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.

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Gold Coast fireworks NYE.

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 Broadbeach, 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

  • SkyPoint at Q1: Turn back the clock to a time of big hair and big music AKA the 80s at this retro party. Perched above the city, your night out includes observation deck entry as well as 2 hours of canapes, interactive food station, a 4.5 hour beverage package and DJ's spinning all the hits until 1am on New Year's Day. Tickets $199.
  • Palazzo Versace: The swanky hotel has dinner packages and a waterfront location with views guaranteed to stun. This year's details have yet to be confirmed but opulence is expected on the table with previous years featuring a seafood buffet in Il Barocco restaurant and a 5-course degustation at the hotel's other restaurant Vanitas. Both typically end early to let you pop into the Bianco Ball in the lead up to the midnight fireworks.
  • Dracula's: For something a little different, Dracula's on the Gold Coast serves up an entertaining night of bloodsucking cabaret. Tickets are $85 for cabaret seating or $150 for a three-course dinner, ghost train ride, and show.

Garden Kitchen and Bar fireworks.

  • Southport Yacht Club: Put your monies toward your NYE dinner in Southport Yacht Club's Compass Room and Waterfront Restaurants. Stay in the compass room for a 3-course meal with drinks and the chance to see the 9pm fireworks for $99pp. Or mosey into the Waterfront Restaraunt for a more casual affair with seafood buffet, drinks and the chance to catch both the 9pm and midnight fireworks for $109pp.
  • 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 (pictured): Start the evening off with a late one at 9pm at Garden Kitchen and Bar. The dinner package usually includes a set menu, 4-hour beverage package, entertainment and access to the lawn. Bookings are essential. Tickets $180.
  • Cucina Vivo: Viva la casino. Housed within Star Casino, Cucina Vivo has two seatings one from 5-7pm and the other from 8pm to midnight. In other words, you want in on the second seating. This includes a 5-course degustation menu and 4 hours of drinks. The venue also has a balcony overlooking the fireworks so you witness all the action. Tickets from $77.17 (first seating).
  • Harvest Buffet: Book into one of the best buffet dinners in town, located inside Star Casino. Open from 5.30pm-midnight across two seatings. In true NYE style you'll receive a glass of bubbles on arrival. Tickets $101.87pp.
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove: Tuck into a buffet dinner at Cafe Cove with the whole family in tow. On the menu is seared wagyu with parsnip puree, seasonal passionfruit and a glass of Chandon on arrival. Prices start from $165 for adults. Kids welcome. Booking is essential.
  • 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 Gold Coast New Year's Eve parties and events

  • Fireworks on the Lawn at Garden Kitchen Bar at The Star: If you can't quite afford the $180 for the restaurant package, round up the crew for a pop-up picnic on its lawn. The lawn is free admission though you can add picnic packages for $999 which covers 8 people (so around $125 per person). For this you'll get cheese and charcuterie boards and a 3-hour beverage package from 7-10pm. You'll also have a starring view of the fireworks, pop-up lawn bar and entertainment from 4pm.
  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Lagoon Beach Party: Snag a VIP ticket to one of the hottest beach NYE parties this year and you'll receive the works: a four course gourmet meal and five hours of drinks, exclusive access to the beach lagoon and a view of the fireworks at midnight. Tickets are $249 per person. This an adult's only event.
  • Atrium Bar at The Star: Live music, comfy new booths and a wide range of beverages will have you ringing in the new year in style. Bookings required.

Surfers Paradise Carnival.

Best family-friendly Gold Coast New Year’s Eve event:

  • 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 two different fireworks displays (8pm and midnight off Surfers Paradise Beach), the event features carnival rides and plenty of food options.

Best Gold Coast New Year's Eve cruises

  • Seaworld Cruises: Take off from Surfers Paradise ring in the new year with a beverage package, canapes, small boat cruise and, most importantly, fireworks over Broadwater. Tickets $199.
  • 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 party cruise complete with finger food, online party photos and live music. Second release tickets start at $100pp.
  • 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.
  • Anyboat: Who wants to party with strangers when you can charter your own boat? Anyboat gives you that option with 10+ private boat hires from $400 an hour in December/January.

Gold Coast accommodation for New Year's Eve that's still available

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. We'll update this list as rooms sell out.

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast

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