam up and rock out on the last night of 2019 at Hard Rock Cafe. Dinner packages are available. Tickets TBC.

Best family-friendly Gold Coast New Year’s Eve events

  • New Year's Carnival in Surfers Paradise: Tuck in for a night of family fun on one of the Gold Coast's most renowned beaches. The event starts as early as Thursday evening 27 December and runs until the last fireworks have cracked the sky on New Year's Day. On top of three different fireworks displays, the event features carnival rides and plenty of food options.

Best Gold Coast New Year's Eve cruises

  • Wyndham Cruises: Catch the fireworks from your spot of the water with a cruise that takes you on Broadwater and past coastal landmarks before pausing for the midnight show. This cruise features live music, beverage package and canapes. Tickets TBC.
  • Wicked Pub Crawl: Self-proclaimed as one of the best party boats in the Gold Coast, Wicked Pub Crawl hosts a New Year's Eve cruise complete with finger food, online party photos and live music. First release tickets start at $49pp.
  • Gold Coast Party Cruises: For that affordable cruise party, look no further than Gold Coast Party Cruises. Packages start from $89 and include DJ, party games and other live entertainment.

Gold Coast New Year's Eve accommodation

Still need somewhere to stay on 31 December on the Gold Coast? These hotels and resorts still have rooms available on New Year's Eve:

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