Your ultimate guide for what’s on around Australia this New Year’s Eve
2014 is quickly looming, and you know what that means – another New Year’s Eve is upon us! All over Australia, partygoers and merrymakers will be celebrating in style. If you haven’t made any plans for the big night yet, don’t fret. There are still countless opportunities for you to get amongst the New Year’s Eve action! Just check out some of our suggestions below for inspiration. Wherever you are in Australia when the clock strikes midnight, here’s hoping you have a magical start to the year.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in the heart of Melbourne city or you’re trawling through the city-side suburbs – either way, you’re bound to have an amazing New Year’s Eve. The spectacular fireworks display on the Yarra is always worth a gander, so make sure you have a clear view of the Melbourne skyline on the night. Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Docklands are all great vantage points! Families should check out the Early Eve events at the Yarra and Footscray Parks, which feature live music and fun carnival activities for the little ones. Meanwhile, those who are in the mood for dancing and drinks should head to the classy bars alongside Yarra River, Docklands and Southbank. If you’re keen to get out of the city, the suburbs of South Yarra, St Kilda and Fitzroy are going all out with cocktail and canapé events, elaborately themed dress-up parties, and masquerade balls galore!
Classy is as classy does in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, with the Sydney Opera House staging an amazing orchestral concert from the Australian Pops Orchestra on the night. If you’re after something a little more relaxed, you can’t beat the beautiful scenery and soothing sounds at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden – pack a picnic and gather all your friends around for the occasion. Meanwhile, people who are planning to have a big night out will be stoked to hear about the Opera Bar’s World Famous Beach Party, a great event for anyone who wants to spend their New Year’s Eve on the dance floor.
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest highlights of Brisbane’s social calendar, so there’s no shortage of potential party destinations. There are a huge variety of exciting themed parties in South Bank, including the Moulin Rouge-inspired event at 5ifth Element and the five-hour New Year’s Eve package at The Jetty. Nab a good position to “ooh” and “aah” at the fireworks display in the beautiful South Bank Parklands, or alternately at one of the numerous gourmet restaurants along Eagle Street Pier. Craving some good tunes? Fortitude Valley is the place for you. The huge line-up at Cloudland’s Enchanted Garden, boasting a six-piece band and Brisbane’s best DJs, is just one of many of the night’s musical hotspots.
Perth, Western Australia
Perth has some incredible New Year’s Eve events on offer, from fine wine and dining to raging dance parties to stimulating live entertainment. If you’re a bit on the traditional side, ring in the new year by sitting down to a sumptuous buffet dinner at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, or by enjoying the delectable five-course dinner at the Old Brewery. If you’re anticipating a glamorous and sophisticated night out, dress up to the nines and grab a group of friends to head to Crown Perth’s Hollywood party with. Otherwise, if you’re after something more wacky, go crazy at the Mindarie Marina Hotel’s zombie-themed extravaganza. It’s bound to be a blast!
Adelaide, South Australia
Elder Park is clearly the place for families to be in Adelaide this New Year’s Eve – there’s an enormous variety of delicious food stalls and live musical performances, as well as a built-in view of the stunning annual fireworks show. All the wild young things will undoubtedly be heading to Zhivago, Adelaide’s leading basement nightclub, which will be pumping out dance tracks all night long. Meanwhile, rooftop bar fans will love watching the fireworks from Rocket Rooftop, which is hosting a fabulous Tiki-themed party to welcome in the new year.
Those who are spending their New Year’s Eve in Hobart are sure to have a wonderful night. The waterfront will be teeming with celebrants, as the hugely anticipated Taste of Tasmania’s 25th Birthday Bash features bands playing on two stages, a range of DJs, exciting circus-inspired acts, and fun pop-up performances. Salamanca in general will be a highly popular New Year’s Eve location, boasting fine dining, classy cafes, packed pubs, and even floating fish and chip restaurants! Don’t forget to cheer loudly as the thrilling Sydney to Hobart yacht race sails to completion on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront.
As you can see, Australia is fairly bursting with amazing New Year’s Eve events. This means that no matter where you’ll be, whether you want a relaxed night out or you’d prefer to party hard, you can welcome in 2014 in any style you like. Have a very Happy New Year!